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Alottazs Labs, the creator of the Garageio device and mobile app, has been presented with a Cool Idea Award grant from Proto Labs. Alottazs Labs is benefiting from Proto Labs’ Firstcut CNC machining service and intends to use its remaining grant towards production parts through the Protomold injection-moulding service.

The Garageio system enables homeowners to remotely monitor and control the garage door through a simple, user-friendly smartphone app. The unit can be mounted directly to a garage-door opener or on the garage ceiling and, once installed, users can connect the unit to their home Wi-Fi network via Garageio’s smartphone app.

Homeowners then have the option to share access to their garage with choice individuals via the smartphone app, and even restrict the times in which they can use it.

Proto Labs’ Firstcut CNC machining service provided an initial order of top and bottom prototype casings, which are now being used by Alottazs Labs to product test the Garageio with a select group of customers. Soon after testing, the company plans to use its remaining Cool Idea Award grant towards production parts of the ABS casings through Proto Labs’ Protomold injection-moulding service.

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Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Protomold delivers injection-moulded parts from moulds manufactured utilising state-of-the-art high-speed CNC machining technologies. Parts can be moulded using almost any engineering-grade resin and are ideal for prototyping, bridge tooling and low-volume production.

First Cut satisfies the need for functional prototypes much earlier in the development cycle for quantities of 1–10+. Because First Cut delivers prototypes in engineering-grade resins and aluminium they will have real material properties and improved surface finishes. In other words, they will be functional.

When you submit your 3D CAD model, Proto Labs’ powerful super-compute cluster creates an interactive quote giving pricing options and where appropriate, suggesting changes to improve manufacturability. You simply interact with your quote online, tailor options such as material and delivery to your requirements and with every change, the pricing information automatically updates. This built-in ‘what-if’ analysis enables last-minute project refinements to be accommodated at the click of a button.

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