10 Random Things About Proto Labs

A CAPACITY FOR GROWTH
Proto Labs started in 1999 in a garage in Long Lake, Minnesota with a single injection molding press. At last count, we’re at more than 600 machines: roughly 400 CNC mills, 150 presses and 50 3D printers.

Injection molding presses line Proto Labs’ production floor.

SORRY ANTARCTICA!
We currently serve more than 160 countries (out of 195) on six continents.

PRO(TO) TIP
Psst. You can get up to 10,000 injection-molded parts with aluminum tooling at Proto Labs, but there’s a good chance we’ll be able to produce part runs well beyond that depending on material and geometry. Just sayin’.

A part built by stereolithography, a 3D printing process we added in 2014.

PERFECT 10
Up until 2014, we had two manufacturing processes: plastic injection molding and CNC milling. By the end of 2015, we’ll have added another EIGHT: three 3D printing processes (stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering), CNC turning and injection molding processes for steel, magnesium, liquid silicone rubber and one in the pipeline. It has been a busy two years.

20.5 TFLOPS
The total amount of computing muscle at Proto Labs. What’s a TFLOP? One TFLOP equals a trillion floating point operations per second.

IT’S ELECTRIC
We have two electric vehicle plug-in stations at Proto Labs HQ.

2.5 MILLION
The average number of parts we’re molding each month in the U.S.

BlueRobotics’ underwater thruster is previous Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award winner.

ACCELERATING INNOVATION
Larry Lukis launched Proto Labs with an idea to change the injection molding process. In 2011, he created the Cool Idea! Award program that has granted more than $1 million in manufacturing services to innovative startups. Now, Lukis has started his own innovation incubator called Protoco, and recent Cool Idea! Award winner Blue Robotics, is one of his first partners.

 

DFM … ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
We’ve now quoted 1 million unique part numbers for machined parts stateside and 1 million unique part numbers for molded parts globally. That’s a whole lotta design analysis.

500,000 SQ. FT.
The current amount of manufacturing space we occupy worldwide. We’re growing so fast that we are adding at least one 100,000+ sq. ft. manufacturing plant each year worldwide.

Proto Labs HQ in Maple Plain, Minn.

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