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Award winning, Shropshire-based Proto

Labs is demonstrating, for the first time

at MACH, the ProtoQuote® and

FirstQuote® online quoting system.

Visitors to the company's booth will be

able to view live, and try out, during

online demonstrations.

Proto Labs claims to be the world's fastest

source for custom CNC machined and

injection moulded parts delivered in as little

as one business day. Since inception the

company has invested unceasingly in both

technology and people, building a worldclass, innovative service for designers and

engineers across Europe.

The online quoting systems, ProtoQuote

(for injection moulded parts) and FirstQuote

(for CNC machined parts) are cost and

manufacturability analysis quotation systems, accessed via the company's


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, part cost.

"ProtoQuote and FirstQuote are unique,

time- and cost-saving systems that benefit

Proto Labs customers," says Managing

Director, John Tumelty. "However, we wanted to allow everyone who comes to our

booth at MACH 2014 to experience the

speed and simplicity for themselves, even

those who have absolutely no prior experience of ordering

injection moulded parts or

custom CNC machined parts."

Among customers who have benefited from

the quotation systems is German-based

Robert Magin, a full-time, professional,

motor racing scrutineer. His responsibility is

primarily for the Porsche Cup races around

the world, ensuring fairness by making

sure all teams and their cars adhere to the

same technical specification and rules.

His company Romtec GmbH has developed a unique range of test equipment and

devices that fit into a travel case and can

be easily transported to races. All his test

products were produced using parts made

by the rapid CNC-machining service

Firstcut®, from Proto Labs.

Proto Labs became involved after the manager of the various Porsche Cups

approached Romtec asking for all testing

devices to be packed in a portable box, so

they could easily be transported safely to

the many international racing venues. "They

asked me to design the equipment and

specify a date when the box and its contents would be ready,"

said Mr Magin.

But CNC machine shops were quoting lead

times of four months or more to machine

his aluminium calipers and templates. Noone could make his parts in less than a few

weeks. Eventually he looked online where

he discovered the rapid CNC machining

service Firstcut, from Proto Labs.

"You cannot imagine how excited I was!" he

says now. "One Thursday, I uploaded the

3D model and the following Monday, my

finished parts, made using the productionintent material, arrived on the doorstep!"

"But, what I really think is sensational, is the

online quotation tool, FirstQuote®. It lets

me upload my 3D CAD model then, in just

a matter of hours, I receive the quote

including free design tips and suggestions

directly related to my parts. If I change the

quantity or the material of the parts, the

new price will be displayed immediately - a

truly unique service!"

Soon Mr Magin had his first, complete box

for presentation to Porsche. Called

Scrutinator, the box provides space for a

complete PC workstation and all calipers,

test equipment and tools required to allow a

scrutineer to carry out his work. Orders

from Porsche race representatives quickly


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Robert Magin, above, who used the Proto Labs

online quotation system to help deliver to the

Porsche racing circuit a unique test and measurement travel case.


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