Would you mind describing what type of product it is? I have some experience dealing with product prototyping when I was apart of a company that built watercraft and generally we start with a CAD drawing and a 3D printing machine to develop the first prototype out of foam or light plastic before taking it to production.
Check out emachineshop.com This company gives you the software for free to draw out you product and they will produce a model in pretty much any material you request. Again, I don't know what type of product this is, so my recommendation is some what ambiguous.
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