Protolabs has announced the opening of a new €16m European 3D Printing Centre in Putzbrunn near Munich, providing a world class facility that contains future-oriented technologies, highly skilled employees and a host of sustainable benefits.
One of the world’s leading digital manufacturing services, Protolabs estimates that the new facility will boost its additive manufacturing capacity by 60%, while enabling faster lead times for users local to its existing sites, including its UK headquarters in Telford.
“We are very pleased about the opening of our new European 3D printing centre in Putzbrunn and the strategic importance it will have for customers in the UK,” explained VP & MD Protolabs Europe Bjoern Klaas.
“The new production facility expands our capacity and enables further growth for pioneering 3D printing technologies in the future. Our UK customers will enjoy an even greater range of services and this latest investment will undoubtedly help us meet our promise of delivering prototypes and low-volume production parts in just a few days.”
Protolabs has also enhanced its commitment to the environment with several sustainable features included in the design of the Putzbrunn plant, building on its ISO 14001 certification and desire to save resources whilst reducing its CO2 footprint.
This is already evident in energy consumption alone, which Protolabs says has been reduced by leveraging the capabilities of heat recovery and waste heat utilisation, as well as the intelligent linking of engineering processes.
The new location, which keeps noise emissions below 26 decibels, also includes charging facilities for electric and hybrid vehicles in its own parking garage and draws on a mix of green electricity.
“The opening of the 3D printing centre illustrates our long-term corporate strategy, which is geared towards fast evolving technologies, rapidly shifting markets, environmental considerations and world-class employees,” added Klaas.
“In doing so, we want to fulfil our social responsibility, as well as deliver an unparalleled service through digital manufacturing. This approach enables our customers to more rapidly develop their products, go to market faster, reduce manufacturing costs and achieve a flexible supply chain throughout the entire product lifecycle.”