February 2018




Protolabs, the leading provider of technology-enabled, rapid manufacturing solutions, announces the extension of its in-house 3D printing capabilities with the inclusion of specialist plating services for plastic parts built using Stereolithography (SL) or Selective Laser Sintering technology (SLS).

By offering both SL and SLS with a secondary ‘plating’ option, Protolabs is responding to customer demand for parts with the finished aesthetic and inherent strength intended for the finished product. These augmented characteristics are achieved by ‘plating’ parts with materials including copper, nickel and chromium. Plated Stereolithography or Selective Laser Sintering technology parts support prototyping requirements across a range of applications from all industries including: automotive, bathroom fittings and equipment for electrical engineering use.

Daniel Cohn, General Manager of Protolabs, Germany, comments, “We are continually evolving our capabilities to ensure we meet the demands of our customers. We have become increasingly aware of the significant enhancements plating makes to the capabilities of the resultant part, hence our move to offer these services in-house. Now, with SL & SLS Metal Plating technology and operational expertise in-house, we can manufacture plated parts with increased capabilities that will support product testing and project progression even further.”

Application examples include:

  • Plating components that are thin & lightweight with a very high level of detail; plating offers an alternative finish for a surface or shape that cannot be milled (or milling is too costly to be viable).
  • Coating of finished components to provide shielding against electric or magnetic field
  • Finishing of surfaces with chrome for producing a prototype suitable for customer validation and presentation


About Protolabs

Protolabs is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts. The technology-enabled company uses advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding technologies to produce parts within days. The result is an unprecedented speed-to-market value for designers and engineers and an on-demand resource throughout a product’s life cycle. Visit for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Sara Williams
Marketing Manager, Northern Europe
D: +44 (0) 1952 683541

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