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.
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An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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