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How to select the best manufacturing process for your Part

Torn between 3D printing, CNC machining and Injection Moulding as a manufacturing process for your product? Learn how to pick the right process at Protolabs
By Protolabs
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Tennis racket with blue background
3D Printing
29/05/2024

A 3D-Printed Tennis Racket Merges Art with Athletics

Partnership between Protolabs and All Design Lab brings metal 3D-printed tennis racket to life
By Protolabs
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Black and green injection moulded parts
Materials Science
09/05/2024

ABS vs. Polypropylene (PP): Deciding Between Two Popular Plastics

ABS and polypropylene (PP) are strong contenders for many projects, but what are the differences?
By Protolabs
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A pile of white Nylon Resin pellets
Materials Science
02/05/2024

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Glass-Filled Nylon

Making nylon parts stronger isn’t difficult. All it takes is the addition of glass to your base material. Explore the pros and cons of glass-filled nylon.
By Protolabs
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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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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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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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Tech Tips
13/12/2023

Types of 3D Printing Technology

Learn about the various types of 3D printing technologies available for rapid prototyping and production parts and how to choose the best one for you.
By Protolabs
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