Protolabs, a provider of digital manufacturing services it sells through ecommerce, has completed its $280 million acquisition of 3D Hubs Inc., an online platform for a global network of manufacturers. Above: Protolabs CNC machines.

Proto Labs Inc., a long-time provider of several digital manufacturing services available for order through its ecommerce site, has added 3D Hubs Inc.’s online platform and global network of 240 manufacturers.

Protolabs produces custom components in as fast as one day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. By acquiring 3D Hubs, Protolabs says it is gaining “a complementary network of manufacturing partners to fulfill a breadth of capabilities outside of its current envelope, and a broader selection of pricing and lead time options.”

Protolabs added that its own and 3D Hubs’ “customer offerings are very complementary, and this expansion of services and capabilities reinforces Protolabs’ commitment to delight its customers and become the go-to supplier in the global custom contract manufacturing market.”

Protolabs, which processes virtually all of its transactions through, reported $107.50 million in revenue for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and $458.7 million in the 2019 fiscal year.

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