Educators & Students
Whether you’re teaching a class of future engineers, prototyping in a university laboratory, or expanding your manufacturing knowledge with continued learning, you’ll find a mix of valuable design tools here.
Looking for resources to better design products for manufacturability or simply want to further your manufacturing knowledge in the workplace? We have free physical design aids, in-depth white papers, case studies from every industry, and live and on-demand webinars.
Our Design Cube, for example, is often used in college classrooms as a teaching aid for students learning the intricacies of molding design. Similarly, engineering managers can use white papers and webinars as on-going educational development for new engineers on their teams.
Our in-house engineering experience and ability to produce quick-turn parts are well-suited for universities’ iterative development cycles and short deadlines. Choose from industrial-grade 3D printing (additive manufacturing), CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding for prototypes and functional, end-use parts within days.
Want another great design resource? If you have a design ready, your 3D CAD model can be uploaded on our website for an interactive quote within minutes that contains free design for manufacturability analysis. It helps you make important design adjustments to part geometry before any actual manufacturing begins saving you precious development time and money, and ultimately accelerating your idea and product to market.
Get pricing discounts on quantities greater than 15 machined parts along additional options like quality reporting, finishing, and assembly capabilities.
With tight process controls, careful design reviews, and extensive quality monitoring, we ensure precise and repeatable 3D-printed parts, every time.
Our injection molding service offers two options—prototyping and on-demand manufacturing—which provide you with a tooling solution tailored to your project requirements.
Choose from multiple sheet metal materials and take advantage of finishing options like hardware insertion, component assembly, and plating.
Take a quick trip through our additive manufacturing facility in North Carolina, one of the largest 3D printing operations in the world, to see how we build high-quality prototypes and fully functional end-use components and assemblies
Driving Innovation at Universities
We worked with Fortune 500 technology company Parker Hannifin to develop a robotic exoskeleton that grew from research at Vanderbilt University.
We helped researchers at HuMoTech explore the next generation of prosthetic and assistive design, which emerged out of research at Carnegie Mellon.
We supplied parts to fitness tech startup Whoop, a company that was spawned from Harvard’s Innovation Lab.
“With a three-day turnaround with Protolabs, that gives us a whole extra two months to work with. That’s huge because we can’t test our controls unless we have the hardware in hand. Every day we have in hand is a better day to improve the system.”