Case Studies

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


Digital manufacturing is an integral part of iterative product and device development. From search-and-rescue drones to 3D-printed civilizations to brain-controlled robotic exoskeletons, we work with companies large and small on the forefront of innovation. Read our latest case study on Epson, which used machined prototypes to develop smart glasses.
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Electronics giant leverages rapid prototyping to enhance comfort, design of Moverio augmented reality glasses
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
Atom Power
Energy startup uses injection molding to revolutionize the circuit breaker industry
Helix Bikes
Bike maker uses machined titanium to create innovative new folding bike model
Rapid injection molding helps med device company bring vision to blind
University of Minnesota Rocketry Group
3D printing service boosts rocket project for engineering students
University of Houston
Quick-turn machining helps University of Houston develop futuristic brain-‭machine ‭exoskeleton for paraplegics
Brunswick Boats
Boat manufacturer charts new course with 3D printing and injection molding
French company uses rapid manufacturing to launch a sea change for sailboat winches
Industrial designers clash for robot supremacy on ABC with help from Protolabs
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
Quick-turn machining helps validate design before large-scale manufacturing
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
Low-volume injection molding moves kinetic energy charger into pilot testing
Huge Design
California design firm puts new spin on bicycle utility with complex DMLS lugs
Smalley Steel Ring Company
DFM analysis, injection molding service help wave-spring manufacturer reduce costs