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GoProto survey forecasts 2017 increases in prototyping, additive manufacturing, and cast urethane

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GoProto, a Portland-based quick-turn manufacturing services provider that does prototyping and short run production for a spectrum of start-ups to large global technology companies, surveyed attendees at the Inside 3D Printing group of the Frontier Tech Forum 2016 in San Diego, California December 14 - 15, and found the following:

Jesse Lea, president of GoProto, a Portland-based quick-turn manufacturing services provider
GoProto's survey of Frontier Tech Forum 2016 attendees forecasts 2017 increases in prototyping, additive manufacturing, and cast urethane

  • 82% of attendees expect to increase all types of rapid prototyping in the year ahead
  • 64% expect 3D printing to be their most commonly-used type of rapid prototyping method
  • 85% expect to utilize conventional methods including cast urethane, machining, sheet metal or injection molding for prototyping some parts.

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The San Diego event attracted more than 5,000 attendees who share how 3D technology will forever change industries including manufacturing, medicine, automotive, aerospace, and more. More than 40,000 professionals from over 75 countries have attended Inside 3D Printing across events in 12 countries.

“Advances in technology over the past decade have dramatically increased our ability to quickly build anything from prototypes to show venture capitalists, to replacement parts that keep manufacturing humming,” said Jesse Lea, president of GoProto, an industry veteran of more than 22 years.

Lea and Tony Moran, CEO of GoProto, launched the company in October 2016 to deliver turnkey plastic and metal parts manufacturing solutions throughout all stages of the design cycle. They sold their previous company, Rapid Product Development Group, to 3D Systems in 2013.

GoProto is a one-stop shop for concept modeling and rapid prototyping, cast urethane, injection tooling and molding, short-run production and professional product finishing. It employs the latest process technologies, and aims to outperform the industry’s devolving standard for customer service by dedicating permanent account managers to each client who are available 24-7. GoProto is located in Portland, Oregon and counts more than 100 clients on its roster in the consumer electronics, medical, automotive, transportation & trucking, and athletic and outdoor apparel and goods industries. It can be found online at

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