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Protolabs casestudy | Sumatran Rhino
case study
27/12/2018

Digitising the Sumatran Rhino

With new advances in 3D imaging and printing technologies, Yxlon were able to replicate a rare species of rhino... With a bit of help from Protolabs' 3D printing service.
By Laura Reeves
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Microfine green part
Tech Tips
19/11/2018

3D Printing Micro Features with MicroFine Green

Most parts can be built in normal resolution, but for parts with fine features around 0.1mm, high resolution may be required.
By Matt Hatch
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Computing power at Protolabs
Tech Tips
31/10/2018

Rapid Prototyping: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a CAD

There's more than one way to validate and test your design. This post examines the benefits of various prototypes and when each is most appropriate.
By Stephen Dyson
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Meeting the Need for Speed
Thought leadership
12/09/2018

Meeting the Need for Speed

Protolabs puts products where they’re needed. When they’re needed.
By Damian Hennessey
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Protolabs' 3D Printed FUTURO House
Case Study
10/08/2018

The Futuro House... in Space

Protolabs send a 3D Printed replcia of Matti Suuronen's Futuro house into the stratosphere
By Laura Reeves
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New materials to lift new ideas off the ground
Talking Technology
08/08/2018

New materials to lift new ideas off the ground

The aerospace industry reduces the weight of aircraft, while keeping manufacturing costs down.
By Stephen Dyson
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Building better cars, faster, with 3D printing
Talking Technology
01/08/2018

Building better cars, faster, with 3D printing

The automotive industry is demanding the rapid production of parts to speed up product development.
By Stephen Dyson
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CNC Machining and 3D Printing – Friends or Foes
Thought leadership
25/07/2018

CNC Machining and 3D Printing – Friends or Foes?

3D printing and CNC machining - do they compete with or complement each other?
By Damian Hennessey
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Furthering the Fourth Industrial Revolution With Increased Collaboration
Industry Spotlight
18/07/2018

Furthering the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Increased Collaboration

How best to prepare for the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
By Stephen Dyson
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metal 3 D printed part
Tech Tips
11/07/2018

Metal 3D Printing Requires New Thought Process

As product development speeds up, the design rules are changing. Nowhere is this more apparent when looking at the industrial 3D printing process of direct metal laser sintering.
By Protolabs
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Hybrid technology combines 3D printing and machining
Eye on Innovation
09/05/2018

Hybrid Manufacturing Combines 3D Printing, Machining

3D printing is now combined with CNC machining in a multi-tasking tool system now offered by Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.
By Protolabs
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microfluidics parts made with 3d printing
Tech Tips
02/05/2018

3D Printing for Microfluidics Parts

The 3D printing process, stereolithography, builds parts with detailed features and smooth surfaces— making it suitable for microfluidic fabrication.
By Protolabs
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