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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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3D printing and customised medical implants
medical
04/09/2022

3D printing and customised medical implants

3D printing is making major inroads into customising medical implants for individuals. It allows implant manufacturers and sometimes even hospitals to create complex geometries and patient specific solutions that saves the surgeon time and improves a patient’s outcome.
By Protolabs
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 Vapour Smoothing

Vapour Smoothing

Protolabs’ new post-process ‘vapour smoothing’ – a first for European digital manufacturing – has developed additive manufacturing further. It enables parts 3D printed from the commonly used material PA-12 and the elastic TPU-01 to be 3D printed with a smooth surface finish similar to that produced by injection moulding.
By Matt Hatch
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Tensile Testing for 3D Printing Materials
MFG 360
01/12/2021

Tensile testing for 3D Printing Materials

Tensile strength testing for 3D printing materials determines how a material will behave under load.
By Rachel Hunt
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Putzbrunn Facility - Germany
3D Printing
22/11/2021

A new era for 3D printing in Europe

We are proud to officially open our new 3D printing centre of excellence in Putzbrunn near Munich. The centre is a world class facility that contains future-oriented technologies, highly skilled employees and a host of sustainable benefits.
By Matt Hatch
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Porsche's 3D-printed electric drive unit housing
automotive
18/10/2021

Automotive Industry Embraces Additive Manufacturing

The automotive industry is doubling down on its push to adapt additive manufacturing technologies
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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3D printing cad design
Tech Tips
20/10/2020

What's Changing by Service Line: 3D Printing

In this particular article we’ll take a look at the new platform for when uploading parts for 3D printing – Protolabs’ world-leading service for rapid prototypes and functional parts.
By Matthew Hatch
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3D Printing | Ultrasint™ TPU01: A new versatile and fast processing material for Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing
Tech Tips
01/06/2020

Ultrasint™ TPU01: A Versatile and Fast Processing Material for Multi Jet Fusion

We have expanded our Multi Jet Fusion Service. Ultrasint™ TPU01, a new material, with rubber-like elasticity that is tear and abrasion resistant as well as resistant to grease and oil. This material offers unlimited design possibilities and excellent part accuracy for prototypes and low-volume production parts.
By Ashlea Hoang
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Polypropylene Part
Tech Tips
07/10/2019

Polypropylene 3D printing - A new world of prototyping and product design

3D printed parts can now be made in polypropylene, opening up a world of design and testing.
By Matt Hatch
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Protolabs Trophy Winner - Optim by Ferran Sánchez Monferrer
Industry Spotlight
04/07/2019

3DPI Awards - Winning Design

We wanted to mention how proud we were to once again partner with the 3D Printing Industry to hold the trophy design competition for 2019.
By Kimmy Forshaw
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Cranial Implant
Industry Spotlight
10/04/2019

Grand Designs

Design is in our blood and one of the reasons why we are delighted to be a Medical Applications finalist in the 3D Printing Industry Awards
By Matt Hatch
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