Proto Labs is a company that provides rapid manufacturing of low-volume 3-D printed, CNC-machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Markets like medical devices, electronics, appliances, automotive and consumer products use these parts. Proto Labs' headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Maple Plain, Minnesota. The company also has a fully operational manufacturing facility in England and Japan. In 1999, Larry Lukis founded the Protomold Company, Inc., that specialized in the quick-turn manufacture of custom plastic injection molded parts. Protomold was recognized for its small batch molded parts and rush orders. He previously ran ColorSpan, an original equipment manufacturer that produces printers and desktop publishing systems. He was the chief technology officer of Protomold. Later, in 2001, Brad Cleveland joined Protomold as CEO and president. In 2005, Protomold opened up its first UK plant in Telford, England. Two years later, Protomold Ltd. introduced the Firstcut quick-turn CNC machining service. In 2009, the company combined its Protomold and Firstcut services under its corporate name, Proto Labs Inc. Proto Labs opened a location in Japan to service Japanese design engineers.