Analytical prototype is an early version of a product that is designed with essential functionalities to be tested, measured and observed. It is used to analyse the performance and identify potential issues before building the final product. Analytical prototypes are usually mathematical models or simulations which can provide valuable insights into the product's performance under different conditions such as environment, load, impact etc. These types of prototypes are useful for testing complex systems which may require specialized equipment or resources not available in a laboratory setting. Utilizing analytical prototypes helps designers make informed decisions about their products and optimize them for better performance and reliability.
Analytical prototypes are also known as virtual prototyping as they are created using simulations and mathematical models without any physical components. They are efficient for iterative design processes where changes can be made quickly without having to build new physical parts each time. Additionally, analytical prototypes can provide accurate information on how a system will behave in different scenarios at much lower cost than actual experiments.
Related Keywords: Mathematical Model, Simulation, Virtual Prototyping, Performance Analysis, Iterative Design