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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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Design process
Industry Spotlight
13/11/2023

How can design firms get the best from their manufacturing partnership?

As a design firm how do you choose a manufacturing partner? And how do you ensure you get the most out of that relationship? This blog post explores the answer.
By Protolabs
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CAD design
Industry Spotlight
13/11/2023

How to choose the right design firm for your needs

You need someone to help you get that part designed in CAD, prototyped, tested and out to market; where do you start? This blog looks at the answer to this.
By Protolabs
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From Blueprint to Reality: 3D Printing’s Role in Architecture

From Blueprint to Reality: 3D Printing’s Role in Architecture

The architecture industry is undergoing a game-changing transformation thanks to 3D printing. In this blog we explore how architects are embracing this technology to revolutionise how they design, construct, and experience buildings.
By Protolabs
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Franka Emika Robot
Industry Insight
17/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Technology and Project Survey

In the final instalment of the Manufacturing Robotics Report we showcase global robotics projects and the various applications and industries robotics can serve
By Protolabs
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automated robots in manufacturing
Industry Insight
10/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Manufacturing

In the fourth chapter of the Manufacturing Robotics Report we examine the cutting-edge systems and technologies that enable the acceleration of the robotics industry. Covering industrial robotics as an innovation driver, manufacturing as a service, key manufacturing processes, and the advantages of digital manufacturing for robotics, this chapter takes you from robots that manufacture to manufacturing robots.
By Protolabs
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Robot arm holding chip
Industry Insight
03/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Hardware

The third instalment of the Manufacturing Robotics Report focuses on hardware, covering sensors, central processing units, control systems, motors and actuators, and more, alongside common challenges.
By Protolabs
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The first fully soft autonomous robot
Industry Insight
27/03/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Materials

The latest instalment of a five part series, this article takes a deep dive into materials covering the difference between traditional and soft robotics, a new generation of robotics materials, sustainability of robotics materials, applications for soft robotics, and more.
By Protolabs
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engineer with robot
Industry Insight
20/03/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Introduction

First in the five part series, this article provides an introduction to the current state of robotics technology and provides you with an overview of what to expect from the remaining articles.
By Protolabs
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3D printed plastic prototypes: What’s Next?
Industry Spotlight
26/01/2023

3D printed plastic prototypes: What’s Next?

3D printing is often a great entry route to prototyping plastic parts mainly because it is a quick, flexible, and cost-effective process. But what happens once you are ready to move forward with your product development plan?
By Alex Edwards
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Protolabs Robotics Blog
Robotics
23/01/2023

The Rise of the Machines: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Trends

In recent years there has been an increase in the utilisation of robots and AI, the pandemic has only propelled this. This blog touches on some of the current robotics and AI trends.
By Protolabs
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satellite being developed by engineers
Industry Trends
16/01/2023

Manufacturing’s role in the new space race

With analysts predicting a market value of $1 trillion by 2040, the space industry is thriving. But what are the key trends that need to be on your radar?
By Protolabs
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