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
Moving a product through the duration of its life cycle involves many peaks, valleys and pivots. The trail can be difficult to navigate, but our various manufacturing technologies can guide you down the path. In our cover story, we show you how to leverage manufacturing at every stage of a product’s life.
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.
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.
We talk a lot about our high-speed CNC mills, and how fast they crank out parts, so we thought we’d just take you inside one for quick second to have a look. Enjoy.
And if you’ve yet to see our first video that follows a design from sketch to final part, right this way.