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Protolabs Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award for Excellence in Engineering and Production Technology

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(NYSE: PRLB), a global leader in technology-enabled manufacturing, has
been recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as a
Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for its outstanding achievement
in engineering and production technology.

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The digital manufacturer’s winning project involved a multi-toolpath
engine that helped automate programming efforts in order to reduce
customer lead times and lower production costs. The team at Protolabs
developed toolpath generation software that achieved extremely smooth
surface finishes for injection molds without increasing the milling
time. The automation led to a significant decrease in production costs
while providing customers with better quality surface finishes and
shorter lead times. Given this automation, Protolabs is able to offer
customers the highest quality on-demand manufacturing services at
unprecedented speeds.

“We’re honored to be recognized for this project,” said Vicki Holt,
President and CEO of Protolabs. “We are committed to helping product
developers from an array of industries succeed in bringing products to
market quickly, and to do that, it’s necessary for us to place strong
emphasis on continuous improvement, and more specifically, digitization
of workflows and processes. The Multi-toolpath Engine project is a good
example of how the fruits of those efforts ultimately benefit our

This is the fifth consecutive year in which the company has received a
Manufacturing Leadership Award. Protolabs was previously recognized for
categories including Innovation Process Leadership, Customer Value
Leadership, Operational Excellence, and Manufacturer of the Year.

Protolabs will be recognized at the 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership
Awards Gala, which will be held on the last day of the Manufacturing
Leadership Summit, June 10-12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington
Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.

About Protolabs
Protolabs, a 20-year industry veteran, is
the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping
and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom
parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC
machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its
digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market,
reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout
the product life cycle. Visit
for more information.

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards
The Manufacturing
Leadership Awards, now in their 15th year, honor manufacturing companies
and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of
global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing
leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of
categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert
for results that have delivered clear and compelling value,
return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several
winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each
category, as well as a 2019 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and
large enterprises. Also unveiled at the Gala will be the ML Awards
Manufacturing Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

The theme for the 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit is
“Strategies to Deliver Business Value Through Manufacturing 4.0.” The
event enables senior-level executives in all aspects of manufacturing an
opportunity to network with and learn from the best minds in the

For more information on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards or the
Manufacturing Leadership Summit, please go to

About the National Association of Manufacturers
The National
Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing
association in the United States, representing small and large
manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.
Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes
$2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic
impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of
all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is
the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading
advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the
global economy and create jobs across the United States.

The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access
and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom
line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from
immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment,
to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of
manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do
what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.