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Since the Grand Opening of June 2017

167+ Clients

276+ Projects

19000+ 3D Prints

From Napkin Sketch to Functional Prototype

Protostudios is a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping facility with the main office and 3d printing hub located at MERGE, Pedestrian Mall Iowa City, the Anatomical and Medical Device Printing Bureau at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the Machining Operations at Van Allen Hall. We are your One-Stop Shop that assists Iowa's entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, educational and medical faculty, staff, and students by converting napkin sketches to functional prototypes in using the latest technologies in CAD design, and additive and subtractive processes in creating your research and product idea.

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"Protostudios’ fast, affordable prototyping service is a capability that local economic development officials saw was previously missing from the area. ... As a not for-profit, Protostudios offers its services at a rate that is generally several times less expensive than private companies."

Debi Durham

Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), Industry Today

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USDA Soil Weather Sensors

Improvements in farming technology

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Ready to collaborate on the next great idea!