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The initial plan was for a sculpture combining bronze birds with approximately 80 multi-colored glass flowers. We looked at the construction company's specs and were moving forward on the design... (View Full Article)
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"Before Protomold, we were using stereolithography for most of our prototypes. The problem was that SLA doesn't use the same resins we use for production. There are significant integrity differences... (View Full Article)
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SOLOSHOT is a two-piece cooperative object tracking system that combines with virtually any camera to track and film a moving subject from up to 2000 feet away. Simply mount a camera on the motorized... (View Full Article)
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"We had three hours to redesign the machined aluminum housings. We sent the revised housing design to Firstcut® and got back a quote for a very complicated part in two hours."... (View Full Article)
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Beginning with sketches, Maraia used SolidWorks software to produce 3D CAD models. "I had developed detailed visual representations but still needed functional prototypes for testing and initial... (View Full Article)
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We first uploaded a 3D CAD model to Proto Labs in August and got back a ProtoQuote® -an automated online quote and design analysis-the next day. I consider ProtoQuote one of the best aspects... (View Full Article)
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"The bottom line is performance," says Dollery, "but our customers are very picky about fit and appearance. "Take the vent-mounted gauge for example. We offer them for a number of different vehicles.... (View Full Article)
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designsUNLIMITED uses Protomold regularly for production of functional prototypes. "The resin in SLA prototypes isn't suitable for thermal, electrical, or mechanical analysis," Ventress says.... (View Full Article)
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Applied Marine Technology, Inc. (AMTI) provides professional and technical services and specialized products for Homeland Security. Since 1991, the Virginia Beach VA company has grown from a three-man... (View Full Article)
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International Game Technology in Reno, Nevada is a global company that designs, manufactures, and sells computerized gaming machines. Diane Strachan is one of the company's product designers. The... (View Full Article)
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"Working with Protomold is like having our own virtual injection molding shop. We use Ashlar-Vellum's Cobalt 3D CAD program to develop designs for a particular installation. Once we've got something... (View Full Article)
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"I'd been seeing Protomold ads in design magazines for several years," says Anderson. "Their prototyping and production services were clearly faster, more fl exible, and less expensive than other... (View Full Article)
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"We worked with a traditional injection molder for the first piece we designed. The parts were costly and delivery took months. At first, we thought there was no alternative; then we found Protomold... (View Full Article)
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"During the prototyping process we did our best to use Protomold's standard delivery time of three weeks," says Hsue. "However, there were times when we utilized its fast-turnaround service to get... (View Full Article)
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Protomold's ProtoQuote also gave Tensys engineers valuable design guidance on how to work within the rapid injection molding process specifi cations, highlighting areas where wall thickness was... (View Full Article)
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Medical device manufacturers that collect and analyze patient data are developing innovative ways to integrate electronics and wireless technology into their products. These innovations often present... (View Full Article)
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Sometimes, Spencer Newman, president of The Newman Group, a medical device manufacturer, wishes he'd discovered Protomold® and First Cut Prototype® a little sooner. "A while back, we were... (View Full Article)
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Using four independent motors, The Quadshot takes off vertically and hovers like a helicopter, enabling it to pitch and roll in all directions. But at the press of a button it adjusts orientation and... (View Full Article)
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Ballard Power Systems' stated mission is to make fuel cells a commercial reality. One of the critical steps in commercialization will be reducing the cost of the technology. In pursuit of this goal,... (View Full Article)
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"We had been brainstorming designs and were looking for rapid prototyping options on the Internet when we ran across Protomold," says development engineer Bobby Byrnes. "We needed to produce a... (View Full Article)
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These days, Crowley is increasingly turning to Protomold of Maple Plain, Minnesota for quick turnaround on in injection molded prototype plastic parts for the devices he develops. He still uses... (View Full Article)
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SkyLight is a device that connects any smartphone to any microscope. This universal plastic mount allows older microscopes to be upgraded to the digital age, and can help transform global healthcare,... (View Full Article)
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In order to validate the concept, it was crucial that the prototype parts have the same mechanical characteristics as the final production versions. Strength, weight, load, injection stress-they... (View Full Article)
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"We were very excited to learn about Protomold. We were both impressed with what they offered-real injection molded prototypes in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional... (View Full Article)