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Company News Covid-19 does not stop expansion

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Meeting the demand of 3D printing technology — Protolabs is undertaking a huge investment.

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(l-r) Michael Meier (Protolabs), Edwin Klostermeier (Mayor of Putzbrunn) and Daniel Cohn (Protolabs)
(l-r) Michael Meier (Protolabs), Edwin Klostermeier (Mayor of Putzbrunn) and Daniel Cohn (Protolabs)
(Source: Protolabs)

Protolabs, which specialises in custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, is building a new 5000 square metre production facility in Putzbrunn in Germany that will give customers even greater access to the firm’s automated manufacturing processes and quality systems.

Despite the current Covid-19 pandemic impacting economies across Europe, construction of the new building has started, with the initial shell scheduled to be completed by the end of December this year and the fit-out and machinery due to be installed in several stages beginning in May 2021.

Protolabs is not slowed down the pandemic.
Protolabs is not slowed down the pandemic.
(Source: Protolabs)

“We are the world’s fastest digital manufacturer, but a major goal for us is to produce 3D printed parts even faster. When a finished design enters our online ordering platform it goes through a short feasibility check by our expert design team and then on to be printed. The new facility will give us the capacity to speed this process up even more to real time,” explained Bjoern Klaas, Vice President and Managing Director of Protolabs Europe.

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