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Protolabs, an award-winning on-demand manufacturing provider, is offering a £50,000 grant scheme in Europe for creators and early-stage companies to realize innovate products using 3D printing technologies.
Through its design competition, the Cool Idea Award, Protolabs is providing its range of services including additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and injection molding to help bring these new products to market. Ray Faulkner, a design expert at Protolabs, said:
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“Great product ideas emerge every day but far too many of these promising ideas end up being scrapped because product development resources are scarce.”
“THE GRANTS CAN BE USED TO BUILD PROTOTYPES OR EVEN AN INITIAL PRODUCTION RUN AND OFFER A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGINEERS AND INVENTORS TO SHOUT TO THE INDUSTRY ABOUT HOW GREAT THEIR IDEA IS.”
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Established in 2011, the Cool Idea Award operates independently in Europe and the U.S, so far awarding over $250,000 in Protolabs’ manufacturing services. Concepts submitted to the competition are judged on originality, feasibility, the potential benefit to end users, and innate coolness.
“The sort of thing we mean by a ‘cool idea’ is simply a product that would make life a little better, easier, safer, healthier, less frustrating or more fun – for individuals or communities,” added Faulkner.
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The Cool Idea Award is split over four quarterly programmes throughout the year. Earlier this year, Protolabs awarded its Cool Idea accolade to Tucson-based startup SafKan, for its 3D printed OtoSet headphones which relied on Polyjet 3D printing. These headphones...
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