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drone, which is used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, among
other search and rescue applications.
Lockheed was very pleased with
the high level of quality in Proto Labs'
parts. In fact, "They're even going to
use them in their production model,"
Thompson states. "Their time to market accelerated significantly."
Miguel Perez, an engineer for Lockheed
Martin's Procerus subsidiary, praised Proto Labs' work. "In four months, we went
from making the decision to switch to injection molding to having the final products in hand, and having them assembled,"
he recalled in a statement.

Room to Grow
Proto Labs has achieved a leadership position in its industry thanks to its recent

growth, Thompson says. Two years ago,
the company added 3-D printing to its
specialties with the acquisition of FineLine Prototyping.
The acquisition allowed Proto Labs
to combine its sales and marketing with
FineLine's capability, allowing for huge
growth, he says. "We've seen exponential growth in our 3-D printing service
and continue to invest in ensuring that
growth remains," he says.
The company also recently opened a
new, 77,000-square-foot facility in Cary,
N.C, believed to be one of the largest 3-D
printing facilities in the world. "It was
just a really good move for us to get into
that new space," Thompson says. "It
gives us room to expand."
As Proto Labs has grown, the company has continued to adopt best practices

to deliver high-quality parts. "We pride
ourselves on reliability and repeatability," Thompson says. "We've got a very
consistent workflow and work procedures that we follow.
"We're constantly checking our process for control," he says, noting that
Proto Labs takes quality very seriously.
"It is expected by our customers."
Productivity Inc. has been a partner with Proto Labs

since 1999. We have been providing a broad range of high
quality CNC machine tools, tooling and accessories, with
related equipment and services, as well as used machinery
for manufacturing in the Upper Midwest since 1968.
Productivity also specializes in the integration of automation for the general machining industry and precision
machining operations using FANUC robots. We examine
your entire manufacturing process, from receipt of raw
materials to shipping of the finished product, and design
a robotic solution that is customized to fit your specific
needs. For innovative automation solutions, contact our
Robotics & Automation department at automation@
productivity.com or 1.800.328.3272.

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