Our company was founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful entrepreneur and computer geek who wanted to radically reduce the time it took to get injection-molded plastic prototype parts. His solution was to automate the traditional manufacturing process by developing complex software that communicated with a network of mills and presses. As a result, plastic and metal parts could be produced in a fraction of the time it had ever taken before. Over the next decade, we would continue to expand our injection molding envelope, introduce quick-turn CNC machining, and open global facilities in Europe and Japan.
In 2014, we launched industrial-grade 3D printing services to allow product developers, designers, and engineers an easier path to move from early prototyping to low-volume production. And in 2017, we acquired Rapid Manufacturing to further expand our machining capabilities and introduce sheet metal fabrication into our suite of services. But that’s not all! Global online manufacturing platform, Hubs, also joined the Protolabs family in early 2021.
Our growth and expansion of capabilities over the past two decades has always been about providing you, our customer, with the best possible digital manufacturing experience in the industry. That continued evolution will never stop, and it’s what helps shape our vision and mission as a company.
Accelerating innovation by revolutionizing manufacturing.
We empower companies to bring new ideas to market by offering the fastest and most comprehensive digital manufacturing service in the world.
Join our fast-paced, casual work environment driven by employees who thrive on innovative thinking and are committed to creating a culture that supports learning, collaboration, and experimentation.
Ready for Your Next Challenge?
It’s an exciting time at Protolabs. We’re always on the lookout for more talented people to join our family. We are an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and lots of fun. Choose a career path that’s right for you.
Who We Are
We pride ourselves on being the catalyst for innovation, helping our customers transform product concepts into market-ready products, faster than ever before. We’re looking for you—a dynamic, smart, and engaging professional—to help us continue to grow and shape the future of manufacturing.
Life at Protolabs
We are the leaders in digital manufacturing. We hire designers, engineers, developers, and creative thinkers who tackle their roles with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our culture is centered around meaningful work that brings new and innovative products to market at unprecedented speeds. If you’re up for a challenge, we’d love to hear from you.
We are committed to establishing a culture where we celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusivity as a way of life. As we continue to grow, we will purposefully cultivate a safe environment. We will strive to build diverse teams throughout the organization by empowering growth for generations to come. The uniqueness of our employees is who we are as a company. Our pledge is to establish a global culture that invites, recognizes, and embraces all contributions to make a us stronger.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Protolabs is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. Our most valuable asset is the people we employ and we believe that having a diverse workforce is one of the keys to our success.