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Nokia
Protolabs’ digital manufacturing service goes above and beyond for Nokia
Endoscope-I
Small part created by Protolabs plays large part in speeding up cancer diagnoses
Soccerment
Protolabs helps Soccerment develop smart shin pads for football data collection
Lyfecycle
Protolabs helps sustainable plastic innovators Lyfecycle join the race for climate awareness at Extreme E
AEInnova
Development of critical component for self-powered wireless sensors
Ascilion
Good advice on manufacturing was crucial for Ascilion
PolarCool PolarCap® System
Protolabs helps vital head injury relief product enter the premier league
British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)
Protolabs responds swiftly to help first responders save lives
Salta Lure
World-leading fishing lure innovator brings Protolabs on board for vital product development
T+A elektroakustik
Music to our ears - the experts changing audio quality with support from Protolabs
General Drones
Saving lives at sea with support from Protolabs' Multi Jet Fusion and Selective Laser Sintering services
Smiledge
From an idea to a patented product thanks to Protolabs
Befreest
An Idea Transformed into a Device Protecting Those in Offices, Schools and Factories
Forgtin
A Vital Medical Device Quickly Made Market-ready with the Support of Protolabs
Mahle
Protolabs Rapidly Machines 'Phase A' Validation Parts for Vacuum Casting
Cleanbrace
Cleanbrace: Hygiene Innovation on Your Wrist, with the Support of Protolabs
9Barista
Protolabs helps take coffee to new heights
Thorlabs
Protolabs’ combined prototyping and production solution saves months of product development for Thorlabs
Boxing Hand Grenade
Protolabs’ 3D printing helps Shrewsbury inventor’s new boxing training aid go boom
Mectronik
Protolabs helps win the race to develop key component for motorsport
Canute Rail
Protolabs supports the development of critical safety equipment
Dog & Bone
Protolabs answers the call for ‘Dog & Bone’ art project
Entryphone
Entryphone used injection moulding to quickly get their new product to market.
IEVA
Smart Jewellery developed using 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Injection Moulding
Mercedes-AMG HPP and UCL urgent CPAP device
Lives in the UK are being saved after Protolabs’ rapid tooling service helped ramp up production for a crucial breathing aid used in the fight against COVID-19.
Moon Labs - Evo System
Helping a Life Saving Idea Become Real
Comate - Vodka Xau
A drop of technology adds sophistication to an exceptional vodka
3D Printed Rhinoceros Skull
State-Of-The-Art Technologies Provide Researchers With New Insights
VSP Optical
Eyewear maker uses rapid injection moulding to accelerate design validation in fitness tracker
Opus KSD
An innovative new surgical tool from Opus KSD closes incisions with subcutaneous, bio-absorbable fasteners.
HemoSonics
HemoSonics used 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection moulding to quickly develop blood analysis machine
A Front Seat on Driving Innovation
TRW Automotive’s clock spring components take advantage of injection moulding at Protolabs
PolarCool
Protolabs’ automated tools speed up iterative development for vital medical cooling unit
ICE
Falmouth based ICE, develops wrist rest and gets the product to market quickly with the help of Protolabs
Atlas
Exoskeleton to combat lumbar pain.
Cablewings
When innovations take wing
Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin Brings Exoskeleton to Life
The Lourd’innov Steripass® Transfer System
Fast prototypes offer more scope during design review for Lourd’innov
PepsiCo R&D Team Elevates Packaging Design with 3D Printing
Global food and beverage brand creates replica Black Panther mask with Multi Jet Fusion
Piavita
Swiss company, Piavita, achieved a breakthrough in long-term stress-free examination for horses with their new Vet System.
ISAR Gears
With the aerospace industry increasing demand for electronic drives, ISAR was only too happy to take on the challenge – with expert support from Protolabs
Rotork
Following development trials by Rotork engineers, a patented, ground breaking solution is proving to be highly effective at preventing valve leakage.
Stream Lion
Engineering consulting firm uses production 3D printing to bring new modal hammer design to market.
The Goodsmith Protective Horseshoe
Goodsmith combines barefoot movement with the need for shoeing with plastic parts made by Protolabs.
HP
Tech giant uses moulding to trim development time from months to weeks for next-generation printers
LUMA-ID
The Powerfist Gauntlet from popular fantasy game Warhammer became reality thanks to Luma ID and Protolabs
The Shadow Robot Company
Making robots really useful
Hager
Hager lights the way with an innovative electrical control system
ITL Group
Helping to Make Food Safer
2045Tech
Launch of New ‘Floome’ Model to Market
Alstom
Choo Choo: Protolabs helps Alstom’s Loco Competition Entry Keep on Track!
Epson
Electronics giant leverages rapid prototyping to enhance comfort, design of Moverio augmented reality glasses
Auxtail
Innovative vehicle accessory designer partners with Protolabs
2Stroke Stuffing
Protolabs supports effort to break speed record
Novax DMA
Protolabs supports Novax DMA with the production of a highly specialist part
Naturebytes
Connecting with nature through technology
EasiChef by AGI Solutions
Sitting at the dock of kitchen innovation
David Spanton
Ride on time!
LG Allen Design
Pushing pedal power through precision design
Harris Corporation
Government contractor Harris Corporation lauds insert moulding’s benefits
University of Sheffield Formula Racing
Supporting the next generation of engineers
Tervis Tumbler
Tervis Tumbler leverages rapid injection moulding for both prototypes and end-use parts
Nebulem
Design consultancy Nebulem—Bringing Ideas to Life
SBT Aqua
Groundbreaking water-analysis technology
S'up Spoon
Award-winning Cutlery
Lockheed Martin
Indago drone takes flight with automated design analysis
Zellwerk GmbH
Protolabs Reinforces the War on Cancer
Weinor GmbH & Co. KG
Protolabs Keeping Weinor Cool
Scion-Sprays
Protolabs Helps Scion-Sprays to win €4 million Order
Samrey Generators and Turbines
Samrey Generators and Turbines
Proven Energy
Proven by name, proven by nature
Origin Product Design
Design Through Engineering
OceanLED
Components for state-of-the-art LED lights
Noise Limit ApS
Rapid Prototyping – Quietly Does It
Nanoident Technologies AG
The future is nano
KTM Sportmotocycle AG
Ready to Test
Karbon Kinetics Ltd
Green Wheels with Karbon Kinetics Ltd
Hydro-Logic Ltd.
FROG: a new GPRS telemetry logger
Highland Biosciences
A shot in the arm for next generation diagnostics
GRATZER! Technologies
Artists add sparkle with Swarovski Crystal
DMG Dental
You know the drill...
Clement Clarke Communications
Technology does the Talking on Bluetooth Project
1st Call Lockouts Ltd
Key benefits from 'TouchClone'
FarmBot
Protolabs and its Cool Idea Award help FarmBot reduce manufacturing complexities to meet growing demand for micro-farming
Triax Technologies
Tech giant uses molding to trim development time from months to weeks for next-generation printers
Whoop Inc.
How Whoop Inc. used rapid manufacturing to accelerate its design cycles and get to market faster
Pontos
French company uses rapid manufacturing to launch a sea change for sailboat winches
DCO Systems
Start-up DCO systems at the forefront of innovation with their pioneering monitoring solutions for industrial stream users
Fleetwood Electronics
Social Distancing Badge Lights the Way for a Safe Return to Work
UVision360
Additive manufacturing—and an exclusive MicroFine™ resin—help UVision360 rapidly prototype ultrafine parts, reduce tooling costs, and speed diagnostic scope to market
OVR Technology
OVR Technology turns to Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing at Protolabs to evolve VR experiences
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty, Delivers Peace of Mind with Low-Power, Geolocation Technology
Strange Lenses
Strange Lenses Brings Together Community with Interactive Art Display
Sisyphus
Sisyphus uses service grant to meet rising demand
Sprowt Labs
Sprowt Labs Taps Cool Idea Award to Help Develop Malting Machine for Home Brewers
Sniffer Robotics
Sprowt Labs Taps Cool Idea Award to Help Develop Malting Machine for Home Brewers