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engineer working on satellite design file
Tech Tips
11/01/2023

The Next Frontier: Space and Digital Manufacturing

As the Space sector continues to innovate and develop, adoption of digital manufacturing technologies to support speed, repeatability, and consistency are key to the future success of the industry. In this panel discussion, three of our in-house experts answer your questions on key materials, options for meeting critical quality standards, the future technologies of the industry, and more.
By Protolabs
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direct metal laser sintered metal braket for automotive use
Tech Tips
09/01/2023

Aluminium Alloys: Go-to Materials for Automotive, Aerospace, and More

Aluminium is a common and popular metal that’s found everywhere and used in a stunningly wide range of parts and products: automotive parts, aerospace components, boat and marine gear, consumer electronics including smart phones, industrial machinery parts, HVAC systems, the list goes on. In this blog we look at why aluminium is so commonly used, why there are so many aluminium alloys, and take a brief glimpse at the main alloys we use at Protolabs.
By Protolabs
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This plastic moulded enclosure is actually an assembly of multiple parts
Tech Tips
03/10/2022

Selecting a Manufacturing Method for Electronic Enclosures

Despite their widely varying applications, many electronic devices have at least one thing in common—the circuit boards and other components that make them work are all in an enclosure.
By Protolabs
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The advantages of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Tech Tips
14/09/2022

Selective Laser Sintering – Its advantages and disadvantages.

Here we take a brief look at selective laser sintering advantages and disadvantages to see if it could be the right choice for you.
By Protolabs
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Moving 3D Printing into Mainstream Manufacturing
Tech Tips
14/09/2022

Moving 3D Printing into Mainstream Manufacturing

In this blog we explore how additive manufacturing is moving beyond prototyping into mainstream manufacturing and how it is solving issues in many industries that other production processes cannot.
By Protolabs
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Stereolithography
Tech Tips
10/08/2022

Stereolithography advantages and disadvantages

Stereolithography advantages and disadvantages
By Anastasios Pantelis
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Rapid Prototyping for every stage of product development
Tech Tips
10/08/2022

Rapid Prototyping for every stage of product development

Rapid Prototyping for every stage of product development
By Protolabs
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pad printing ,part marking
Tech Tips
03/08/2021

Part Marking using Pad Printing and Laser Engraving

A common finishing option for companies is to mark parts using pad printing or laser engraving.
By Protolabs
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Threaded Inserts with Heat Staking and Ultrasonic Welding
Tech Tips
03/08/2021

Threaded Inserts with Heat Staking and Ultrasonic Welding

Get threaded inserts on injection-moulded parts for added durability and to connect multiple components together.
By Protolabs
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Vapour Smoothed Part
Tech Tips
07/07/2021

How vapour smoothing takes the surface quality of 3D printed parts to the next level

How vapour smoothing takes the surface quality of 3D printed parts to the next level
By Matt Hatch
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CNC machining
Tech Tips
19/05/2021

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs
By David Ewing
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img from protolabs ecom platform
Tech Tips
02/11/2020

How to: Quoting, Design Analysis, and Part Ordering

We're here, right now, because we’ve revolutionised manufacturing once again with our all-new digital experience engineered with you—our customer—in mind. From quoting to production to quality control, we’ve rebuilt our entire manufacturing system around speed to help transform ideas to products and optimize manufacturing throughout the product life cycle, prototyping to on-demand production.
By Matthew Hatch
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