10 Fun Facts About Protolabs

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

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A CAPACITY FOR GROWTH
Protolabs started in 1999 in a garage in Long Lake, Minnesota with a single injection molding press. At last count, we’re at more than 1,000 machines: roughly 600+ CNC mills/lathes, 225+ presses, 150+ 3D printers, and 45+ sheet metal fabrication machines.

2

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 Protolabs, but there’s a good chance we’ll be able to produce part runs well beyond that depending on material and geometry. Just sayin’.

4

SUITE OF SERVICES
Up until 2014, we had two manufacturing processes: plastic injection molding and CNC milling. Since then, we have added another 10: five 3D printing processes (stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, PolyJet, Multi Jet Fusion), CNC turning, liquid silicone rubber injection molding, overmolding, insert molding, and sheet metal fabrication. It has been a busy four years.

5

THE MORE YOU KNOW!
We lend manufacturing expertise at many industry events, including trade shows (around 20 each year). At last count, we’ve snagged 17 awards for excellence in manufacturing. 

6

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

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

8

37,000
The number of product developers and engineers served in 2017.

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DFM…ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
In the U.S. alone, we’ve now quoted nearly 2 million unique part numbers for machined parts and over 1 million unique part numbers for molded parts. That’s a whole lotta design for manufacturability analysis.

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750,000 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.