Rapid Prototyping

Reduce product development risks and accelerate speed to market with industrial 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding
Our automated design analysis on parts and quick-turn manufacturing processes streamline development by incorporating rapid prototyping throughout the product design, testing, and validation phases.


Leveraging Rapid Prototyping


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.


Risk Reduction

Speed to Market


Choosing a Prototyping Process

Each rapid manufacturing process comes with its own advantages and disadvantages during prototyping. From 3D printing to CNC machining to injection molding, our white paper offers a technical analysis of the various manufacturing processes. It lets you weigh the benefits of each, so you can focus on a process best suited for your project.

Prototyping an Exoskeleton

A University of Houston research lab is developing a powered exoskeleton—with help from Proto Labs, which is providing custom-machined aluminum joint housings—that will be part of a futuristic brain-machine robotics system.