3D Printing Resources

Our learning resources cover a wide array of 3D Printing topics.

Key Resources

Case Studies - 3D Printing

Learn more about how Protolabs has supported other companies with their 3D Printing Requirements 

Guides - 3D Printing

Delve deeper into 3D Printing with our technical guides


3D Printing - Design Tips

Get quick advice on creating plastic and metal parts for 3D printing. 


3D Printing - Webinars & Events

Watch online manufacturing webinars at any time.


3D Printing - Videos

Take a look behind the scenes, gain some insider tips, industry insights and more with our short videos.



3D Printing Processes and capabilities

Industrial 3D printing is great for functional - rapid prototypes, complex designs, reducing multipart assemblies, and end-use applications. Our rigorous quality control measures and commercial-grade equipment create highly precise parts every single time.


Why use Stereolithography?

Stereolithography (SL) works by using an ultraviolet (UV) laser that draws on the surface of paper-thin layers of thermoset liquid resin, creating solid layers. 


Which Technology for Your Plastic Part?

Here at Protolabs we offer a variety of cutting-edge technologies to produce precision-engineered parts from a range of plastics, designed to suit your needs. 


Differences in Major Material Types

Creating parts using 3D printing is easier than ever before, and prototyping and making design changes is fast, affordable and intuitive. 


Multi Jet Fusion: What is This Used For?

For fast, quality results, MultiJet Fusion (MJF) is unparalleled as a 3D printing process, and it's able to produce functional nylon prototypes and end-use production parts in a single day.


Why is 3D Printing For Me?

3D Printing is creating a whole new world of manufacturing, with the ability to create complex designs with quality and precision and deliver faster, more affordable results. 


PolyJet: What is it used for?

Ideal for medical devices and components, PolyJet 3D printing is able to create multi-material prototypes combining both rigid and elastomeric materials. 


Polypropylene - PP Natural: What is it used for? 

One of the most commonly used plastics worldwide can now be 3D printed in SLS. High durability whilst both tough and flexible. Useful for both functioning prototypes and end use products.

3D Printing - Protolabs Platform Help Guides

Protolabs’ digital quoting platform is an exciting customer experience. It’s a completely new digital manufacturing platform that brings much more in functionality and reduces significantly the time it takes to get your products to market.



3D Printing Blog Posts

In-depth features, and industry news.


3D Printing Material Selector

Our pocket-sized Material Selector is a quick reference guide to help you identify the right thermoplastic-like and metal materials for your next 3D printing project. It lists specific measurements like resolution, tensile strength and hardness to ensure you have the most suitable material and additive manufacturing process for your part’s application.

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