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Proto Labs’ Firstcut service can provide product designers with rapid injection-moulded and CNC custom-machined prototype brass parts in 1–3 days.

Customers upload their CAD models to Proto Labs’ secure servers via the website to receive a Firstquote — a fully interactive and firm-cost analysis that also contains detailed information for optimising the part design for manufacturing.

As soon as a customer places an order, Firstcut’s software automatically produces the tool paths required to program the CNC machines.

The machining process can also be used on a range of other resins that can be injection moulded, making it suitable for the initial testing of parts that will later be produced in much higher volumes.

For more information on this service, please click the link above to download the PDF.

Key specifications

  • System eliminates non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs and delays, making it an affordable process for quantities of between 1 and 10 parts
  • As well as brass, Firstcut works with aluminium, plastics and resins

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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