See how major industries use digital manufacturing to reduce development time, lower production costs, and get to market faster—and with better products—than ever before.


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From connected devices to mass personalization of healthcare products, digital manufacturing accelerates medical development through rapid prototyping, bridge tooling, and low-volume production.


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Our automated manufacturing services are regularly used for fully functional aerospace components, from early prototyping and design validation to hot-fire testing and launch.


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Support more SKUs and product customization that consumers now expect by manufacturing custom prototypes and end-use production parts on demand.


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As trends like autonomous driving, on-board connectivity, and electric vehicles drive innovation, automotive companies are using digital manufacturing to accelerate new product development.

Reducing Component Weight in Vehicles

This white paper looks at lightweight materials, like magnesium and aluminum, as well as plastic alternatives that can lessen the load. We also discuss different design considerations to help reduce part weight and the digital manufacturing processes to get there fast.

Which Manufacturing Service at Protolabs is Right for My Project?

3D Printing


Our 3D printing service uses additive manufacturing technologies to create parts ranging from complex prototypes to functional, end-use parts. LEARN MORE >

CNC Machining


We use CNC milling and turning processes, which can easily create cylindrical features, off-axis holes, flats, slots and grooves. LEARN MORE >

Injection Molding


Injection molding is used for prototyping and low-volume production of plastic parts as well as bridge tooling prior to large-scale manufacturing. LEARN MORE >

Sheet Metal Fabrication


Get functional prototypes and fully assembled sheet metal components fast. Unlike traditional sheet metal shops, we have infinite capacity and easy-to-use online quoting system ensuring on-time shipment every time. LEARN MORE >

Accelerating Speed to Market for Medical Products

This white paper examines various digital manufacturing options available to today’s medical design engineers and product developers. From 3D printing to injection molding, explore the strengths and weaknesses of each process as well as material options best suited for your particular medical application.