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The Cool Idea Award helps early-stage companies and entrepreneurs bring innovate products to market through service grants that support product development. Providing an aggregate of up to $250,000 in 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Sheet Metal Fabrication* and Injection Molding services each year! 


Read through the guidelines for additional requirements, and if you’re ready to take your product to the next level, we’d love to see what you’re working on. 

General guidelines for the submission process:

  • Products should have an established business plan
  • A 3D CAD model(s) must accompany Round 2 application form. CAD Files will not be requested in Round 1 submission.
  • If you are granted an award, Protolabs will actively promote your project in print, press releases, case studies, etc.
  • Cool Idea Award recipients have 90 days to exhaust their award.
  • If your project is related to a government contract or grant, it is ineligible for an award.
  • Protolabs employees and families are ineligible for an award.

Application Accepting Periods

Applicants will only be notified within the 'acceptance' period if they have advanced into as a Finialist.

  • January 1 - February 28 - CLOSED FOR REVIEW
  • April 1 - May 31 - OPENS - Monday, March 4th
  • July 1 - August 31
  • October 1 - November 30

*Sheet Metal Fabrication services are available only to those based in the US. 


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Applying for a Cool Idea Award is pretty painless. Just tell us a bit  about yourself and your innovative product idea. You can apply four  times throughout the year, and winners are chosen by a team of experts  across various industries. If selected for a Cool Idea Award, you must  use the manufacturing services within 90 days and should be at a stage  in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately. 

How to Apply

 The application process is easy: 

  • Fill out the initial application - it's only a few questions. 
  • Judges will select finalist based on the initial application to be advanced into Round 2.
  • Finalist will submit additional product details, including their Protolabs quotes* using their 3D CAD model of their part(s)
  • Judges will review the finalists and select a winner(s). 



Application Accepting Periods

Applicants will only be notified within the 'acceptance' period if they have advanced into as a Finalist.

  1. January 1 - February 28 - CLOSED
  2. April 1 - May 31 
  3. July 1 - August 31
  4. October 1 - November 30


Judging Application Periods

Finalist(s) chosen as a winner(s) will be notified at the end of the judging month.

  • March
  • June
  • September
  • December


*Protolabs' quotes are only necessary for those applications that have been advanced into Round 2. Finalist will be notified by Protolabs.


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Many times, new and innovative products from ground-breaking ideas are hatched inside university walls, and those products nearly always need manufacturing resources. The Cool Idea Award: University Grant is for students who have a cool new product and need help with prototyping or low-volume production.

We want to see ideas that make life better, easier, safer, healthier, less frustrating, and more fun! 

2019 Application Periods

  • April 1 – May 31 (Judging in June)
  • July 1 – November 30 (Judging in December)

 Applicants Must Be:

  • A permanent legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who have reached the age of majority in their state of residence and at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Enrolled in an accredited United States postsecondary education institution at the time of application.

For complete rules and regulations, visit protolabs.com.     

How to Apply:

The application process is easy: 

  • Fill out the initial application - it's only a few questions. 
  • Judges will select finalist based on the initial application
  • Finalist will submit product details, including their Protolabs quotes using their 3D CAD model of their part(s)
  • Judges will review the finalists and select a winner(s). 

 If selected for a Cool Idea Award, you must use the services within 90 days and should be at a stage in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately.


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The Protolabs European Cool Idea Award grants up to £50,000 (or €58,000) in Protolabs manufacturing services. As a quarterly programme, the grants can be used by innovative thinkers toward building prototypes and even an initial production run.

The entry process for the Cool Idea Award is your opportunity to shout to the industry about how great your design idea is; to take your product to market without incurring prototyping costs, then tell your story with free publicity for your company and new product! 

How to Apply:

The application process is easy: 

  • Fill out the initial application - it's only a few questions. 
  • Judges will select finalists based on the initial application
  • Finalists will submit product details, including their Protolabs quotes using their 3D CAD model of their part(s)
  • Judges will review the finalists and select a winner(s). 

If selected for a Cool Idea Award, you must use the services within 90 days and should be at a stage in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately. 

Application Accepting Periods

Applicants will only be notified within the 'acceptance' period if they have advanced as a finalist.

  • April 1 - May 31
  • July 1 - August 31
  • October 1 - November 30

Judging Application Periods

Finalist(s) chosen as a winner(s) will be notified at the end of the judging month.

  • June
  • September
  • December
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