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.
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.
Know an engineer? Show them some love this week. These inventors, builders, out-of-the-box thinkers, non-eye-contact makers deserve at least a week-long celebration of their services.
National Engineers Week is an annual recognition that takes place from Feb. 22-28 this year. Established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, it aims to:
- celebrate engineers’ contributions to society.
- raise awareness about the need for engineering in the world.
- reach out to kids, schools, teachers and parents to get them excited about science, technology, engineering and math.