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Protolabs Expands CNC Machining Offer Through Its Digital Manufacturing Network of Global Suppliers

World-leading digital manufacturer Protolabs announced an expansion of production capabilities within its global CNC machining service today, creating new opportunities for product development worldwide.

Customers who upload a 3D CAD model to the online quoting platform can now access a range of better-qualified suppliers through Protolabs’ digital supply network at Hubs for qualified geometries.

The seamless transition between in-house and network production options opens up a wealth of advanced machining capabilities designed to reduce part costs, increase tolerances, provide a broader range of finishing options, and allow for the design of larger and more complex parts.

“Our business is all about helping customers to innovate, so it’s vital that we constantly seek to improve our offering,” said Bjoern Klaas, Vice President and Managing Director of Protolabs Europe. “With this launch, our customers can now benefit from the fastest and most well-rounded machining service possible.”

With volume pricing options, customers can lower their overall piece-part price as quantity increases—up to 1,000 or more machined parts. Tighter tolerances down to 0.020 mm are now achievable, as are complete parts with all features milled, holes tapped, and post-process finishing applied. Regarding finishing options, plating (black oxide, nickel), anodising (Type II, Type III), and chromate coating in larger quantities are available. And parts as large as 1,000 mm to as small as 0.5 mm are possible.

Bjoern concluded: “We decided to transition into a prototype-to-production provider to support customers even further, and this development supports that strategy. When designing and developing parts, customers can benefit from the speed, precision and reliability in CNC machining that they expect from Protolabs, with added capabilities to support their projects even further.”

All of the advanced machining capabilities are now live and available to customers.

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Protolabs CNC facility at its UK headquarters in Telford

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About Us Protolabs is the fastest and most comprehensive digital manufacturing service in the world. Our digital factories produce low-volume parts in days while our supply network powered by Hubs unlocks advanced capabilities and volume pricing at higher quantities. The result? One manufacturing source—from prototyping to production—for product developers, engineers, and supply chain teams across the globe. See what’s next at Media Contact Protolabs Alex Edwards, +44 (0) 1952 607 443 Head of Communications EU [email protected] Investor Relations Contact Protolabs Ryan Johnsrud, 612-225-4873 Manager, Investor Relations and FP&A [email protected]

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