Proto Labs was founded as The ProtoMold Company in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful entrepreneur and computer geek. Larry previously was co-founder of a successful $100 million company that wanted to design a better printer, and was floored by the time and money it took to get injection-molded parts. His answer was to develop an automated process for producing injection-molded parts in a fraction of the time and cost it had taken before. With a stated mission “to radically reduce the time it takes to get prototype injection-molded plastic parts” and “to make plastic injection molding a practical option for products not requiring large quantities of parts,” Protomold was off and running.

With a rapidly growing customer base demanding more, the company pushed the technology envelope to produce bigger and more complex parts, introduced the Firstcut CNC Machining service, opened up manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia, and changed the company name to Proto Labs to reflect our growing capabilities. In 2012, management decided to take the company public and became one of the most successful initial public offerings of that year. As the world’s fastest provider of machined and molded parts, the company takes pride in providing customers real parts really fast.

Proto Labs has helped thousands of companies transform the way they prototype, test and get products to market faster by providing them with quick-turn injection-molded and machined parts. Protoworks was established to research, develop and market-test new accelerated manufacturing processes for prototype or low-volume production parts.


How They Can Help:

  • Real materials, real functionality, and real value in as fast as one business day.
  • Proprietary technology eliminates most of the time-consuming and expensive skilled labor conventionally required to quote and manufacture parts in low volumes.
  • Choose from more than 30 different materials for CNC machines parts including ABS, Nylon, PC, Delrin, PEEK, Ultem® and aluminum.
  • Choose from hundreds of thermoplastic resins and metal materials for injection molded parts.

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