Proto Labs


ProtoProto Labs delights its customers as it meets their manufacturing needs. By Alan Dorich

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 Lukis 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.


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