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German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general)
German term or phrase:prototypischer Durchlauf
This term is part of a heading on a Powerpoint slide.
The full heading is:
"Prototypischer Durchlauf des Produktentwicklungsprozesses"
The flow of the product development process is then described i.e. all the steps and procedures are outlined in the order in which they occur.
I had thought of the following translation:
"Stepping through the product development process model"
In other words, I thought that "model" might capture the meaning of "prototypisch". The problem with using the word "prototype" in English is that I find it smacks of a rough and ready version of something that isn't finished yet, whereas this product development process is very much established and in regular use.
Explanation: I think (although you may contradict me from your greater knowledge of the context) that when they say prototype they mean prototype, but they have expressed theh idea clumsily in that it is not the product development process that is a prototype, but the products themselves. I interpret it as meaning that this is the (well-established) development process by means of which (prototype) products are developed. It is a "product development process for prototype items".
Armorel Young Local time: 15:09 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 99
Notes to answerer
Asker: I appreciate your comment. However, the product development process described here is most certainly about the development of the fully finished product, as the final stage of the process is the market launch of the product. I think I'm tending towards "trial run", as I think the idea is to give the participants at the training course an idea of how the process works. Perhaps prototypical is used in the sense of a kind of template.