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SPECIAL SECTION Additive Manufacturing

proto labs sees a lot of
opportunity with all of the
value 3-d printing brings to
the market.

	 The	 company	 utilizes	 lean	 manufacturing	 practices	 and	 has	 earned	
ISO	 9001	 certification	 for	 all	 of	 its	
services.	"We	really	focus	our	manufacturing	 around	 process	 optimization	and	continuous	improvement,"	
he	says.

Increasing Value
Thompson,	 who	 joined	 Proto	 Labs	
last	year,	is	proud	of	how	the	company	
provides	 meets	 the	 needs	 of	 its	 customers	with	quality	service.	
	 "They	 will	 come	 to	 us	 with	 their	
needs	 on	 a	 project,	 and	 we're	 able	 to	
meet	those	needs	and	delight	them	in	
doing	it,"	he	says.
	 "I	 also	 like	 that	 we're	 constantly	
looking	to	expand	our	capabilities,"	he	
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"we pride ourselves
on reliability and
repeatability. we've
got a very consistent
workflow and work
procedures that we
follow. we're constantly checking our
process for control."
says,	noting	that	the	company	recently	 added	 overmolding	 to	 its	 specialties.	Engineers	are	now	able	to	receive	
overmolded	parts	in	15	business	days	
which	was	never	an	option	in	the	past.
	 "There's	 lots	 of	 value	 that	 we	 continue	 to	 bring	 as	 we	 expand	 our	 ca-

pabilities,"	 Thompson	 says.	 "I	 am	
very	 proud	 to	 be	 part	 of	 such	 a	 solutions-oriented	company."	
	 He	 adds	 that	 the	 future	 of	 3-D	
printing	looks	strong	for	the	company,	as	its	adoption	and	use	expands.	
"Customers	 are	 really	 seeing	 the	
value	 of	 3-D	 printing,"	 Thompson	
says.	 "Customers	 are	 getting	 more	
comfortable	 with	 it	 and	 using	 it	
throughout	their	organizations."
	 Not	 only	 will	 3-D	 printing	 help	
these	companies	get	products	to	market	 faster,	 "It	 unlocks	 new	 designs	
and	geometries,"	he	says.	"There's	so	
much	 value	 that	 3-D	 printing	 brings.	
I	 think	 customers	 are	 starting	 to	 see	
that	 value,	 not	 only	 for	 prototyping	
but	also	end-use	production."	mt


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