Protolabs expands additive manufacturing offering with Carbon Digital Light Synthesis

Protolabs has announced the addition of Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) to its fleet of additive manufacturing technologies.

The service manufacturer deploys six different additive manufacturing technologies to produce more than 100,000 components every month. It has sought to integrate Carbon’s DLS technology to expand the variety of applications it can additively manufacture for its customer base.

Carbon DLS technology has been harnessed by other manufacturers to produce parts in the automotive, medical, dental and sports industries, including two bike saddle products from Specialized and fizik. Protolabs is more than familiar with some of those industries and will now integrate the DLS process into its manufacturing operations, which lean on automation to produce parts on-demand and have them shipped within days. Adding another string to its bow, the company believes its additive manufacturing offering marks it out as a leader in the market.  

“We recognise that market demand for additive manufacturing has moved beyond prototyping and is being leveraged to create fully functional parts at much larger scale,” commented Greg Thompson, Protolabs’ Global Product Manager for 3D Printing. “We are committed to supporting that demand in a technology-agnostic manner so that our customers get the best possible parts from the best possible 3D printing technology.”

“We’re very excited about the manufacturing options the Carbon technology offers to our customers,” added Vicki Holt, President and CEO at Protolabs. “It provides a cost-effective production solution for geometric complexities that cannot be moulded or otherwise fabricated. We are committed to maintaining our market leadership in being a single source supplier for on-demand services across a multitude of manufacturing methods and Carbon will help us do that.”

“We’re proud to partner with Protolabs, a key player in the industry, to make the Carbon Platform accessible to its customers,” offered Phil DeSimone, Carbon’s Chief Customer Officer and co-founder.

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