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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 - NOW accepting applications
  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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