We’ve just published a comprehensive new white paper on metal materials for rapid manufacturing. The paper explores soft metals like aluminum, brass and magnesium as well as hard metals like steel and stainless steel. Learn about:
- Material properties that bring strength, durability, lightweighting and more to parts.
- Typical part applications for various metals
- Prototyping and low-volume production processes from 3D printing, to machining and molding metal parts.
Download a free metals white paper today. And if you dabble more in plastics, our Materials Matter white paper on thermoplastic materials is also downloadable here.
Due to the popularity of our first book, “Injection Molding Part Design for Dummies,” we’ve published a new 72-page book on digital manufacturing. It’s a comprehensive resource to help you navigate the increasingly tech-driven world of advanced manufacturing.
“Digital Manufacturing for Dummies” offers an in-depth look at the various rapid prototyping and low-volume production processes and provides tips to improve part design. Find out how to:
- leverage 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding processes to bring your product to market fast.
- evaluate suppliers with the proper criteria to meet your quick-turn manufacturing needs.
- increase the manufacturability of your parts.
Order it for free today.
Additive manufacturing in DMLS
The rise of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) has opened up a new world of 3D-printed metal prototypes and production parts. DMLS fuses metal powder into thousands of thin layers, making it particularly well-suited for highly complex metal parts that are unable to be machined and multi-part assemblies that can be reduced into a single piece.
The advanced additive process complements high-speed CNC machining, by producing fully dense end-use parts built in a range of metals like aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, cobalt chrome and Inconel. Our latest design tip explains the DMLS process, its benefits and provides some design advice on how to build better parts for DMLS
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
Rob Bodor, Proto Labs’ VP and GM, Americas
*Excerpt courtesy of Bill Wong and Electronic Design
Turning an idea into a product is more than just hacking some hardware and software together. It’s easier to develop a prototype with 3D printers, but many other techniques and methodologies are more appropriate for some applications. Likewise, turning from a prototype to production can be a challenge.
Along those lines, Proto Labs offers a range of production and design services, and maintains extensive production facilities to deliver any number of parts for a given design. I spoke with Rob Bodor about some of Proto Labs’ services and what they bring to the table.
Wong: How did Proto Labs get started, and what kind of services does it offer today?
Bodor: Proto Labs was founded as the ProtoMold Company by Larry Lukis in 1999, a self-professed computer geek and entrepreneur. Previously, Larry was the founder of a successful company that sought to design a better printer. He was frustrated by the time, cost, and manual labor involved in getting injection-molded parts, so he decided to develop software that automated the injection molding processes he needed to create his prototypes.
Read the complete article at Electronic Design.