Proto Labs manufactures custom parts for a global-base of designers and engineers through three distinct services: Fineline Additive Manufacturing, Firstcut CNC Machining and Protomold Injection Molding. Our proprietary software and automated manufacturing processes allow for quick-turn prototyping and low- to mid-volume production of real plastic, metal and liquid silicone rubber parts in 1 to 15 days.
Product developers can upload a 3D CAD model online and receive an interactive quote with design feedback and pricing information within hours. The manufacturability analysis helps customers eliminate potential problems like sink or walls that are too thin or thick. Once a part design is ready and a quote approved, production begins.
Firstcut uses three-axis milling from up to six sides to machine up to 100 parts from more than 30 stocked plastic and metal materials. The result is functional parts made from real metal and plastic materials for prototype testing, jigs, fixtures or one-off projects.
Our additive processes employ the latest 3D printing technologies to provide precision accuracy to prototypes, from small parts with complex geometries to large, highly detailed patterns. We have a range of high-performance materials that are ideal for concept models and form and fit testing.
For customers who need low-volume production or bridge tooling, Protomold can injection mold up to 10,000+ parts from hundreds of different engineering-grade thermoplastic resins.