Once you have reviewed the 3D CAD of the mechanical design a prototype will then be made direct from that information. Depending on the parts, these will either be made in-house or sub-contracted.
If multiple copies of moulded components are required these will be produced by making silicone tools and using vacuum casting. Similarly, metal parts can be duplicated using various prototype casting techniques.
The prototypes then need to be carefully checked and tested to make sure that they work correctly. This will minimise delays caused by changes needing to be made to the production tooling.