The center combines access to rapid prototyping with business resources to create an easier path to commercialization. Innovators can create products at a fraction of the cost of traditional prototyping, fostering growth in Louisiana.
To ensure productive use of the center and its resources, the process is divided into 3 main phases:
Feasibility – Before a company starts to work on the physical prototype, the company completes a feasibility study to ensure the project has merit.
Prototype Design – During this phase the innovator will work with engineering interns to create a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) model and create a prototype using 3D printers, laser cutter, 3D scanner and CNC mill.
Commercialization – The ProtoStripes Center explores the best options to get the product to market.