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 qu...
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.
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Rapid Manufacturing for Metals
Take a walk to the nearest park or ball field and look down; thats not just a bunch of rocks and dirt down there. Every metal known to humankind comes from the ores and minerals found underground. To a manufacturing person, all that stuff under our feet is what rocks our world. Pardon the pun.
3D Printing Technologies for Prototyping and Production
Architects dont build without modeling. They create blueprints, produce renderings, and build 3D models. But while these planning tools may resemble the actual building in shape, there is no resemblance in size or materials. As a result, except in the case of manufactured or modular buildings, the finished product will be the first time that real building materials have come together in exactly that configuration. That is one of the reason that architecture tends to be conservative in its rate of change. Without real-world testing, big change is risky.
Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes the Heat
Our comprehensive white paper on liquid silicone rubber provides a detailed look at the injection-molding process and offers guidelines to achieve better molded LSR parts. While there are some shared similarities to thermoplastic injection molding, LSR is a thermoset material with a unique set of design characteristics.
Prototyping and Low-Volume Production for the Medical Industry
Developing parts and devices for the medical industry is a challenging, high-stakes process where speed (time to market) and accuracy are critical to success. Evaluating new product designs and materials; iterating those designs fast when needed; and selecting suppliers that can quickly, consistently and cost-effectively provide prototypes and low-volume production, are important factors in attaining this success.
Design Considerations for the Cosmetics of Injection-Molded Plastic Parts
Many factors affect the cosmetic appearance of injection-molded plastic parts. Some of these are within the control of the part designer, and some are not. In this white paper we describe several of the factors affecting cosmetic appearance, the interactions between those factors, and steps the designer can take to improve final appearance.
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