Protolabs Acquires Online Manufacturing Platform 3D Hubs
Hello and Happy New Year! Let’s start 2021 out right. We’re excited to announce that we will be able to serve even more of your manufacturing needs with the acquisition of 3D Hubs. That’s right, 3D Hubs is joining the Protolabs family to create the world’s largest digital manufacturing platform, offering the broadest set of manufacturing services with the help of a global network of premium manufacturing providers.
For now your current manufacturing service will remain the same, but over time you’ll start to see a broader offering that allows for more part complexities, tighter tolerances, additional finishing options, and enhanced material selection along with pricing and lead times to fit every stage of your project.
Founded in 2013 and based in Amsterdam, 3D Hubs has facilitated the production of more than 6 million custom parts through its online platform. Customers get instant pricing with design feedback, and orders are fulfilled through thoroughly vetted premium manufacturing partners in more than 20 countries worldwide. This network of suppliers complements Protolabs’ massive in-house capabilities, and provides customers with infinite manufacturing capacity, a broad range of manufacturing capabilities and secondary processes, and competitive pricing.
Our goal here is the same as it has always been: to accelerate your entire product development and manufacturing cycle through an end-to-end experience. “By joining forces with 3D Hubs, we are evolving our service model to provide our customers with unprecedented manufacturing flexibility,” said Vicki Holt, Protolabs’ President and CEO.
“The entire 3D Hubs team is thrilled to join Protolabs and continue to revolutionize the manufacturing industry through innovation. At 3D Hubs, our goal is to empower engineers to create revolutionary products through supply chain efficiency and reliability. We are confident that partnering with Protolabs will help us advance that mission and together we can fulfill nearly every custom manufacturing need across the product life cycle,” said Bram de Zwart, Co-Founder and CEO at 3D Hubs, who will be joining Protolabs’ executive leadership team once the transaction closes.
“Our company culture lives and breathes engineering and fast-paced innovation; the team is very excited to partner with Protolabs to build the best on-demand manufacturing solution imaginable,” added Brian Garret, 3D Hubs’ Co-founder and Chief Product Officer.
With the launch of our all new digital manufacturing platform to accelerate and enhance our quoting, design analysis, and ordering system, the addition of the 3D Hubs and its manufacturing network will provide customers with access to the most robust digital manufacturing ecosystems in the industry. The future of manufacturing is indeed bright, and we’re glad you’re along for the ride.
Check out our podcast talk with Protolabs' President and CEO, Rob Bodor, and 3D Hubs CEO and co-founder, Bram de Zwart.
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