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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 new versatile and fast processing material for Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing

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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Safkan product
Case Study
18/03/2019

We love inventors – and inventions – here at Protolabs

Every year, more than 12 million people visit their physicians for impacted earwax removal. Now, this new ear-care medical device has been developed, with help from Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award, which can clean a patient’s ear in just 35 seconds, bringing a much-needed—and fast—solution.
By Matt Hatch
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Painting and finishing Protolabs

Protolabs: Secondary Services

Secondary services may be required to meet the process control, functional or cosmetic (typically branding or labelling) needs for a specific project. The necessity of these additional services are determined by that specific need.
By Matt Hatch
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Protolabs DMLS
Tech Tips
21/01/2019

Inconel 718: A superalloy with enduring relevance

Metal 3D printing has brought Inconel, the classic nickel-based heat resistant alloy, well and truly into the 21st century
By Matt Hatch
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Shortening the Development Cycle in the Aerospace Sector
Thought leadership
16/01/2019

Shortening the Development Cycle in the Aerospace Sector

Safety is the overriding concern in aerospace and space technology - countless test cycles, inspection procedures and certificates are behind every single part of the jigsaw. Although safety requirements are non-negotiable, they come at a cost – they slow down the speed of the product development cycle.
By Stephen Dyson
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