Spring is a time of renewal, so keeping in that spirit, we’ve made some key improvements to our ProtoView software — the technology behind the design feedback in your interactive quotes.
ProtoView lets you review your automated design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis as a fully manipulatable 3D model that can be rotated in 360 degrees to explore any required or advised changes that may be needed to your part. Continue reading
Additive manufacturing — aka 3D printing — has an important place in product development alongside CNC machining and injection molding. At Proto Labs, customers have the option to print their products with several different plastic and metal materials through various additive technologies. Continue reading
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
Our new turning technology can help you create cylindrical features.
The launch of CNC turning brings product designers and engineers a new set of machining capabilities for part production at Proto Labs. By adding turning centers to our three-access milling services, we’re able to better machine parts with cylindrical features. Turned parts have excellent surface finish and are typically more cost effective for customers.
Whether you’re developing a new camera lens housing, drive shaft or anything else cylindrical in nature, we may be able to assist. We currently offer parts made from aluminum, steel and stainless steel materials, but are working to expand our options with the impending release of brass and copper and the introduction of plastic later in 2015.
Read our full design tip on CNC turning to see if it’s right for your next project.
The Proto Labs team is ready to meet and greet folks at the trade show.
Well, a contender anyway. We are exhibiting at the Strategies in Light conference in Las Vegas this week (Feb. 24-26), one of the key LED and lighting events in North America. We are excited to meet with all of the design engineers and developers of LEDs and other lighting components. Continue reading