Is Protolabs a 3D Printing Stock Yet?

September 24. 2019. 5 mins read

We recently wrote about the dismal performance of 3D printing stocks which might be explained by a shift in the business model for the 3D printing industry from a 3D printer on every corner to what we used to call “3D printing bureaus.” It’s a revolution for the manufacturing industry, something that’s now being called “on-demand manufacturing” among other things. The focus is on using multiple manufacturing methods – injection molding, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, 3D printing, and sheet metal fabrication – to manufacture custom parts for customers using software solutions to streamline the process. One company has become the world’s largest and fastest digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand production parts – Protolabs.

Protolabs Reinvents Manufacturing

Click for company websiteFounded in 1999, Protolabs (PRLB) is a $2.7 billion manufacturing company that started out by developing an automated process for producing injection-molded parts in a fraction of the time and cost it had taken before. Over the years, they have made strategic acquisitions to expand their production capabilities in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal fa

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