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Flipout Screwdrivers, the designer of an electric screwdriver designed for tight spaces that recently won Proto Labs’ Cool Idea award, is receiving tooling and a subsequent first production run of injection-moulded parts in preparation for the product’s Kickstarter campaign.

The Cool Idea award was launched by Proto Labs in 2011 to give product designers the ability to bring their innovations to life by presenting up to $250,000 worth (approximately £162,000 worth) of prototyping and short-run production services to award recipients.

The Tantrum electric screwdriver is designed for use by both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts and is said to fit any project, particularly those that require working in confined spaces.

Key benefits of product application

  • Proto Labs’ tooling and production services brought down Flipout’s production costs, ultimately meaning lower product costs for customers and a successful product launch.
  • The Tantrum electric screwdriver features a low-profile design and a patented gear system and can be configured into 168 positions.

Proto Labs

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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