Rapid Prototyping Service

Get to market fast with unmatched manufacturing speed and capabilities

  • Four manufacturing services
  • Hundreds of material options
  • 1 day lead times available for all services
  • Manufacturing analysis with each quote

CERTIFICATIONS

ISO 9001:2015 | AS9100D | ITAR Registered

Manufacturing Capabilities for Rapid Prototyping

 

3D Printing

Our online 3D printing service consists of six 3D printing technologies to build plastic, metal, and elastomeric parts. In addition to a broad material selection, we offer several post-processing options like clear coat, painting, heat treatment, polishing, and more.

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CNC Machining

Our unmatched CNC machining capacity ensures your parts are shipped on-time, every single time. At Protolabs, our AS9100-certified CNC machining facilities are designed to get you parts fast. Finishing options like anodizing and chromate plating are available.

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Injection Molding

Ready for a more cost- and time-efficient way to manufacture parts? Our affordable aluminum molds (starting at $1,500) and quick turnaround times (in as fast as 1 day) help you reduce design risks and  get to market fast. Finishing options like pad printing, laser engraving, threaded inserts, and more are available.

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Sheet Metal Fabrication

Unlike traditional sheet metal shops, we have infinite capacity and an easy-to-use online quoting system ensuring on-time shipment every time—whether you need a single part or 500 parts. Get sheet metal prototypes in as fast as 1 day. Finishing options like plating and powder coating are available.

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Benefits of Rapid Prototyping and Use Cases

 

Design Feedback
  • Have physical prototypes in hand within days to quickly modify designs during early product development.
  • Produce multiple prototypes at the same time to compare and iterate designs simultaneously.
  • Reduce overall time to market with an iterative product development cycle.
Design Validation
  • Test the form and fit of components with small quantities of accurate 3D-printed and machined parts.
  • Perform functional tests with prototypes manufactured in production-grade materials.
Iterative Development
  • Receive interactive design for manufacturability feedback with every quote to make early adjustments before prototyping begins.
  • Talk with applications engineers to discuss any design challenges and manufacturing questions that arise.
Market Testing
  • Produce a pilot run of injection-molded parts to validate market interest before launch.
  • Reduce financial risk at market launch by implementing affordable aluminum tooling before full-scale production begins.

Material Options

Online Quoting and Manufacturing Analysis

Upload a 3D CAD file to get an online quote. Each quote includes real-time pricing and manufacturing analysis. To start, simply a select a manufacturing process and upload a 3D CAD file.

We can accept the following file types:

  • SolidWorks (.sldprt)
  • ProE (.prt)
  • IGES (.igs)
  • STEP (.stp)
  • ACIS (.sat)
  • Parasolid (.x_t or .x_b)
  • .stl files