Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award

Proto Labs announced a new program called Cool Idea! Award. The new program will award $100,000 worth of prototyping and short-run production services to award recipients. The idea behind Cool Idea! Award is to help product designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to bring innovative products to life. The focus is on helping designers take a product idea or part from a 3D CAD model to its first-run production stage. One or more winners will be selected each quarter.

Winners will receive $100,000 in Firstcut CNC machined and/or Protomold injection molded parts. Award recipents can use their fully functional Firstcut and Protomold parts for prototyping, design iterations, testing, or even an initial production run-in short, helping move a project from pie-in-the-sky to product-on-the-shelf.

To apply for a Cool Idea! award, you need to download and complete the application form. You will need to provide the following information:

  • A description of the project/product
  • An explanation for why you think their project/product is cool
  • What kind of support do you need (molded parts, machined parts, quantities, time line, etc.)?
  • What is the overall benefit to the end-user of your product

After you’ve sent in your application, you will need to upload your 3D CAD model for review. Cool Idea! Award recipients will have 90 days to use their award.

Proto Labs is a custom manufacturer of prototype and low-volume parts. Their Firstcut CNC machining service and Protomold injection molding services provide real parts from a 3D CAD model in as fast as one business day.

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