Proto Labs Expands Firstcut Machining Service

Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, announces the availability of several additional metals through its Firstcut CNC machining service.

Beginning today, customers can upload their 3D CAD model at the Firstcut website www.firstcut.com, and have quick-turn machined parts made in 304/304 or 316/15L stainless steel, 1018 or 4041 steel, magnesium or copper. Customers uploading parts will quickly receive back an interactive FirstQuote, from which they can order parts and have them shipped as fast as one to three days.

These additional metals complement Firstcut’s existing lineup of more than 30 different plastics and metals which include ABS, Nylon PEEK, ULTEM, Delrin, aluminum and brass.

“We’re excited to announce this increase to our Firstcut service envelope,” says Brad Cleveland, President and CEO. “We are also making the necessary capital equipment investments to support the anticipated demand for these new metals, all of which is a part of our ongoing effort to expand our existing capabilities and bring new accelerated manufacturing processes to market.”

About Proto Labs, Inc.Proto Labs is a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Proto Labs provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” to product developers worldwide. Proto Labs utilizes computer numerical control (CNC) machining and injection molding to manufacture custom parts for our customers. For more information, visit protolabs.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Proto Labs to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. Certain of these risk factors and others are described in the “Risk Factors” section of the final prospectus relating to the initial public offering, as filed with the SEC, as well as in Proto Labs’ subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Proto Labs’ future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Proto Labs cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Proto Labs expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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