Source custom robotics & automation parts
Custom parts with varying levels of complexity
Ideal for prototyping or full production runs
Fast and reliable with local and global manufacturing options
Manufacture robotics with digital efficiency
With a huge variety of manufacturing capabilities available for low-volume prototyping through to full-scale production, Protolabs Network provides everything you need to build robotics. Whether you’re developing unique end effectors, customized fixtures or workholdings, or an entirely new robotic system with a large number of custom components, our network of trusted manufacturers provides limitless capacity for making highly customized parts.
Protolabs Network is ISO 9001 certified and our suppliers have industrial certifications.
Get validation reports to ensure the highest quality and compliance.
CMM Inspection Report
Full Dimensional Inspections
Material Test Reports
Certificates of Conformance
First Article Inspections
We use a rigorous set of protocols and procedures to maintain quality.
Dimensional checks with calibrated equipment
Review of all quality documentation and industry certifications
Full IP protections on the platform and within the network
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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How robotics & automation engineers use Protolabs Network
Robotics & automation manufacturing capabilities
For cost-efficient prototypes and production
3-, 4- & 5-axis milling
Lead times from 5 business days
Lathes and live tooling ideal for cylindrical parts
60+ metals & plastics, including 10+ aluminum & 20+ steel
Lead times from 5 business days
FDM, SLA, SLS, MJF
25+ plastics & 35+ colors
±0.5% dimensional accuracy with a lower limit down to ±0.0059 in (0.15 mm)
Lead times from 1 business day
Why robotics experts use Protolabs Network
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Our ISO 9001-certified quality management system ensures reliable quality across our network.
Materials & surface finishes for robotics parts
We provide access to a huge range of high-performance materials and surface finishes that are resilient, reliable, and ready to work.
Choose from more than 30 metal alloys and hundreds of high-performance plastics.
Steel & stainless steel: 316/316L, 15-5, 1045, 4140, A36
Aluminum: 6061-T6, 7075-T6, 5052, 5083-H111, 2024-T351
Brass & copper alloys: C360, C110, C101
Thermoplastics: Polycarbonate (PC), ABS, PEEK, PET
Commodity polymers: Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), PVC
Gallery of robotics & automation parts
How we help robotics & automation companies innovate
The Protolabs Network platform is the easiest way to get competitive pricing for comparing order volumes, lead times, materials, tolerances, secondary processes, and more for your projects. Get all final pricing information upfront, including shipping, quality control and customs clearance (when ordering from the US and EU). We prioritize IP protection on the platform and throughout the process to ensure that your designs and models are completely secure. Our platform is equipped with design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis and our mechanical engineers are always on hand to offer guidance to get the most out of Protolabs Network.
To keep your supply chain consistent and sturdy, we adhere to thorough quality control processes and protocols. Our manufacturing partners go through a complete vetting process before joining the network and on-site quality engineers perform frequent audits to ensure they meet The Protolabs Network Standard. Internal teams in Amsterdam and Chicago inspect parts for functionality and cosmetic specifications, and we handle all custom clearance requirements and ensure on-time delivery.
Supply chain resilience is critical, especially when you need parts on a strict schedule and with specific certifications. We offer local and global sourcing to reduce your supply chain risks and provide sourcing solutions to match compliance requirements. Protolabs Network gives you access to the most comprehensive network of industrial 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding and sheet metal specialists with consistent capacity available for your aerospace and aviation projects, no matter the scope.
How do we ensure our manufacturing partners are ISO certified?
We do thorough checks of every manufacturing partner (MP) during the initial onboarding process and perform audits on processes and certifications every two years. To source parts from certified MPs, you can indicate these requirements on the platform or contact email@example.com. We’ll match your designs with the right supplier.
How does Protolabs Network protect data and intellectual property?
Our platform is secure and encrypted to ensure that customer data and interactions with suppliers are all protected. All digital models and drawings are safely stored on AWS servers, located in Europe. MPs must sign our Manufacturing Partner Agreement as part of their onboarding, which contractually obligates them to keep customer data confidential. Our General Terms of Sale prohibit orders that misappropriate or infringe on copyrights, patents, design rights, trademarks, trade secrets and other IP rights.
What happens if a part doesn’t meet your specifications?
One of the reasons engineers use Protolabs Network is that we take on all the risks for you. If your parts aren’t up to spec, you can file a dispute claim and we’ll remake your components or refund your order. For more detail on how we handle disputes, you can contact our Customer Success Team. At the same time, we complete non-conformity reports for parts that don’t meet all requirements, with follow-up with manufacturers including root cause analysis and rapid corrective actions.
How do I request materials not listed on the site or platform?
If you want to get parts in specialized materials that aren’t listed on our site or platform, you can send a request to your account manager or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our supplier network has access to a huge range of materials, so most of the time we are able to find a manufacturing partner to fulfill your request.
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