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SPECIAL SECTION Additive Manufacturing
Proto Labs Inc. / www.protolabs.com / HQ: Maple Plain, Minn. / Employees: 1,500+ globally / Specialty: Custom prototypes and low-volume
production part manufacturing

Aiming to Please

proto labs delights its customers as it meets
their manufacturing needs. by alan dorich

based in minnesota, proto
labs has nine manufacturing
facilities in six countries.

Proto Labs is in the business of
enhancing its customers' products,
Global Product Manager of 3-D Printing Greg Thompson says. "We've got
all sorts of capabilities that we can
offer to accelerate our customers'
development cycles and launch new
products to market sooner, using a
variety of manufacturing processes,
including molding, CNC machining
and a 3-D printing," he says.
Based in Maple Plain, Minn., Proto Labs manufactures custom prototypes and low-volume production
parts on demand. Founder Larry Lu34

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kis started the company in 1999 with
the goal of reducing the manufacture
time for injection-molded, plastic
prototype parts.
Lukis chose to automate the manufacturing process with software
that communicated with a network
of mills and presses. This allowed
plastic and metal parts to be produced more efficiently.
Since then, Proto Labs has grown
to have nine manufacturing facilities
in six countries. "We've got a really
broad suite of services, all using the
same digital manufacturing frame-

work," Thompson says, noting that
this includes the ability to turn around
injection-molded products in 15 days
or less. "That is a tremendous value to
our customers who are trying to get to
market faster. We also offer CNC machined and 3-D-printed parts in as fast
as one day. Engineers can't believe
that we're able to ship parts this fast."

Critical Parts
Proto Labs serves an array of clients.
Thompson says the company recently helped Lockheed Martin in the development of its Indago Quadcopter


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