Service announcements from Proto Labs, Inc.

Rapid Prototyping Services

2015 COOL PARTS CALENDAR
Designed by designers and engineered for engineers, our annual Cool Parts Calendar features the visions of product developers across the nation and around the world. It features holidays, industry tradeshow dates, and (of course) those elusive days of the week. Request your free calendar today. (read more)

“Our mission is to end nosocomial infections once and for all, and ensure the safety of patients in the US and beyond.” (read more)

Mason jars—the ones Great Grandma used to fill up with green beans every fall—are made to be reused. Sometime after John L. Mason patented them, someone realized that they could be reused for something besides preserving fruits and vegetables, adding a handle and turning the venerable storage jar into a mug. (read more)

“Traditional chemical testing seemed slow and cumbersome. We’ve gotten used to instant access to information and in many areas have found the technology to achieve that." (read more)

Mold Making Services

Protomold®, a Proto Labs service, is a custom injection molding company that can ship real injection molded parts as fast as the next business day after receipt of a 3D CAD model. Real Parts. Really Fast. ISO 9001:2008 certified. (read more)

Not only is Protomold the fastest, easiest and most cost effective way to get short run injection molded parts, we also strive to be the most helpful. We provide design guidelines, material advice, example pricing, and other resources. (read more)

CNC Machining Services

Roger Schmitz has a simple formula for designing a great new product: build and test; build and test; then build and test some more. That’s what he and the development team at Fortiori Design in Spicer Minnesota have been doing since he first conceptualized the Moxy muscle oxygen sensor in the fall of 2010. (read more)

Need only 1-10 parts? Our Firstcut process uses standard materials to produce truly functional prototype parts. Upload your 3D CAD model and receive a web-based, interactive 3D FirstQuote® today.

ISO 9001:2008 Certified (read more)

“The case has to precisely fit the electronics, the touchscreen, and the glass. And it has to allow electronic communications between the fully enclosed electronics and the Wi-Fi network.” (read more)

Firstcut®, a Proto Labs service, combines the speed and convenience of rapid prototyping technologies with the advantages of CNC machining to bring you REAL FUNCTIONAL machined plastic prototypes in as little as 1 business day. You get REAL MATERIAL properties and improved surface finishes -- FAST. (read more)

Plastic Molding Services

Ten years ago, we began publishing Protomold Design Tips to help product developers create better injection-molded plastic parts. As a resource, we’ve gathered some of our most useful manufacturing advice from the past decade in a collection of essential tips. (read more)

Design Tip Subscription

Would you like helpful advice and suggestions to efficiently and cost-effectively design your injection molded parts? This e-newsletter delivers useful tips, advice and guidelines on everything from selecting materials to designing injection molded parts using cams, shut-offs, living hinges and more.

Sign up for our monthly Design Tips today! (read more)

For a general guide to choosing resins for injection molding: see our Resin Selection Guide. For a listing of resins that we keep on hand, go to our Stocked Resins list. To see a list of links to manufacturers, search engines and other resin resources, click on Resin Links, and for resin coloring information: Custom Colors.

Resin Selection Guide... (read more)

Protomold's monthly Design Tips are a popular and useful resource for designers and design engineers. We've compiled over 90 tips for designing injection molded parts in seven handy, downloadable volumes. You'll find useful tips and guidelines on everything from selecting materials to designing parts cost-effectively. Get your free tips today! (read more)

Our Protomold Design Tips email newsletter arrives in subscribers' inbox once a month, delivering helpful advice and suggestions for efficiently and cost-effectively designing injection molded parts. Tips are delivered the last Wednesday of every month. (read more)

"Designing for Moldability" from Protomold® is a quick-reference user guide for rapid injection molding, great for engineers and designers. Download this invaluable guide today! (read more)

Contract Manufacturing Services

Proto Labs, through its Protomold injection molding service and Firstcut CNC machining service, is the world's fastest source for real parts. The company fills a unique niche in the manufacturing of quick turn parts, using a combination of advanced, proprietary software and sophisticated equipment to produce prototype and low volume runs of custom injection molded an... (read more)

Materials Matter: Read up on resin selection

This enlightening white paper guides you in the often daunting task of determining performance parameters of different thermoplastic materials, and selecting the best resin for your application. Get expert advice in this free white paper. (read more)

Proto Labs® is the world's fastest source for custom CNC machined and injection molded parts. With our First Cut® and Protomold® services, you get real materials, real functionality, and real value —in as little as one day. REALLY. (read more)

See how Protomold and Firstcut have helped companies across numerous industries including Automotive, Communications, Electronics, and Medical get their products to market FAST! (read more)

The Proto Labs Journal is a quarterly print journal that provides innovations, ideas, and news on the design and application of rapid injection molding and CNC prototyping. (read more)