3D Printing Service

Additive manufacturing for precision prototypes and end-use production parts

Looking for more than a desktop 3D printer can provide? Need an alternative to your in-house capabilities? Our industrial 3D printing service ensures accuracy and repeatability so you get highly precise parts—every time. At Protolabs, additive manufacturing is designed for functional prototypes, complex designs, and production components in as fast as 1 day.


Which 3D Printing Process Should I Use?

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) uses a fiber laser system that draws onto a surface of atomized metal powder, welding the powder into fully dense metal parts.

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Multi Jet Fusion

Multi Jet Fusion selectively applies fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are fused in thousands of layers by heating elements into a solid functional component.

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Stereolithography

Stereolithography (SLA) uses an ultraviolet laser that draws on the surface of liquid thermoset resin to create thousands of thin layers until final parts are formed.

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Selective Laser Sintering

Selective laser sintering (SLS) uses a CO2 laser that lightly fuses nylon-based powder, layer by layer until final thermoplastic parts are created.

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Carbon DLS

Carbon DLS uses digital light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce plastic parts with excellent mechanical properties and surface finish.

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PolyJet

PolyJet uses a jetting process where small droplets of liquid photopolymer are sprayed from multiple jets onto a build platform and cured in layers that form elastomeric parts.

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Why 3D Printing at Protolabs?

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Precision and Repeatability

Get consistently accurate parts due to rigorous quality control measures and experienced process engineers.


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Material Selection

Choose from a range of industrial-grade materials including metals fit for production use and micro resolution plastics for ultra-fine part features.

 



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In-house Production

Maintain consistent quality and guaranteed lead times from a single supplier with in-house part production.


protolabs 3d printing service is unmatched

Unmatched Capacity

More than 100 industrial 3D printers across five additive manufacturing technologies.


3D Printing Finishing Options

Looking to boost the strength, clarity, or appearance of your 3D-printed parts? Choose from microfluidic and micro-resolution materials, metal plating, secondary machining, and custom finishes like painting, clear coating, and decaling
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3D Printing Tour

Take a quick tour through our additive manufacturing facility in North Carolina, one of the largest 3D printing operations in the world, to see how we build high-quality prototypes and fully functional end-use components and assemblies.



Additive Manufacturing Materials

We use a range of commercial-grade thermoset resins, and thermoplastic and metal powders to 3D print parts that are suitable for various part applications and industries. 




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