Booth #B5529 - We will be showcasing our latest service addition of rapid sheet metal fabrication. We will also be highlighting our metal 3D printing capabilities as well as quick-turn CNC machining.

Talking FABTECH with Protolabs

Contributed by | Protolabs

Tell us about your company. 

Protolabs is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle.


Your company will be exhibiting at FABTECH, what is it that makes this an important event for your company? 

FABTECH is a large show that brings in many of our customers and prospects from all over so it is great to get in front of them to better understand how we can be better partners for each other. It’s also a great opportunity for us as this show travels around every year, and this allows us to see a different customer base.


Highlight 2 or 3 products you will be showcasing at the event.

We will be showcasing our latest service addition of rapid sheet metal fabrication. We will also be highlighting our metal 3D printing capabilities as well as quick-turn CNC machining.


FABTECH has many educational sessions, forums & demo’s, is your company involved in any of them this year?

1. The Knowledge Bar on Nov. 6 from 2:30 – 2:50 pm
“Selecting the Right 3D Printing Process for your Project”


2. The Smart Manufacturing Hub
“A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing”
Tues, Nov 6 from 12:20 – 1 pm

“How to Reduce Sheet Metal Design Risks and Production Costs”
Wed, Nov 7 from 11:20 am – 12 pm


3. 3D Additive Manufacturing Applications for Fabricators track
“A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing”
Wed, Nov 7 from 1:30 -2 pm


3D Additive Manufacturing Tools for Fabricators track
“Is 3D Printing the Right Process for Your Metal Part? It Depends.”
Thurs, Nov 8 from 11 – 11:45 am


When you get a chance to walk the exhibit hall floor yourself, what is it you will be most interested to see?  Any educational sessions, pavilions etc. you plan on attending?

I always like to check out the additive pavilion because even though we provide that service, so many companies all do it differently so it is interesting to see what is all out there.


3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing is undertaking rapid advancements.  These process hold huge benefits for many manufacturers, give us an idea on how your company and product is being utilized now in the advanced manufacturing. 

Protolabs is utilized by every industry for a variety of different reasons in the additive field because we offer quality 3D-printed parts using five different technologies – stereolithography, PolyJet, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, and multi jet fusion 3D printing. We can make prototype parts, and we can also provide low volume production quantities.


Give us your thoughts on what the future holds for 3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing. 

It’s hard to say what the future holds for 3D printing because it is always changing, which is what makes this area of manufacturing so interesting. With 3D printing anything is possible, and we plan to stay up to date with technology so that we can continue to offer a variety of services to our customer base.


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