Case Studies

See how innovative companies are using rapid manufacturing to solve complex development challenges and launch successful products to market fast.

Smalley Steel Ring Company

DFM analysis, injection molding service help wave-spring manufacturer reduce costs


‭Brunswick Boats-Sea Ray Yachts

Boat manufacturer charts new course with 3D printing and injection molding


University of Houston

Quick-turn machining helps University of Houston develop futuristic brain-‭machine ‭exoskeleton for paraplegics


Pontos

French company uses rapid manufacturing to launch a sea change for sailboat winches


BattleBots

Industrial designers clash for robot supremacy on ABC with help from Proto Labs


VSP Optical

Eyewear maker uses rapid injection molding to accelerate design validation in fitness tracker


Activated Research Company

3D-printed reactor speeds chemical analysis


Lockheed Martin

Indago drone takes flight with automated design analysis


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition builds ancient civilization with 3D-printed pyramids


Trinity University and NASA

Prototyping an asteroid retrieval device for space exploration


Sportech, Inc.

Quick-turn machining helps validate design before large-scale manufacturing


DipJar

Innovative startup uses low-volume injection molding to reduce time to market


Bounce Imaging

Durable plastic components key to development of Explorer tactical ball


TRW Automotive

Rapid injection molding drives development of complex clock spring


Skyven Technologies

Solar panel system leverages both 3D printing and CNC machining during prototyping


AMPY

Low-volume injection molding moves kinetic energy charger into pilot testing


Fighting Walrus

Developing a recreational drone with magnesium injection molding


Huge Design

Design firm puts new spin on bicycle utility with complex DMLS lugs


Opus KSD

Handheld medical device uses 3D printing, machining and molding for iterative development


inSleep Technologies

Rapid tooling for plastic prototypes allows medical startup company to ready its clinical device


Sproutel

Injection molding brings educational bear to life for kids with diabetes


Understory

Surface-level weather stations incorporate injection-molded internal components


BlueRobotics

Engineers create inventive, cost-effective underwater thruster with quick-turn machining and molding


Oblong Industries

Manufacturing speed, material flexibility acclerate development of motion-sensor system for high-tech meeting rooms


Boosted Boards

Rapid manufacturing equips lightweight electric vehicle with housing for critical componentry