Turning Today's Ideas into Tomorrow's Technology

3D prints by Protostudios

From Napkin Sketch to Functional Prototype

Available to all Iowa entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, business owners, physicians, and University of Iowa faculty, staff and students.

Protostudios is a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping facility with offices located in the MERGE office suite in downtown Iowa City and on the main floor of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  We work with you to develop fully functional prototypes of your idea, allowing you to test, redesign, determine manufacturing paths or demonstrate usability to investors.

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CAD rendering of a heart section

Industrial Design

  • 3D CAD
  • Product design
  • Ergonomics
Working on a circuit board

Electrical Engineering

  • Internet of things
  • PCB development
  • Rapid prototyping
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3D Printing & Machining

  • Full color, multimaterial
  • High strength end use
  • Injection molding
  • Waterjet and laser cutting
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Biomedical Devices

  • Anatomical analogs
  • Experimental apparatus
  • Surgical tools
  • Drug delivery

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Weather Sensors

CAD rendering of a heart section

Pre-Surgical Models

Caroline Guide medical prototype

Medical Device Prototyping

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