Protolabs has acquired online manufacturing platform 3D Hubs for US$280 million.

According to the company, the transaction will create what it says is the world’s most comprehensive digital manufacturing offer for custom parts. 3D Hubs has reportedly helped produce over six million custom parts and products sinces its inception in 2013.

‘The addition of 3D Hubs provides Protolabs a platform to evolve our service model to provide unprecedented manufacturing flexibility to our customers,’ said Rob Bodor, Protolabs VP. ‘Our combined organizations will provide the market an industry-leading digital manufacturing solution to serve their needs from idea to prototype to full end-use part production. Together we can fulfil nearly every custom manufacturing need across the product life cycle.’

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