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5540 Pioneer Creek Drive

Maple Plain, MN 55359

United States

Phone: 763-479-3680

Fax: 763-479-2679

Proto Labs, Inc. operates as an online and technology-enabled quick-turn on-demand manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The company provides real parts to product developers and engineers worldwide. The company’s customers conduct majority of their business with the company over the Internet. The company targets its products to various product developers and engineers who use three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design products across a range of end-markets. The company’s manufacturing product lines include injection molding (Protomold), computer numerical control (CNC) machining (Firstcut) and 3D printing (Fineline). Product Lines The company’s Fineline, Firstcut and Protomold product lines offer various product developers and engineers the ability to outsource their quick-turn custom parts manufacturing. Fineline The company’s Fineline product line includes stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct metal laser sintering processes, which offers customers various precision rapid prototyping and low volume production. Firstcut The company’s Firstcut product line uses commercially available 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. The Firstcut product line is suited to produce small quantities, typically in the range of 1 to 200 parts. Protomold The company’s Protomold product line uses its 3D CAD-to-CNC machining technology for the automated design and manufacture of thermoplastic, metal, or liquid silicone injection molds, which are then used to produce custom injection-molded parts on commercially available equipment. The company’s Protomold product line is used for prototype, on-demand and short-run production. Prototype quantities typically range from 25 to 100 parts. Because the company retains possession of the molds, customers who need short-run production often come back to Proto Labs’ Injection Molding product line for additional quantities typically ranging up to 10,000 parts or more. Strategy The principal elements of the company’s growth strategy are to expand the customer base; add manufacturing processes; and broaden the parts envelope. Intellectual Property The company owns and has applications pending for patents relating to various aspects of its quoting and manufacturing processes. The company’s patents have expiration dates ranging from 2022 to 2032. The company also owns approximately 13 registered and 2 pending United States trademarks or service marks as of December 31, 2015, with corresponding registered protection in Europe and Japan for these marks, such as PROTO LABS, PROTOMOLD, FIRSTCUT, PROTOQUOTE, FIRSTQUOTE, PROTOFLOW and FINELINE, corresponding approved protection in Canada for PROTO LABS, FIRSTCUT and FINELINE, and corresponding registered protection in Australia, Canada and Mexico for PROTOMOLD. History Proto Labs, Inc. was founded in 1999. The company was incorporated in Minnesota in 1999.

 

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