Case Studies

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


Med device company uses on-demand production components to develop and launch wearable technology for the blind
Med device brings vision to blind with help from on-demand injection molding
University of Minnesota Rocketry Group
3D printing service boosts rocket project for engineering students
Smalley Steel Ring Company
DFM analysis, injection molding service help wave-spring manufacturer reduce costs
Activated Research Company
3D-printed reactor speeds chemical analysis
Low-volume injection molding moves kinetic energy charger into pilot testing
Industrial designers clash for robot supremacy on ABC with help from Proto Labs
Bounce Imaging
Durable plastic components key to development of Explorer tactical ball
Brunswick Boats
Boat manufacturer charts new course with 3D printing and injection molding
Innovative startup uses low-volume injection molding to reduce time to market
Huge Design
California design firm puts new spin on bicycle utility with complex DMLS lugs
Lockheed Martin
Indago drone takes flight with automated design analysis
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Exhibition builds ancient civilization with 3D-printed pyramids
Opus KSD
Handheld medical device uses 3D printing, machining and molding for iterative development
French company uses rapid manufacturing to launch a sea change for sailboat winches
Skyven Technologies
Solar panel system leverages both 3D printing and CNC machining during prototyping
Quick-turn machining helps validate design before large-scale manufacturing
Trinity University and NASA
Prototyping an asteroid retrieval device for space exploration
TRW Automotive
Rapid injection molding drives development of complex clock spring
University of Houston
Quick-turn machining helps University of Houston develop futuristic brain-‭machine ‭exoskeleton for paraplegics
VSP Optical
Eyewear maker uses rapid injection molding to accelerate design validation in fitness tracker
Helix Bikes
Bike maker uses machined titanium to create innovative new folding bike model