About Will Martin

Will is the communications manager at Proto Labs. He writes about rapid manufacturing. A lot. Will enjoys baseball on the radio, pretentious French cinema and Tom Waits.

Bridging the STEM Gap

Our cover story for this month’s Journal focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as they relate to both education and employment. We take an in-depth look at how STEM-related jobs have remained in high demand as high schools and colleges work to train future employees in this curriculum.

Notably there is a gap between the skill sets that employers are seeking in STEM fields and the amount of qualified people who are available to fill them. School districts, universities, and companies are beginning to recognize this disconnect and have been working in recent years to raise awareness about the importance of STEM-based education.

Find out how the STEM gap is affecting the business world, the work being put forth by schools and businesses to close this gap and Proto Labs’ own efforts toward building a strong STEM presence within our workforce.

Read the full story here

Trade Show Roundup: New York to Atlanta

Proto Labs HQ is a little quieter than usual as we attend several trade shows this week. Here’s a quick look at where we’ll be:

Meet up with us at Booth 4419 at LIGHTFAIR

We were excited to make our debut at LIGHTFAIR on Tuesday at the Javits Center in New York. The international event, which runs through tomorrow afternoon, is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. It includes educational courses for attendees and offers them the opportunity to look at high-end designs and cutting-edge lighting technology. We’ll be at booth 4419 through the remainder of the show discussing our new optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material that benefits lighting applications. Continue reading

Just Press Play for a Tour of Injection Molding

Our short video series continues with a look at the three different injection molding processes available at Proto Labs. See how we manufacture plastic, metal and liquid silicone rubber prototypes and low-volume production parts so fast.

Use CNC machining more? Take a spin through one of our high-speed mills. And if you’re curious as to how we’re able to turn your 3D CAD model into real parts in only a few days, check out our Art to Part video.

2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been presented with a 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. The award honors manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing

Proto Labs was recognized in the Innovation Process Leadership category for its Cool Idea! Award program, which provides gratis prototyping and short-run production services to entrepreneurs bringing inventive new product ideas to life.

Read more about our award here. Continue reading