Protolabs is the world’s fastest manufacturer of custom prototype and on-demand production parts. We offer product designers and engineers multiple manufacturing technologies—3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding—to address their needs at each stage of product development and into production. We achieve our unprecedented speed with online quoting, proprietary software, and automated manufacturing processes that transform a CAD model into a final part within days, sometimes hours.
Our digitalized process starts with a customer uploading their 3D CAD model to receive an interactive quote with free design analysis and pricing information within hours. The manufacturability analysis helps customers eliminate problems, like sink or internal undercuts, before their design reaches the manufacturing floor, so modifications can be made early and often—without penalty. It’s an iterative process that lets designers and engineers avoid development speed bumps and reduce design risk, so they can get their products to market as fast as possible.
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Protolabs in the News
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The business model and the platforms that serve manufacturing-as-a-service are relatively new to the digital landscape, so it’s critical to adapt technologies to meet market demands.
One of the picks will be chosen as DE’s Editor’s Pick of the Week.
The digital manufacturing company unveiled its advanced e-commerce system built to accelerate online quoting, design analysis and ordering.
Once integrated, 3D Hubs' customers will have access to a broad set of manufacturing capabilities, pricing and lead-time options, delivered through digitally enabled e-commerce model.
The pandemic has prompted the increased use of design and simulation technologies to prepare for an uncertain future.
Vicki Holt is retiring after leading the company for the past seven years.
Protolabs has published a white paper, "Design Essentials for CNC Machining," that provides tips for designers to help reduce machining costs and more.