We firmly believe that partnering with like-minded organizations will help increase awareness and adoption of manufacturing technologies across many different applications and industries. See how partnering with industry and university leaders is helping advance the future of digital manufacturing.

Met Gala Collaboration with GE Additive and Zac Posen

We teamed up with GE Additive and American fashion designer Zac Posen to create a set of organic 3D-printed pieces to outfit a number of celebrities for the annual Met Gala. The designs ranged from an intricate headpiece for actress Julia Garner to a lifelike shoulder palm leaf for actress Katie Holmes to a 21-petal dress for model Jourdan Dunn—all bringing the impossible to life with additive manufacturing.


PolyOne and 3M custom-color matching


PolyOne and 3M Technology

PolyOne and 3M joined forces to develop PINPOINT Express Color & Dosing System—an innovative system for creating and dispensing liquid polymer colorants. As a result, we partnered with PolyOne to launch the technology at Protolabs, which allows us to develop custom colors on site, drastically reducing the time it takes to mold short-run plastic parts in precise colors. Learn about how we're using the color-matching technology for molded parts.

GE Additive Manufacturing Partner Network

We’re a member of GE Additive’s Manufacturing Partner Network (MPN)—a collection of organizations committed to investing in GE Additive equipment, materials, software, and technology as a development platform to help transition 3D printing from prototyping technology to a volume production process. The partnership with GE Additive builds on our strategy to continue developing and expanding our industrial-grade 3D printing technologies. Read more about our partnership with GE Additive.


MIT’s Additive Manufacturing Consortium

We’re a founding member of MIT’s Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT)—a consortium focused on scaling new manufacturing technology through research, education, actionable insights, and an MIT-based ecosystem that pairs industry and academia. Read more on our work with MIT.


Member of Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovations Alliance

As part of the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovations Alliance, we’re aligned with companies like Parker Hannifin, Medstar, and others to collaborate and share ideas that drive innovation in the healthcare sector through meaningful development projects and implementation of best practices.

cleveland clinic innovations protolabs partnership

protolabs is a proud partner of Wohlers Associates, Inc.


Design Course with Wohlers Associates

We partnered with Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc. to host a three-day day course in additive manufacturing near our 3D printing facility in North Carolina. The course offers designers, engineers, and managers an opportunity to develop methods and strategies that get the most from different additive manufacturing technologies.

Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant

Our Healthcare Grant—powered by Cleveland Clinic Innovations—is an extension of our flagship Cool Idea Award program to foster new life-improving medical devices. The grant provides manufacturing services for prototyping or low-volume production. Application periods are open twice a year and applicants must be a part of the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovations Alliance.