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Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts. We use advanced injection moulding, CNC machining and 3D printing technologies to produce parts within days. The result is an unprecedented speed-to-market value for product designers and engineers worldwide.

Our end-to-end digital thread enables faster and more efficient product development in order to produce parts in as fast as 1 day as well as eliminating most of the time-consuming and expensive skilled labour that is conventionally required.

With manufacturing facilities operating across Europe, we can balance production across multiple sites and produce parts where they are needed.

CPD Courses and Workshops Available

  • 3DP White Paper

    Literature | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    This white paper addresses the selection of the right material for 3D printing. Materials must be suited to the application in order to have successful results. The properties of any material become increasingly important as a product progresses from concept and functional prototyping to production. This whitepaper explores how to make the right choices for your project.

  • Prototyping Processes

    Literature | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    This white paper will help readers choose the correct process for their project. Information about strength; finish and material properties are provided to further facilitate this choice.

  • Design for Mouldability Volume 1

    Literature | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    Whether you’re new to the injection-moulding process or a veteran of manufacturing; our comprehensive Designing for Mouldability white paper is a quick reference guide to wall thicknesses; surface finishes; tolerances; materials; and other thermoplastic moulding insights.

  • Design for Mouldability Volume 2

    Literature | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    In our second volume on designing parts for mouldability; we dig deeper into some of the more complicated design challenges that product designers and engineers face

  • Industry 4.0 Automated Connectivity

    Seminar | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    In this seminar we discuss how web-connected manufacturing processes based on advanced automation and robotics; are delivering unparalleled levels of productivity; quality; and efficiency; opening the door to wholly new business models; such as servitisation; and build-to-order. Industry 4.0 isn’t just a different approach to manufacturing; it’s also an entirely new take on supply chain management.

  • Designing for the DMLS process

    Webinar | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    This webinar provides technical insights about how to design parts effectively for manufacture with Direct Metal Laser Sintering – aka DMLS. The topics covered include: what DMLS is; how it works and when it should be used; as well as important process and design considerations for engineers to keep in mind. Attendees will also have the chance to see how a DMLS manufactured part has been used in the real world in a truly exceptional case study.

  • From Prototype to Production

    Webinar | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    In this webinar; Stephen Dyson; Product Marketing Manager at Proto Labs; shares his technical insights about how to manage the transition between prototyping and production using digital manufacturing methods. The topics covered include: Project scoping; concept to prototype; design feasibility; on-demand production; mould considerations and key project considerations.

  • 3DP Technologies White Paper

    Literature | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    How to leverage additive manufacturing to build better products. From prototyping to production this white paper offers technical guidance to getting the best out of 3D printing technologies when considering product development and design complexities.

  • Design Essentials – Design To Prototype

    Training Video | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    This audio piece encapsulates the full journey of design to prototype; examining the various design resources available and explains what potential pitfalls could impact the workflow of engineers and designers. Available in a format that can become a ‘go-to’ resource for the future.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Prototyping And Production

    Training Video | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    This Insight video that looks into tooling options and how this feeds into the product development cycle.

  • Choosing The Right Manufacturing Source

    Training Video | ProtoLabs

    ProtoLabs

    A unique presentation on the first stages of product development in a consultative and informative format to support getting your product to market. This video investigates manufacturing resources available and evaluates the pros and cons of each in a relatable format that can also become a ‘go-to’ resource for the future.

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