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 and University of Iowa faculty, staff and students.

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

Medical

Consumer

Industry

Research

Prototyping

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
prototyping equipment

3D Printing & Machining

  • Full color, multimaterial
  • High strength end use
  • Injection molding
  • Waterjet and laser cutting
Medical tool

Biomedical Devices

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

Project Stories

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Weather Sensors

CAD rendering of a heart section

Pre-Surgical Models

Caroline Guide medical prototype

Medical Device Prototyping

Product Development Process

Investigate

magnifying glass

Design

Pencil and ruler

CAD

3 dimensional graph

Engineer

Two gears

Validate

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An Extension of Your Business

Protostudios can provide technical expertise to your already existing team. 

We provide memberships to Iowa businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors, faculty and staff to gain access to most of our prototyping machinery. A membership includes safety and equipment use training, personal protective equipment, a personal effects locker, and access to some of the most state-of-the art prototyping equipment available.

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