Proto Labs is the worlds fastest manufacturer of custom prototype and low-volume parts. Our Firstcut and Protomold services utilize proprietary computing technology and automated manufacturing systems to provide CNC-machined and injection-molded parts made from real materi...
Proto Labs is the worlds fastest manufacturer of custom prototype and low-volume parts. Our Firstcut and Protomold services utilize proprietary computing technology and automated manufacturing systems to provide CNC-machined and injection-molded parts made from real materials in a fast as one day.
Proto Labs began in 1999 as The Protomold Company, Inc., specializing in the quick-turn manufacturing of custom plastic injection-molded parts. In 2007, we introduced our Firstcut CNC-machining service, and by 2009, both Firstcut and Protomold began operating under our corporate name, Proto Labs, Inc. We are now a global company with full-service manufacturing in the United States, England and Japan as well as sales offices in Germany and France.
What We Do
Proto Labs has radically changed the economics and lead time associated with obtaining CNC-machined and injection-molded parts. We provide product designers with the easiest, fastest and least-expensive way to obtain low volumes of parts based on their 3D CAD models.
We routinely ship parts to designers before they can even get quotes from conventional suppliers, sometimes as fast as the next business day. These quick delivery times are possible because we have automated the manual process normally associated with mold design and tool-path generation through the use of proprietary software.
Protomold Injection Molding manufactures parts from hundreds of resins, in a variety of finishes, for a fraction of traditional injection-molding costs. Its ideal for low- to mid-volume production parts, bridge tooling and functional testing.
Firstcut CNC Machining mills functional metal and plastic parts from a number of engineering-grade materials. Its great for prototypes in small quantities and custom one-off projects, such as jigs or fixtures.
Free Design Analysis
Quality design feedback at no cost is almost unheard of. But thats exactly what you get from Proto Labs through our automated quoting system. Its like a lot like having your own consulting engineer on call. Simply upload your 3D CAD model, day or night, and our compute cluster will go to work analyzing your design. Youll receive an interactive quote with manufacturability feedback and pricing information within hours.
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Metal Injection Molding Turns the Volume Up, and Down
When increased quantities of metal parts are needed, metal injection molding (MIM) is often a logical next step. Our free MIM white paper covers the multi-step process involved in molding metal parts, detailed technical specs needed for design, commonly used materials and a comparison to other metal-forming technologies like direct metal laser sintering and die casting.
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.
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.
Designing for Moldability
Every process has its guidelines and limitations, injection molding is no exception. With this quick-reference user guide learn how to get real plastic molded parts made for your project faster. Get this free 16-page guide from Protomold and learn how to get the best possible results! Download now.
Fact is, materials selection gets complicated. The relationship between the internal structure of a material and its performance properties is not always clear. To shed light on the situation, this white paper helps guide you through the process of determining key performance parameters, from impact resistance and stress cracking to yield and tensile strength. Download today!
Whether you are new to the field or an expert, weve created a prototyping white paper you shouldnt miss, Prototyping Processes: Choosing the best process for your project. It's packed full of excellent info on strength, finish, material properties, and more. Download today!
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