May 22, 2023

MVP Challenge Champs Fueled by Digital Manufacturing

By Protolabs

The MVP Challenge culminates each year during Founders Day at the University of Minnesota when alumni return to campus to celebrate current and future entrepreneurs. Exemplifying the latter, all 25 MVP Challenge participants presented their projects to attendees, who in turn could vote on their favorite prototype.

At the end of the evening, two projects aided by Protolabs’ quick-turn capabilities rose to the top:

  • The Telo walking cane, which you can learn more about here, received the most attendee votes, crowning it the crowd favorite. The team utilized SLS 3D printing services to iterate the ergonomics of the walking cane.
  • The Aspiration Containment System was chosen by MVP Challenge judges as the best project led by undergraduate students. The team utilized quick-turn PolyJet and SLA 3D printing services to perfect the device’s application in ovarian cyst removal.

Hear from Steve Bleau (Telo Walking Cane), Kayla Whatley (Aspiration Containment System), and more in the below video recapping our exciting partnership with the University of Minnesota MVP Challenge.

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