The ReMotion Knee, a low cost prosthetic knee joint, is the latest winner of the Cool Idea! Award from Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB), the world’s fastest manufacturer of CNC machined and injection molded parts.
“We were attracted to the ReMotion Knee largely because of its mission and potential to improve the lives of thousands of people,” says Larry Lukis, founder and chief technology officer of Proto Labs. “The entire design is extremely well done, both aesthetically and functionally. Every aspect of the device has been well thought through, from the use of high quality plastics, instead of metals, to save on cost and maintenance without sacrificing performance; to the rounded edges and spring that create a more natural appearance and gait.”“With the Cool Idea! Award we are able to test the new knee design with much less risk, by only producing 100 injection molded knee joints. This is not typical for most injection molders who require large production runs. Working with Proto Labs has significantly accelerated the project without adding risk,” says Narayan. Unlike other product awards that recognize products after they’re in mass production and on store shelves, Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award is meant to help cool ideas come to life. Eligibility for the award is during the design and development stage, when innovators are too often stymied by lack of resources or funds to turn their ideas into real products. For more information about the Cool Idea! Award and how to apply visit www.protolabs.com/CoolIdea. About Proto LabsProto Labs (PRLB) is a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of low-volume CNC-machined and injection molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The company provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” to product developers worldwide and has two quick-turn services in North America, Europe and Japan: Firstcut ( www.firstcut.com) CNC machining and Protomold ( www.protomold.com) injection molding. Both are capable of providing parts in as fast as one business day. Product developers who use Proto Labs for prototypes and short-run production can upload a 3D CAD file at any one of Proto Labs online sites, get an interactive quotation and place an order for Proto Labs services directly online. For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com. About D-RevD-Rev is a non-profit product development company whose mission is to improve the health and incomes of people living on less than $4 per day. For more information, visit: www.d-rev.org