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3D printing machines
Tech Tips
22/02/2024

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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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 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

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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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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watershed sla material 3D printed
Industry Insight
12/10/2023

The Evolution of 3D Printing: From Prototype to Revolution

Although considered a relative newcomer, 3D printing has roots as far back as 1945. This blog will give a comprehensive overview of 3D printing and it's processes.
By Protolabs
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3D printed plastic prototype orientation
Tech Tips
13/07/2023

Designing 3D Printed Parts with Speed in Mind

When it comes to rapid prototyping, speed is key. Finding a supplier that can turn around your parts quickly and accurately is vital. Did you know there are things you can do when designing your part to ensure the quickest build possible?
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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Protolabs Blog
Tech Tips
22/05/2023

An Introduction to Design for Manufacture for Additive Manufacturing

We’re going to be posting a mix of our industry insights, technical tips and manufacturing advice every week – so make sure you keep an eye out for our updates.
By Protolabs
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Framing the Future: How Additive Manufacturing is impacting Film & Entertainment
Tech Tips
01/05/2023

Framing the Future: How Additive Manufacturing is impacting Film & Entertainment

The emergence of digital technology has made a profound impact on film making, and additive manufacturing is no exception to that trend. In this blog we dive a little deeper into how additive manufacturing is being put into action on the big screen.
By Protolabs
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