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)
Mold Making Services
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)
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.
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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)
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)