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A Manufacturing Grant for Campus Innovation

Are you a faculty member or college student with a game-changing idea that would benefit from digital manufacturing?

The Cool Idea Award program is here to propel your project to the finish line with a manufacturing grant that includes: Protolabs services, 1-on-1 engineer support, and promotion to the masses. We are currently seeking ideas from:

  • Student groups/clubs
  • Undergraduate and graduate researchers
  • Faculty researchers
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – LunaMOTH space exploration tool

What does a Cool Idea Award partner receive?

  • A manufacturing grant that can be used for Protolabs’ injection molding, 3D printing, CNC machining, and sheet metal fabrication services; the grant total is determined by Protolabs on a project-by-project basis
  • Engineering expertise to help analyze your idea’s design for manufacturability
  • Promotion on our various channels (website, social media, etc.)

How do I know if my project is a fit?

We want to partner with people at a variety of educational institutions. The key is that you’re developing innovative ideas and products to help solve problems. With that, we have a few qualifications:

  • Your educational institution must be based in the United States
  • Your project is associated with your university
  • You have a 3D CAD file that is ready for manufacturability analysis

I think my project could be a fit! What’s next?

We would love to hear from you and learn more! Please send an email to Brent Renneke at [email protected] . Remember to include the following:

  • A description of the product or idea under development and why it is a unique innovation within your field
  • The problem or opportunity it addresses
  • The stage your product is in (e.g., early production)
  • How your product differentiates itself from competitors
Formula SAE vehicle with 3D-printed air intake plenum

Formula SAE vehicle with 3D-printed air intake plenum