Proto Labs manufactures custom parts through its Firstcut CNC Machining and Protomold Injection Molding services for designers and engineers around the world. Its proprietary software and automated manufacturing processes allow for quick-turn prototyping and low- to mid-volume production of real plastic and metal parts in a matter of days.
Product designers and engineers upload a 3D CAD model online and receive an interactive quote with design analysis and pricing within hours. Once a part design is ready and a quote approved, production begins. The manufacturability analysis helps customers eliminate potential problems like sink or internal undercuts.
Firstcut uses three-axis milling from up to six sides to machine up to 50 parts from more than 30 stocked plastic and metal materials in less than three days. The result is functional parts made from real metal and plastic materials for prototype testing, jigs, fixtures or one-off projects. For customers who need low-volume production or bridge tooling, Protomold can injection mold up to 10,000+ parts from hundreds of different engineering-grade thermoplastic resins in three weeks or less.
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