Proto Labs is awarding $100,000 in services per quarter to design engineers with a cool idea for a product and a 3-D CAD design. Winners can use their functional machined or molded parts for prototyping, design iterations, testing, or even an initial production run, says Brad Cleveland, CEO of Proto Labs, which is based in Maple Plain, MN. The goal of the project, which is being judged by company founder Larry Lukis is to encourage innovation.
You can enter at this Web site multiple times with different ideas.
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
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