Welcome to the Cool Idea! website - Proto Labs' new program to award innovative thinking and help get great ideas off the ground. The Proto Labs Cool Idea award is all about nurturing promising products while they're still ideas.
Proto Labs is the world's fastest custom manufacturer of prototype and low-volume parts. Our Firstcut CNC machining service and Protomold injection molding services provide real parts from a 3D CAD model in as fast as one business day.
In 2011 we will award $100,000 in Firstcut CNC machined and/or Protomold injection molded parts to somebody—or more than one person—with a cool idea for a product. (One or more winners will be selected each quarter.)
Winners can use their fully functional Firstcut and Protomold parts for prototyping, design iterations, testing, or even an initial production run—in short, helping move a project from pie-in-the-sky to product on the shelf.
And that's our goal. What we want to do is recognize innovative thinking at a point where we can help convert those ideas into real-life coolness.