The drone market in the U.S. is expected to soar to an $82-billion industry in the next decade, the New York Times recently reported. With that robust market in mind, Lockheed Martin, the aerospace, defense, and technology giant, developed a small, fold-up, lightweight drone, the Indago Quadcopter UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), turning to Proto Labs for quick-turn prototyping and low-volume production.
Proto Labs’ automated design for manufacturability (DFM) and quoting system was especially helpful in taking the Indago from 3D-printed prototypes to injection-molded parts, and getting finished parts delivered in days and weeks. The video tells the story:
The next short video in our Fundamentals of Molding series takes a trip down the Mississippi River to explore different cosmetic flaws like sink, warp and blush, which can find their way into injection-molded parts.
Our automated, interactive ProtoQuotes with real-time pricing information and free design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis are one of the most valuable tools you can get at Proto Labs. You can upload a 3D CAD model online at any time to receive a quote within hours.
The DFM analysis helps eliminate potential problems like sink, challenging undercuts or walls that are too thin or thick. Once a part design is ready and a quote approved, production begins almost immediately.
See how easy it is to navigate ProtoQuote with our quick video.
We’re kicking off an animated series that takes a quirky look at the fundamentals of molding. The first short video is on draft, one of the most important consideration during injection molding part design.
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) is increasingly being used to rapidly build prototypes and even functional, end-use parts. Proto Labs employs three advanced additive processes:stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). Check out our short video to see how additive manufacturing at Proto Labs can help on your next project.