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At Mach 2014, Proto Labs will demonstrate its Protoquote and Firstquote online quoting systems. Protoquote and Firstquote are cost and manufacturability analysis quotation systems accessed via Proto Labs websites.

Protoquote is for injection-moulded parts while Firstquote is for CNC-machined parts. After loading a 3D CAD part, customers receive a clear, simple and non-technical quote, incorporating costs, material choices and, where appropriate, suggestions for changes to parts in order to improve manufacturability and/or tooling and part cost.

Proto Labs managing director John Tumelty said that visitors to the company’s booth at Mach 2014 will be able to experience the speed and simplicity of Protoquote and Firstquote — even those who have no prior experience of ordering injection-moulded parts or custom CNC machined parts.

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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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