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The easiest way to source high-quality 3D printed prototypes and production parts. Order from our network of highly experienced 3D printing shops. ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and AS9100 certified.

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Our 3D printing capabilities

We have over 90 3D printing shops in our network and are well known for manufacturing high-quality parts at competitive prices, from rapid prototyping with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to functional end parts made with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) or Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).

FDM 3D printed part in FDM process

Fast & affordable prototyping

  • Dimensional accuracy of ± 0.5% with a lower limit: ± 0.5 mm

  • Lead times from 1 business day

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SLS 3D printed part in SLS process

Functional prototyping & low-run production

  • Dimensional accuracy of ± 0.3% with a lower limit of ± 0.3 mm (± 0.012")

  • Lead times from 3 business days

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MJF 3D printed part in MJF process

Functional prototyping & low-run production

  • Dimensional accuracy of ± 0.3% with a lower limit of ± 0.3 mm (± 0.012")

  • Lead times from 3 business days

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SLA 3D printed part in SLA process

Visual prototyping

  • Dimensional accuracy of ± 0.3% with a lower limit of ± 0.3 mm (± 0.012")

  • Lead times from 2 business days

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Not sure about which process is the correct one for your part design? Read more about Selecting the right 3D printing process.

Instant, online 3D printing quotes

  • Upload a CAD to start (STEP, STP, IGES, IGS, SLDPRT, 3DM, SAT, STL, OBJ or X_T)

  • Price updates in real-time as you change materials, lead time, etc..

  • No hidden costs. Our instant quotes are not just indications, but the actual price, and include shipping and customs up front.

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Our ordering process

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Quality control
We take full responsibility for making sure your parts are manufactured according to our standards

The Protolabs Network Standard - consistent quality, every time

Protolabs Network takes the stress out of manufacturing by guaranteeing the quality and consistency of every part. Each order is dimensionally and visually inspected to make sure it meets The Protolabs Network Standard.

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Inspection standards

Visual and dimensional inspection & defects

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Dimensional accuracy

Sample measurements & general rules

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Cosmetic standards

Standard offering & post-processing options

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3D printing materials

We can generate instant 3D printing quotes for 25+ plastics. For metal 3D-printed parts, you can request a quote from our parent company, Protolabs.

We can source any other material on request, but quotes take up to 48 hours.

Specialist industries

We’ve manufactured millions of parts for all sorts of applications, but we’re especially knowledgeable in these areas.

Aerospace & aviation
Aerospace & aviation

Aerodynamic parts for aircraft, drones, satellites and rockets with AS 9100 certification.

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Create custom medical devices and diagnostic equipment to get healthcare innovations into hospitals and homes.

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Consumer electronics

Manufacture parts requiring highly cosmetic features for gaming, audio, video and smart home products.

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Robotics & automation

Produce complex robotic systems, end effectors and automated machinery for this innovative industry.

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Our 3D printing network

With over 90 local 3D print shops in our network we have virtually unlimited production capacity in both the EU and the US, and can always guarantee broad capabilities, immediate capacity and competitive prices. Our manufacturing partners can offer the following certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and AS9100. 

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Parts in 1 day with Protolabs

Protolabs and its network work together to bring you the world's most comprehensive manufacturing solution. While the network can provide a large breadth of capabilities, Protolabs’ factories offer expedited manufacturing with automated in-house machines for the industry's fastest lead times.

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Source parts with Protolabs Network's custom 3D printing services

Protolabs Network offers a comprehensive range of additive manufacturing solutions for producing custom parts. From single or smaller quantities of prototypes for rapid product development to intricate and extra durable end-use parts for larger-scale production, our 3D printing services enable you to source parts efficiently without compromising on quality. We offer a huge variety of manufacturing polymers, including PLA, PETG, ABS and Nylon, and our manufacturing partners consistently offer newer and more robust plastics. For metal 3D printing, you can speak with an account manager or explore what Protolabs has to offer. Our 3D printing capabilities make it easier to produce complex end-use components or hold your product in your hands for the very first time, all without having to wait for quotes.

A network built for professional 3D printing services

Our network of manufacturing partners brings together highly professional and specialized 3D printing shops. The 3D printing partners we work with are immensely skilled at manufacturing prototypes and production-grade parts using technologies including Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF). This network of experienced and passionate additive manufacturers can produce parts using specialized printers like the Stratasys Fortus line, EOS P390, Markforged Mark 2, HP MJF 5210, 3D Systems Project and Viper line. So no matter what kinds of parts you need, we have access to shops with professional capabilities and limitless capacity.

Industrial 3D printing services for production & tooling

3D printing technology has developed from a cost-efficient process for rapid prototyping. There are now many bigger, more advanced 3D printers for larger batch sizes of parts and for using materials other than polymers. Technologies like industrial FDM and SLA, SLS and MJF are being used for more industrial purposes, such as higher-volume production and tooling. 3D printing is optimal for creating cheaper molds for injection molding, which overall cuts down the cost of mass-producing plastic parts. Industries like automotive, medical, electrical and even toys use industrial 3D printing technology as a viable alternative to traditional industrial processes like CNC machining and injection molding. With 3D printing, you can accelerate and reduce the cost of industrial-scale production.

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What can you create with Protolabs Network's custom 3D printing service?

Protolabs Network provides a comprehensive array of additive manufacturing services catering to diverse applications. Whether you require single prototypes for swift product development or intricate, durable parts for large-scale production, our online 3D printing service assists you in manufacturing components quickly and more cost-effectively. This expedites your innovation cycle, allowing you to concentrate on creating groundbreaking products.

Collaborating with a global network of manufacturing partners, we specialize in four major technologies: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF). Our vetted manufacturing network gives you access to specialized 3D printers such as the Stratasys Fortus line, EOS P390, Markforged Mark 2, HP MJF 5210, 3D Systems Project, and Viper line. This ensures that, regardless of your part requirements, we have access to the ideal technologies for your designs.

We offer a huge variety of manufacturing polymers, including PLA, PETG, ABS and Nylon, and our manufacturing partners consistently offer newer and more robust plastics. For metal 3D printing, you can speak with an account manager or explore what Protolabs has to offer. Our 3D printing capabilities are ideal for intricate end-use components or rapidly developing a product without the need to wait for quotes.


How much does your 3D printing service cost?

The cost of your 3D printed parts depends on factors such as part volume, part complexity, choice of material, which 3D printing technology is used, and if any post processing is required. For more details on these cost factors, see our article on the cost of 3D printing. To check the cost of your 3D printed part, simply upload a CAD (.STL) file and select your material and 3D printing technology to receive a quote within seconds.

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How can I reduce the cost of my 3D prints?

In order to reduce the cost of your 3D prints you need to understand the impact certain factors have on cost. The main cost influencing factors are the material type, individual part volume, printing technology and post-processing requirements.

Once these have been decided, an easy way to further cut costs is to reduce the amount of material used. This can be done by decreasing the size of your model, hollowing it out, and eliminating the need for support structures.

To learn more, read our full guide on how to reduce the cost of 3D printing.

How do you guarantee the quality of my prints?

Your parts are made by experienced 3D printing shops within our network. All facilities are regularly audited to ensure they consistently meet The Protolabs Network Standard. We include a standardized inspection report with every order and offer a First Article Inspection service on orders of 100+ units.

We have partners in our network with the following certifications, available on request: ISO9001, ISO13485 and AS9100.

Follow this link to read more about our quality assurance measures.

How do I select the right 3D printing process for my prints?

You can select the right 3D printing process by examining which materials suit your need and what your use case is.

By material: if you already know which material you would like to use, selecting a 3D printing process is relatively easy, as many materials are technology specific.

By use case: once you know whether you need a functional or visual part, choosing a process is easy.

For more help, read our guide to selecting the right 3D printing process. Find out more about Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA).

Where can I learn more about 3D printing?

Our knowledge base is full of in-depth design guidelines, explanations on process and surface finishes, and information on how to create and use CAD files. Our 3D printing content has been written by an expert team of engineers and technicians over the years. 

See our complete engineering guide to 3D printing for a full breakdown of the different 3D printing technologies and materials. If you want even more 3D printing, then check out our acclaimed 3D Printing Handbook.

How do I design parts for 3D printing?

For tips on designing for production, take a look at our key design considerations for 3D printing. Designing models for 3D printing is generally done with CAD software such as Solidworks and Fusion 360, or 3D modeling software such as Blender, Maya or 3Ds max. To learn more see our article on 3D modeling CAD software.

Our other manufacturing capabilities

CNC machining
CNC machining

Milling (3-, 4- & full 5-axis), turning and post-processing

  • 50+ metals and plastics & 10 surface finishes

  • Tolerances down to ±.0008” (0.020 mm)

  • Lead times from 5 business days

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Sheet metal fabrication
Sheet metal fabrication

Laser cutting, bending, post-processing

  • 6 metals & 9 surface finishes

  • Tolerances down to ±.004” (0.010 mm)

  • Lead times from 5 business days

See our sheet metal fabrication services
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Injection molding

Prototypes and production tooling

  • Wide range of part complexities and sizes

  • 1 to 1M parts

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