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

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

Today, Proto Labs is the world’s fastest on-demand manufacturer of custom prototypes and low-volume production parts with manufacturing facilities in seven countries.


Research and Development

Like our customers, we know the importance of persistent product development and continued innovation, which is why we created Protoworks — an R&D initiative established to advance, expand and further accelerate manufacturing processes at Proto Labs. Learn more about our current projects.

Community Involvement

We remain active in different manufacturing, design and engineering communities through initiatives like the Proto Labs Foundation and Cool Idea! Award program. Each year, we grant manufacturing services and financial assistance to inventors, entrepreneurs and organizations that support STEM-related educational programs. Apply today for the Cool Idea! Award.

Career Opportunities

We are a technology-driven manufacturing company with careers that range from software developers and design analysts to machine operators and build technicians. See our current openings.

Proto Labs Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.