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protostudios is a state-of-the-art, rapid-prototyping facility located at MERGE.  We work with you to develop fully functional prototypes of your product, allowing you to test, redesign, determine manufacturing paths and demonstrate usability to investors.

Focusing on biomedical and electronics prototyping, protostudios assists all Iowa entrepreneurs in making your ideas a reality.


  • 3D printers (plastics, metals, ceramics)
  • Milling
  • Workshop
  • Laser/waterjet cutter
  • Printed Circuit Board Fabrication
  • Industrial designer and engineer on staff
  • Meeting/classroom space


Inside MERGE in the heart of the Pedestrian Mall, 136 S Dubuque Street, Iowa City.

Available To

Our services are available to all Iowa entrepreneurs, inventors and business owners.  


Neil Quellhorst – Engineering Prototype Director neil-quellhorst@uiowa.edu

Chuck Romans – 3D Design Prototyping Director charles-romans@uiowa.edu 319-335-6067