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The Digital Thread

Your blog feed for manufacturing resources, in-depth features, and industry news.

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Supply chain resilience with JIT Manufacturing
Supply Chain
12/02/2024

How a Modified Just-in-Time Manufacturing Approach Evolved for Supply Chains

Just-in-time manufacturing was created to cure supply chain woes, but something happened…
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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Paralympic Gold Medalist Creates Custom Prosthetics for Athletes

BioDapt’s prosthetics allow adaptive athletes to continue doing what they love
By Protolabs
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3D brain with purple background for Artificial Intelligence

ChatGPT, Google Gemini, and the Future of Design using AI and 3D Printing

Will your next designer be a computer? Explore how AI is making inroads in CAD modeling.
By Eric Utley
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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

Zeroing in on which of our six 3D printing technologies you want to use is totally dependent on your project needs, part applications, material selection, and overall desired aesthetic. Two of our most popular 3D printing services, stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) offer engineering-grade options for parts.
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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3D Printing for Jewellery applications
3D Printing
25/01/2024

3D Printing for Jewellery applications

The jewellery production sector has enthusiastically embraced 3D printing. In this blog, we explore the 3D printing processes commonly used in jewellery production.
By Protolabs
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Chemical compound for ABS
Materials Science
18/01/2024

Homopolymers vs. Copolymers. Chemistry of Plastic Parts

Are you a fan of organic chemistry? Without chains of carbon-based molecules life would be rough. So here at Protolabs we’re all about paying our respects to those special groups of bonded atoms called polymers.
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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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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