The company provides its 3D printing service essentially for rapid prototyping and low-volume production. Protolabs further uses its proprietary software suite across all these mentioned product lines, which analyzes the manufacturability of the parts, along with any other recommendations for design modifications.Protolabs provides information on revenues generated from Injection Molding, CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Sheet Metal, and Other Product (revenue from resin resale) segments. The injection molding product line uses 3D CAD-to-CNC machining technology to design and manufacture thermoplastic, metal, and liquid silicone injection molds that are used to produce the molded parts manufactured through custom injection method for the commercial market. The injection molding product line is used for prototyping, and on-demand and short-run production of parts. The CNC Machining product line of the company uses CNC machines to cut plastic or metal blocks into one or more custom parts based on the 3D CAD model uploaded by the product developer or engineer. This product line uses SLA, SLS, and DMLS technologies for the AM of the components, both by metal- and plastic-build materials.
USP : The company is an online and technology-enabled, on-demand manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The company provides 3D printing services, CNC machining, and injection molding services to its customers, including product developers, designers, and engineers from a diverse range of industries.