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Custom manufacturing in  progress
Tech Tips
07/03/2024

Unleashing Creativity: The Power of Custom Manufacturing Services

Advances in the technology used in custom manufacturing 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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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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3D printing machines
Tech Tips
15/02/2024

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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3D Printed Parts
Tech Tips
08/02/2024

3D Printing Part Orientation: How it Affects Strength, Accuracy, and Surface Finish

Part orientation is an important but often overlooked design requirement of 3D printing, especially for stereolithography (SLA). Let’s examine the factors that should be considered.
By Protolabs
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3D printed leather surface finish
Tech Tips
31/01/2024

Getting to grips with structured surface textures

Traditional manufacturing methods often impose limitations on achieving intricate patterns and complex designs. However, advanced 3D printing technologies have opened up new possibilities for design engineers.
By Protolabs
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clear 3d printed parts
Tech Tips
29/01/2024

SLA vs. SLS: Comparing Plastic 3D Printing Technologies

Learn the key differences between two popular polymer 3D printing processes—stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS).
By Molly DeZurik
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Green plastic part
Tech Tips
25/01/2024

Understanding Injection Moulding Tolerances

Why is tolerancing critical in the moulding process? It ensures your parts are made accurately and function properly.
By Protolabs
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Mould Tool
Tech Tips
11/01/2024

An A-to-Z Guide for Injection Moulding Terminology

No matter your level of experience, as engineers, we often come across a term that we don't quite understand. Visit Protolabs to explore our A to Z of IM.
By Protolabs
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agriculture drones
Tech Tips
07/01/2024

Digital Manufacturing: The Growing Appetite in Food and Agriculture

It's no secret that digital manufacturing is revolutionising the agriculture industry. In this blog, we explore the five root causes of the insatiable appetite for digital manufacturing adoption in agriculture to understand how is making such an impact.
By Protolabs
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Mould A Side
Tech Tips
04/01/2024

Unveiling the Secrets: The Anatomy of a Mould Tool

Have you ever wondered what an injection mould tool consists of? Explore our comprehensive guide to learn more about the ins and outs of mould tool anatomy.
By Protolabs
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