2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been presented with a 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. The award honors manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing

Proto Labs was recognized in the Innovation Process Leadership category for its Cool Idea! Award program, which provides gratis prototyping and short-run production services to entrepreneurs bringing inventive new product ideas to life.

Read more about our award here. Continue reading

Design Tip: How to Get Well-Rounded Parts with Lathe

Our new turning technology can help you create cylindrical features.

The launch of CNC turning brings product designers and engineers a new set of machining capabilities for part production at Proto Labs. By adding turning centers to our three-access milling services, we’re able to better machine parts with cylindrical features. Turned parts have excellent surface finish and are typically more cost effective for customers.

Whether you’re developing a new camera lens housing, drive shaft or anything else cylindrical in nature, we may be able to assist. We currently offer parts made from aluminum, steel and stainless steel materials, but are working to expand our options with the impending release of brass and copper and the introduction of plastic later in 2015.

Read our full design tip on CNC turning to see if it’s right for your next project.

The Speed of Light Has Met Its Match — at Strategies in Light 2015

The Proto Labs team is ready to meet and greet folks at the trade show.

Well, a contender anyway. We are exhibiting at the Strategies in Light conference in Las Vegas this week (Feb. 24-26), one of the key LED and lighting events in North America. We are excited to meet with all of the design engineers and developers of LEDs and other lighting components. Continue reading