Protolabs Exclusive Design Aids
Discover our range of exclusive design aids below to help you achieve design perfection sooner.
Our Design Cube demonstrates part features that are too thin or too thick, bad bosses, right and wrong ribs and other considerations to be mindful of while designing prototypes for injection moulding.
Read about the various techniques used to achieve well-designed injection-moulded parts accompanied by detailed illustrations that can bring clarity to a sometimes complicated process.
Protolabs Material Selectors
Our range of manufacturing material selectors will help you identify the most suitable material for your product based on it's required attributes. Find out more and request yours below.
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Our 3DP Material Selector lists specific measurements like resolution, tensile strength and hardness to ensure you have the most suitable material and additive manufacturing process for your part’s application.
Our pocket-sized Material Selector is a useful reference guide to help you choose the right material for your project. It details some of the key technical property variations so that you can quickly make an informed decision.
Our CNC Material Selector lists specific measurements like heat deflection, tensile strength and hardness to identify the most suitable material for your part’s application, along with its suitability for milling and turning.
Protolabs Guides for Product Design
Learn more about product design in our detailed guides
Learn about injection moulding materials, surface finish options, incorporating draft, avoiding sink and more. It's a valuable resource that can potentially save you development time and production cost.
Learn more about our Design for Manufacturability software, CAD files, application engineers, prototyping processes and selecting your material. It’s a valuable resource that can support you through the early design process.
Design for Speed
Following these design guidelines will result in an optimal and economical manufacturing time.
Design for Function
These features show off capabilities, but take longer to machine.Learn More