Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts. Its advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding services provide an unprecedented speed to market value for product designers and engineers during development.
They are a Fortune 100 fastest growing company and what brought them to my attention was the recent announcement that they are fast filling up space at their new warehouse premises here in Telford.
Have you heard of the term Industry 4.0? Probably not, but many of the worlds leading technology companies are embracing this buzzword and it stands for turning your idea into a finished product as fast as possible via the use of prototyping. Industry 4.0 is about connecting automated front end software with back office hardware for more efficient decision making.
Proto Labs uses its proprietary computing technologies and automated manufacturing systems to produce plastic, metal and liquid silicone rubber parts in industry leading timescales. They have both ends of the digital route to market covered.
If you are a CAD designer, you can upload your file to the Proto Labs web-based platform and have a prototype made in as fast as one day. That's how effective this system is. In addition to the rapid prototyping processes that this company pioneers, the use of plastics in engineering processes like making cars is becoming ever greater as the resin compounds are improved.
Will ProtoLabs Be Able To 3D Print An Entire Car?
It's highly likely that this will happen sooner than you think because as electricity replaces fossil fuels the motor will become a sealed unit that simply hooks up to a battery. The car may be printed out and the motor and batteries dropped in to fit.
Making cars out of plastic is set to be the future and when you wed it with electric and driver less technology a company like Protolab is poised right at the vanguard of this technology shift.
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