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By Don Debelak

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One of the biggest obstacles inventors face is making aprototype or model. Inventors who have to rely on others to maketheir product often spend thousands trying to get a model built. Ifyou can't afford an expensive prototype, check out JackLander's Web site, www.inventorhelp.com. Lander, acolumnist for Inventors Digest magazine, sells reports on the site,including How to Cast Your Own Plastic Parts at RoomTemperature, Without Expensive Equipment and How to Make Drawingsfor Purchasing Prototypes.

Your local inventor organization may be able to refer you toprototype shops that work for a share of the products or at a lowhourly rate. You can find inventor groups in your area at www.uiausa.org, the Web site of theUnited Inventors Association of the U.S.A. This site is great forfirst-time inventors-it includes the steps a novice should take anda comprehensive FAQ section.

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