Digital manufacturing leader Protolabs has launched its new digital quoting and design analysis platform to its U.S.-based customers, following a successful launch late last year to its European-based users.
“Protolabs was founded on a digital manufacturing model that would dramatically reduce the time it took to get parts—and it was a success. Twenty years later, we’re launching an all-new digital experience to our customers,” said Protolabs’ VP and GM of Americas, and incoming CEO, Rob Bodor.
The new platform has a modern, user-friendly interface that lets engineers better manage their project requirements, collaborate easier with colleagues, and see new levels of transparency into their orders. Like the previous platform, its flagship feature—interactive design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis—remains, but is more intuitive.
With the launch, three of Protolabs’ services—molding, machining, and 3D printing—are united in a single platform for an easier quoting and ordering experience. Injection molding users can now view and discuss gate and ejector pin layout before ordering tooling and parts. With CNC machining, threading assignments have been simplified to let users quickly assign required threads. And 3D printing customers can now see per-part pricing with itemized costs as well as self-select their desired delivery date for each part within an order at checkout.
“Unprecedented changes in many of our markets are underway due to customer demand and the ongoing pandemic, but technological advancement in manufacturing is throwing the doors of innovation wide open to allow suppliers and their customers to pivot quickly,” added Rich Baker, Protolabs’ CTO who led the launch of the platform. “And that agility is often the difference between success and failure.”
The digital quoting platform is now live for all of Protolabs’ U.S. customers