Here’s your situation. You have a design on a breadboard or lab bench, which looks like a tangle of parts, fibre and wires and which may need someone hovering over it to keep it working.
- turn the design into a prototype
- turn the tangle of parts, fibre and wires into something tidy and robust
- put electronics and software around it to make it user-friendly
- put it in a box, so it will survive international shipping
- turn your tangle into a production-ready system in one go (it usually takes two or three iterations)
- make a silk purse from a sow’s ear (if the design concept has fundamental flaws, prototyping won’t fix them)