5540 Pioneer Creek Dr.
Maple Plain, MN 55359
Protolabs began in 1999 specializing in the quick- turn manufacturing of custom plastic injection- molded parts. In 2007, the company introduced its CNC machining service and in 2014, began offering industrial 3D printing services. In 2017, the company acquired Rapid Manufacturing, expanding its service offering to include rapid sheet metal fabrication. Protolabs is a global company with full-service manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Why Proto Labs?
Protolabs has radically changed the economics and lead times traditionally associated with manufactured parts. The rapid manufacturer provides a fast, easy and cost-effective way to obtain 1 to 10,000 parts within days, routinely shipping parts before conventional suppliers can even quote them. These quick delivery times are possible because it has automated the manual process of mold design and toolpath generation through the use of proprietary software.
Product developers can upload a 3D CAD model online at any time and receive an interactive quote with real-time pricing information and free design analysis within hours. The manufacturability analysis helps eliminate problems, like sink or warp, so modifications can be made before any actual production begins.
Protolabs uses the latest additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) technologies to provide precision accuracy to plastic and metal part production — from small pieces with complex geometries to large, highly detailed patterns. 3D printing is ideal for form and fit testing, reducing multipart assemblies, and as fully functional components in many cases.
The company’s CNC machining service uses three and five-axis milling along with turning with live tooling to machine parts from more than 30 stocked plastic and metal materials. The result is functional parts made from engineering-grade materials for prototype testing, jigs and fixtures, and end-use applications.
For those who need low-volume production, bridge tooling or on-demand parts throughout a product’s life cycle, rapid injection molding can manufacture up to 10,000 parts from hundreds of different engineering-grade plastic and liquid silicone rubber materials.
Protolabs’ fabrication quick-turn sheet metal service is suitable for both prototyping and low-volume production parts. The company’s digitalized process enables customers to get a quote within hours and have sheet metal parts in hand within days. Protolabs also offers component assemblies, screen printing, and several other finishing options through its sheet metal service.
Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low- volume production parts. It’s a technology-enabled company that uses 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding to produce parts within days. The result is an unprecedented speed-to-market value for designers and engineers and an on-demand manufacturing resource throughout a product’s life cycle.