Case Studies

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

Parker Hannifin

Engineers at motion and control tech leader, Parker Hannifin, needed to accelerate development speed and reduce design risk of their robotic exoskeleton. A combination of digital manufacturing technologies and automated quoting enabled a highly iterative design process without sacrificing time to market.
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Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin Brings Exoskeleton to Life with Digital Manufacturing
Invoy Technologies
Invoy Technologies uses rapid injection molding for reusable and disposable parts in its next-gen medical device
PepsiCo
Global food and beverage brand creates replica Black Panther mask with Multi Jet Fusion
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
National research lab turns to Protolabs to cut production costs and development time
Stream Lion
Engineering consulting firm uses production 3D printing to bring new modal hammer design to market.
HP
Tech giant uses molding to trim development time from months to weeks for next-generation printers
Whoop Inc.
Fitness tech startup uses rapid manufacturing to accelerate its design cycles and get to market faster
Triax Technologies
Tech firm creates waterproof wearable device using Protolabs’ rapid overmolding process
Epson
Electronics giant leverages rapid prototyping to enhance comfort, design of Moverio augmented reality glasses
FarmBot
Protolabs and its Cool Idea! Award help FarmBot reduce manufacturing complexities to meet growing demand for micro-farming
Harris Corporation
Government contractor Harris Corporation lauds insert molding’s benefits
Tervis Tumbler
Tervis leverages rapid injection molding for both prototypes and end-use parts
Atom Power
Energy startup uses injection molding to revolutionize the circuit breaker industry
Smalley Steel Ring Company
DFM analysis, injection molding service help wave-spring manufacturer reduce costs
Brunswick Boats
Boat manufacturer charts new course with 3D printing and injection molding
Pontos
French company uses rapid manufacturing to launch a sea change for sailboat winches
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
Opus KSD
An innovative new surgical tool from Opus KSD closes incisions with subcutaneous, bio-absorbable fasteners.
DipJar
Innovative startup uses low-volume injection molding to reduce time to market
TRW Automotive
Rapid injection molding drives development of complex clock spring