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Proto Labs Ltd

Protolabs Ltd was first started in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful entrepreneur and computer geek who wanted to radically reduce the time it took to get injection-moulded plastic prototype parts. His solution was to automate the traditional manufacturing process by creating complex software that communicated with a network of mills and presses. As a result, plastic and metal parts could be manufactured in a fraction of the time it had ever taken before.

Over the next 10 years, we continued to expand our injection moulding envelope, introduce quick-turn CNC machining and open global facilities in Europe and Japan. In 2014, we launched industrial-grade 3D printing services to enable product developers, designers and engineers an easier path to move from early prototyping to low-volume production.


Products

CNC Turning For Custom Prototypes

CNC Turning For Custom Prototypes

Our CNC turning process produces custom prototypes and end-use production parts in as quick as 1 day. We use a CNC lathe with live tooling so features...

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Cost Effective Plastic Injection Moulding

Cost Effective Plastic Injection Moulding

Protolabs utilise a rapid injection moulding a technology-driven process that leverages manufacturing automation. CAD models are sent straight to the ...

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Custom Insert Moulding Prototypes

Custom Insert Moulding Prototypes

Insert moulding uses a preformed part—often metal—that is loaded into a mould where it is then overmoulded with plastic to make a final component. Whe...

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Custom Plastic Injection Moulding Services

Custom Plastic Injection Moulding Services

We use aluminium moulds that provide cost-efficient tooling and accelerated manufacturing cycles, and stock over 100 different thermoplastic resins.

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Custom Prototype CNC Milling Services

Custom Prototype CNC Milling Services

Our CNC milling process created custom prototypes and end-use production parts in as fast as 1 day. We use three-axis milling and five-axis indexed mi...

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an industrial 3D printing process that builds fully functional - rapid metal prototypes and production parts in...

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Flexible Component Liquid Silicon Rubber Moulding

Flexible Component Liquid Silicon Rubber Moulding

Due to the flexible nature of LSR, parts are removed manually from the mould, and thus, ejector pins are not built into the mould design. Like a stand...

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Liquid Silicone Rubber Moulding

Liquid Silicone Rubber Moulding

Liquid silicone rubber moulding is a thermoset process that mixes a 2-component compound together, which is then heat cured in the mould with a platin...

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Multi Jet Fusion Services

Multi Jet Fusion Services

Multi Jet Fusion is an industrial 3D printing process that creates functional nylon prototypes and end-use production parts in as fast as a day. Final...

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Overmoulding & Insert Moulding

Overmoulding & Insert Moulding

While overmoulding needs more complex design, processing, and materials choice than single-shot injection moulding.

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Plastic Injection Moulding

Plastic Injection Moulding

Our plastic injection moulding process creates custom - rapid prototypes and end-use production parts in 15 days or less. We use aluminium moulds that...

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PolyJet & 3D Printed Silicone

PolyJet & 3D Printed Silicone

PolyJet is an industrial 3D printing process that builds multi-material prototypes with flexible features and complex parts featuring intricate geomet...

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Rapid Injection Moulding

Rapid Injection Moulding

CAD models are sent straight to the production floor where mould milling begins, but in most cases, moulds are fabricated from aluminium, not steel. T...

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Rapid Overmoulding Processes

Rapid Overmoulding Processes

Our rapid overmoulding and insert moulding processes create custom prototypes and on-demand production parts in as quick as 15 days. We use aluminium ...

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Rapid Prototype Plastic Injection Mouldings

Rapid Prototype Plastic Injection Mouldings

Our plastic injection moulding process produces rapid prototypes and end-use production parts in fifteen days or less. We use aluminium moulds that pr...

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Selective Laser Sintering Services

Selective Laser Sintering Services

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an industrial 3D printing process that creates precise - rapid prototypes and functional production parts in as qui...

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Stereolithography Industrial 3D Printing Processes

Stereolithography Industrial 3D Printing Processes

Stereolithography (SL) is an industrial 3D printing process used to make concept models, cosmetic - rapid prototypes, and complex parts with intricate...

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News

PROTOLABS LAUNCHES HIGH PERFORMANCE 3D PRINTING ALLOY – INCONEL 718 – FOR APPLICATIONS IN THE AEROSPACE SECTOR

PROTOLABS LAUNCHES HIGH PERFORMANCE 3D PRINTING ALLOY – INCONEL 718 – FOR APPLICATIONS IN THE AEROSPACE SECTOR

Protolabs, the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, has announced the addition of Incon...

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JEREMY CORBYN DISCUSSES LABOUR'S "BUILD IT IN BRITAIN" CAMPAIGN WITH DIGITAL MANUFACTURER PROTOLABS

JEREMY CORBYN DISCUSSES LABOUR'S "BUILD IT IN BRITAIN" CAMPAIGN WITH DIGITAL MANUFACTURER PROTOLABS

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, visited digital manufacturer, Protolabs in Shropshire on Tuesday 24th July as part of Labour’s campaign foc...

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Proto Labs Ltd

  • Proto Labs Ltd
  • Halesfield 8
  • Telford
  • Shropshire
  • TF7 4QN

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