The Internet of Things (IoT) — where essentially any device with an on/off switch can be connected online — has gone mainstream. It’s a technological movement aimed to connect everything and everyone, sharing data between humans and machines to make our lives and work more efficient. It is both an exciting and terrifying concept, but a natural progression as we become a more connected society. Continue reading
Earlier this week, our CEO, Vicki Holt, appeared on Fox Business’ “After the Bell.” She explained how Proto Labs’ digital manufacturing capabilities — from advanced 3D printing to quick-turn CNC machining to rapid injection molding — have enabled product developers and design engineers to iterate faster than ever, bringing products to market at an unprecedented speed. If you missed the live broadcast, check out the clip:
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
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.
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.