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A person inspecting a high-precision aluminium mould in a workshop
Tech Tips
11/04/2024

What is Short Run Injection Moulding? Benefits and Use Cases

Understand what benefits short run injection moulding can provide to product teams, such as reducing time to market and development costs.
By Lucas Tofteland
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SLS Material part
Tech Tips
04/04/2024

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) What is the best material for my project?

We're often asked what's the best material for selective laser sintering (SLS)? Learn more about the elements which might influence your choice of material for SLS.
By Protolabs
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different colour jigs for manufacturing equipment
Tech Tips
28/03/2024

The Difference Between Jigs and Fixtures

Understand the differences between two terms often confused with one another—jigs and fixtures.
By Tony Holtz
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Sustainable mobility
Tech Tips
26/03/2024

The Route to Success: Critical Factors for Achieving Sustainable Mobility

Sustainable Mobility can be defined in many ways. Is it a concept for transforming how we transport from an ecological standpoint or Is it taking into account the accessibility of travel? In this blog, we explore key areas that play a crucial role in defining sustainable mobility.
By Protolabs
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5 axis indexed milling
Tech Tips
21/03/2024

Why Engineers Choose 5-Axis Indexed Milling for Product Innovation

Discover why engineers are selecting 5-axis indexed milling for their parts. This blog looks at the advantages of 5-axis indexed milling.
By Alex Edwards
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CNC machine
Tech Tips
21/03/2024

An A-Z Guide to CNC Machining Technology

CNC machining, where precision meets innovation. In this blog we'll explore the macroscopic number of technical terms that shape the landscape of CNC machining, and dismantle them - to gain a true understanding of their meaning.
By Protolabs
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shop floor machines
Tech Tips
14/03/2024

What is Lean Manufacturing? And What are the 5 Principles?

Lean Manufacturing (or Lean Production) has been around for years (since 1450 to be precise), but what is lean manufacturing and why is it important? Learn more
By Protolabs
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Man using injection moulding machine
Tech Tips
07/03/2024

Unleashing Creativity: The Power of Custom Fabrication Services

Advances in the technology used in custom fabrication has opened up a world of possibility for product designers and developers. Find out more at Protolabs
By Protolabs
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Aluminium material
Tech Tips
28/02/2024

How Have Aluminium Mould Tools Reshaped the Manufacturing Industry?

Traditional mould materials for injection moulding have evolved over the years. This blog looks at Aluminium mould tools and how they are reshaping the manufacturing industry.
By Protolabs
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3D printing machines
Tech Tips
22/02/2024

An A to Z Guide of 3D Printing Terminology

Whether you're new to 3D print or a seasoned engineer with years of experience under your belt, visit Protolabs to delve into our dictionary of 3D print.
By Protolabs
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CAD drawing of Parker Hannifin
Tech Tips
22/02/2024

How Does an Engineering Drawing Differ from CAD?

Regardless of which drawing method you use, it's almost impossible to perfect it first time around. This is where DFM and DFAM come in...
By Protolabs
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Luer Lock Design
Tech Tips
19/02/2024

Navigating From Additive Manufacturing to Injection Moulding

Designers can benefit from integrating 3D printing and injection moulding for an end-to-end product life cycle from prototyping to production.
By Gus Breiland/Eric Utley
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