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A Company Bred for Speed

Proto Labs accelerates innovation with its quick-turn manufacturing services for prototypes.

Proto Labs

Proto Labs, through its Firstcut CNC Machining and Protomold Injection Molding services, manufactures custom parts for designers and engineers around the world. Its proprietary software and automated manufacturing processes allow for quick-turn prototyping and fast low- to mid-volume production of real plastic and metal parts in days.

Proto LabsProduct designers and engineers upload a 3D CAD model online and receive an interactive quote with free design analysis, full pricing information and quick-turn options, generally within hours. The manufacturability analysis and quote feedback helps customers potentially eliminate problems, like sink or internal undercuts. The free design analysis can aid designers early in the prototyping process and help them get real parts faster. Once a part design is ready and a quote approved, production begins and parts are shipped in one to 15 business days.

Through a subtractive manufacturing process, Firstcut uses three-axis milling from up to six sides to machine low volumes of parts from about 40 available plastic and metal materials including ABS, Nylon, PC, Delrin, PEEK, Ultem®, aluminum, magnesium, steel, stainless steel and more. The result is functional parts made from real materials for prototype testing, jigs, fixtures or one-off projects.

For customers that need low-volume production or bridge tooling, Protomold can injection mold up to 10,000+ parts from hundreds of different stocked resins in three weeks or less. The injection-molding service machines aluminum or steel molds, in a fraction of the time and cost in comparison to traditional mold manufacturers, to produce custom parts for all industries.

By providing timely design feedback on 3D CAD models followed by quick-turn production of prototypes, modifications can be made fast and often. It’s iterative product development that allows designers and engineers to optimize their own processes and ultimately get their product to market faster.

About Proto Labs

At Proto Labs, speed and innovation are the cornerstones of our success. We are committed to being a solution for getting things done quickly and a catalyst for great ideas for our shareholders, customers and each other. We are responsible for our performance, our results and our future.

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5540 Pioneer Creek Dr.
Maple Plain, MN 55359

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