Protolabs is a company that provides rapid manufacturing of low-volume 3D printed, CNC-machined, sheet metal, and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Markets like medical devices, electronics, appliances, automotive and consumer products use these parts. Protolabs' headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Maple Plain, Minnesota. The company also has manufacturing facilities in England, Germany, and Japan.

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  • In order to optimize cycle time, we cut ID threads with end mills and OD threads with a single point thread cutter. This video also explains how to prepare your CAD file, so that our quoting software can identify where you wish to place threads. For more details visit our threading page: https://www.protolabs.com/services/cnc-machining/threaded-holes-guidelines/?utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=...

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  • Take advantage of the strength and durability of metal on molded plastic parts with insert molding. ---------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=description Twitter: https://twitter.com/Protolabs Linkedin: https://www.li...

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  • CNC lathes equipped with live tooling can not only turn cylindrical parts, but also mill features like flats, holes, slots, and hex features. -------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=description Twitter: https://twitte...

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  • Learn what factors affect the cost of CNC machining and how to modify your design to reduce your manufacturing costs. -------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=description Twitter: https://twitter.com/Protolabs Linkedin...

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  • Elastomers are a family of materials used for flexible parts such as gaskets, seals, buttons, and hoses. Elastomeric materials also play a critical role in overmolding designs, but material compatibility must be considered to ensure a strong bond between the two materials. ------- Let's Connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518...

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  • Key and coil inserts can extend the service life of threads on parts machined from softer materials like plastic and aluminum. -------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=description Twitter: https://twitter.com/Protolab...

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  • Overmolding is an injection molding process used to manufacture parts with multiple materials. Often, the process is used to add grip, reduce vibration, or provide two-color aesthetics to thermoplastic parts. -------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=yo...

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  • Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=description Twitter: https://twitter.com/Protolabs Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/proto-labs/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Protolabs/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/protolabs

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  • We have a robust internal audit program in place to drive continuous and sustained improvements to things like on-time delivery and part quality. Process monitoring, lean manufacturing practices, and active problem solving have been integrated into the manufacturing process in order to continually deliver greater value to our customers. Our commitment to continuous improvement is reflected in ever...

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  • PolyJet is a 3D printing technology that is capable of building parts with multiple colors and variable hardnesses. It's most often used to prototype overmolded and elastomeric part designs. ------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl...

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  • Need functional prototypes and low-volume production parts within days? Upload a part today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=quality-series We house more than 450 HAAS CNC machines, 200 Toshiba presses, and a handful of Arburg silicone rubber pre...

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  • Undercuts can add complexity to an injection molding design, but are often required for a part to function. Here are a few molding techniques to manufacture plastic parts with undercuts. -------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&ut...

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  • Get a quote today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.207832146.196729916.1522071833-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=multi-jet-fusion Multi Jet Fusion is an industrial 3D printing process that produces functional nylon prototypes and end-use production parts. Final parts exhibit quality surface finishes, fine fe...

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  • PolyJet is a 3D printing technology that is capable of building parts with multiple colors and variable hardnesses. It's most often used to prototype overmolded and elastomeric part designs. ------- Let's connect! Get a Quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl...

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  • We strongly encourage embedding Product Manufacturing Information, or PMI, inside CAD models if a digital inspection is needed. PMI is dimension and tolerance information that is built directly into CAD models while designing the model in the CAD program, and PMI can be embedded in all major CAD software packages. This data is used to automatically program our 3D scanner software and pricing disco...

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  • As you ramp up production lowering piece-part price becomes a top priority. Multi-cavity or family tooling is an effective way to lower reduce injection molding costs when production volumes are needed. -------- Let's connect! Get a quote: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtub...

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  • Need functional prototypes and low-volume production parts within days? Upload a part today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=quality-videos Digital inspections, which are available on molded and machined parts, fulfill FAI needs for critical dime...

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  • Need functional prototypes and low-volume production parts within days? Upload a part today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=Whiteboard-sessions Explore surface finish options for injection-molded parts. Depending on the part's application, selec...

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  • Need functional prototypes and low-volume production parts within days? Upload a part today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=VR-Tour Take a walk through a Protolabs manufacturing facility to see how parts move through our factory floor. At this 1...

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  • Although our quality systems for molding, machining, and 3D printing share many similarities, each service has a set quality measures unique to itself. Our industrial 3D printing capabilities are controlled by a robust quality system that drives part consistency and repeatability, unlike desktop 3D printing and small 3D printing bureaus. Consistent with our molding and machining processes, additi...

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  • Get a quote today: https://uploads.protolabs.com/PartUpload.aspx?LinkFrom=PL&_ga=2.103881472.1477813463.1518442994-174225069.1516029498&utm_campaign=us-social&utm_medium=youtube&utm_source=pl&utm_content=wb-knit-lines Knit lines form during the injection molding process when two resin flows meet. This can result in cosmetic defect or a weak point in the part. In this video, Chris Burda, applicati...

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  • Although our quality systems for molding, machining, and 3D printing share many similarities, each service has a set quality measures unique to itself. In CNC machining, each block that is needed for milling, and every rod stock that is used for turning, contains a material bar code, that is attached to the order. This eliminates material confusion and improves traceability during production. Each...

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  • Although our quality systems for molding, machining, and 3D printing share many similarities, each service has a set quality measures unique to itself. In injection molding, tight part number and material controls are kept so materials of construction requirements are met. Thermoplastic molding resins are dried to manufacturer’s specifications in calibrated drying equipment. Once molding begins, ...

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  • We house more than 450 HAAS CNC machines, 200 Toshiba presses, and a handful of Arburg silicone rubber presses, which are all engineered specifically for Proto Labs. We also house more than 100 industrial 3D printers whose maker varies by process from 3D Systems to Concept Laser to HP—technology agnostic by manufacturing service (like 3D printing); technology redundant by process (like stereolitho...

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  • Quality control begins with interactive design analysis. In your automated quote, you’ll see required and suggested changes, like adding draft or reducing wall thickness, that help improve manufacturability and avoid costly reworks of molds, for example. Another benefit a digitalized quality system? Traceability. Rigid document, record, and revision control is crucial as a design moves towards th...

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  • Proto Labs' 3D printing service gives customers the flexibility to choose the additive manufacturing technology best-suited for their needs. In addition to a wide array of capabilities, Proto Labs has process controls in place to ensure precise parts every time. To learn more, visit: https://www.protolabs.com/

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  • This video breaks down the various industrial 3D printing processes available to product designers and engineers. Learn which applications are best-suited for stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and direct metal laser sintering and how each can improve and accelerate product development. To learn more, visit: https://www.protolabs.com/

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