First Journal Issue of 2015

Journal issue 1, 2015

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.

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Design Tip: How to Get Well-Rounded Parts with Lathe

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.

West Coast Roundup

We’re trading in the Midwest sleet and snow this week for some much-appreciated sunshine at a mix of industry conferences. If you happen to be in California or Arizona right now, look for us.

Pacific Design & Manufacturing
PD&M is co-located with Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), both underway in Anaheim, California (Feb. 10-12). If you’re here, come find us in booth #4049 to see some of the exciting things we’re debuting at the show (besides our completely revamped booth)! We are officially launching turning capabilities within our CNC machining service as well as one- and two-day quick-turn shipment on 3D-printed parts built in stereolithography (SL) and selective laser sintering (SLS). We’re also participating in two panel discussions on accelerating speed to market by using 3D printing for rapid prototyping.

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WATCH: From 3D CAD to Final Parts

We’re officially kicking off our series of short Proto Labs videos today. Throughout the year, the series will take brief glimpses into our different manufacturing processes, technology, quoting and other areas that make Proto Labs unique. Our first short follows an initial concept as it moves from sketch to 3D CAD model to final part. Have a look: