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Protolabs Overview

Maple Plain, MN
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (PRLB)
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Protolabs provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” by utilizing injection molding, sheet metal fabrication, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and 3D printing to produce parts for product designers and engineers ... Read more

Mission: We help companies accelerate product development, reduce risk, and optimize supply chains by providing quality prototyping and on-demand manufacturing services at unprecedented speeds.

Company Updates

  • Welcome to our 2019 Summer Interns! Today they toured our Injection Molding facility in Plymouth and CNC facility in Brooklyn Park. Looking forward to having them work alongside us in Sales, Marketing, IT, Manufacturing, R&D, HR, and Software Development.

  • Our Raleigh facility celebrated "Pi day" today. Here is the slick trophy that was awarded to the winner. It was 3D printed in our plant.

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Protolabs – Why Work For Us?

When you first meet the Proto Labs team, you'll notice how sincere, genuine and laid back everyone is.  We embrace people from all walks of life and welcome them with open arms. Our team hires people who are creative, innovative, intelligent, fun and have an entrepreneurial spirit. We want you to love your job and love working here. What does it mean to work in a career and company you love? 

  • You have the opportunity help maintain a culture where you're empowered to be YOU at work
  • You get to be a part of making peoples dreams a reality
  • You get to share your ideas and have those ideas be heard
  • You get to be a part of a team that has fun & is continuously there for each other
  • You have the opportunity to grow in a fast paced, ever changing environment
  • You have the opportunity to work with complex technologies
  • You get to work with a company that prioritizes work/life balance. Family is important to us
  • You have the opportunity to smile and have fun every day at work

Our Values:

Achievement: At Proto Labs, speed and innovation are the cornerstones of our success. We are committed to being a solution for getting things done quickly and a catalyst for great ideas for our shareholders, customers and each other. We are responsible for our performance, our results and our future.

Trust: Our integrity is built on honest answers to our customers and colleagues. It is okay to make mistakes if we use them to learn. We navigate difficult situations with compassion. The success of our company depends on teh success of our people.

Teamwork: We are dedicated to the idea that more minds are better than one. Through open communication, we strive to collaborate with colleagues to maximize our creativity and to make our good ideas great. We respect eachother's opnions. We help colleagues who are struggling to improve so our success is everyone's success. 

Proto Labs 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.

Today, Proto Labs is the world’s fastest on-demand manufacturer of custom prototypes and low-volume production parts with manufacturing facilities in seven countries.

We are leading the charge in the digital manufacturing realm, which makes us an exciting place to work. Our company hires designers, engineers, developers, creative thinkers and smart people who tackle their roles with an entrepreneurial spirit.  We pride ourselves on our innovative technology & laid back culture that focuses on doing meaningful work that brings transformational products to market.  If you’re up for a challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

Check out our "Jobs" tab above and see if we have something that's perfect for you! 

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Protolabs photo of: We want to say thank you to all of our customers, community members, and employees that made it out to celebrate the grand opening of our new Brooklyn Park facility!
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Protolabs Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maple Plain, MN
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Protolabs (Maple Plain, MN) in June 2015.


    I met with three different people. The first interview was with the recruiter who was very easy to talk to. She asked pretty basic questions. Aftet that you meat with two manager for about a half hour, and I was asked to job shadow for a half hour afterwords to see if I thought the job would be something I'd like.

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Protolabs Awards & Accolades

  • Tekne Award - Advanced Manufacturing, MN Tekne Awards, 2016
  • Manufacturing Leadership of Customer Value Award, Frost & Sullivan, 2016
  • Youth Initiative Community Involvement Award, Minnesota Business Magazine, 2016
  • 2015 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune, 2015
  • 2015 Top 150 Workplaces, Star Tribune, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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