10 Fun Facts About Proto Labs

From manufacturing space to annual part production to computing power, learn a few interesting facts you may not know about Proto Labs.

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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 800 machines: roughly 450+ CNC mills/lathes, 200+ presses and 150+ 3D printers.

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

3

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’.

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SUITE OF SERVICES
Up until 2014, we had two manufacturing processes: plastic injection molding and CNC milling. Since then, we have added another EIGHT: four 3D printing processes (stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, PolyJet), CNC turning, liquid silicone rubber injection molding, overmolding, and insert molding. It has been a busy three years.

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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.

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

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

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31,000
The number of product developers and engineers served in 2016.

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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 for manufacturability analysis.

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600,000 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.


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