Proto Labs expands 3D printing offerings with Concept Laser

In anticipation of the expansion of its 3D printing services and the grand opening of its new facility, Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN), which provides machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components, has chosen Concept Laser (Grapevine, TX) to be the anchor of its metal additive manufacturing center. They will integrate multiple Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines into a new 77,000 sq. ft. facility later this year. The LaserCUSING technology will complement its existing portfolio of industrial 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding processes.

LaserCUSING systems can use a variety of alloys, allowing prototypes to be functional hardware made out of the same material as production components. Since the components are built layer by layer, it is possible to design internal features and passages that could not be cast or otherwise machined. Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines produce full-strength, functional metal parts with the same ease and speed as plastic parts, with the potential to transition into metal injection molding when increased production is needed.

For more information, please visit www.protolabs.com and www.conceptlaserinc.com.



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