Proto Labs, Inc.
Rapid Prototyping Services
“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)
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)
Plastic Molding Services
Our Design Cube illustrates important considerations when designing plastic injection molded parts. It showcases a range of available surface finishes and examples of bosses, gussets, and ribs. It also demonstrates the impact on part quality of overly thick or thin sections, as well as ways to incorporate holes and their potential effect on resin flow. Register today and get yours free! (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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Our Demo Mold is an instructive plastic model that shows the injection-molding mechanics behind the production of parts. See how the A and B sides of a mold interact with ejector pins, side-actions, gates, runners and other design features to create the prototypes that product designers and engineers see every day. Order a free Demo Mold now. (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)
Protogami’s three-dimensional flexagons create a continual kaleidocycle that exposes a different set of triangular faces with each turn of its living hinges. It lets product designers and engineers see commonly used materials like ABS, PC and acetal, and how they interact with different surface finishes. Register for a free Protogami today. (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)
Proto Labs helps remove the speed bumps created by tedious quoting times with an automated system that provides an interactive quote within hours of uploading a 3D CAD model. You can make adjustments to the surface finish, material and delivery of your parts inside the quote and pricing will update in real time. (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)