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Paralympic Gold Medalist Creates Custom Prosthetics for Athletes

BioDapt’s prosthetics allow adaptive athletes to continue doing what they love
By Protolabs
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Tech Tips
27/02/2023

Secondary Services in a Race to Come First

When working in the Space industry, post-processing options are often the difference between a good idea and a successful project. Whilst most of your focus will be on primary production methods, this blog outlines how secondary services can greatly impact your final project.
By Protolabs
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Tech Tips
13/02/2023

Production Methods for the new frontier

Driving innovation in any industry is difficult, but it’s particularly tricky in the space industry. Parts need to be reliable, withstand increasingly harsh conditions, function for extended periods without maintenance and remain lightweight yet tough enough to withstand the forces of launch and space travel. With these requirements in mind, it's important to select the right manufacturing method.
By Protolabs
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ultem for CNC machining
Materials Matchup
23/01/2023

Using High-Performance PEEK, PEI Plastics for Machining, Moulding

Consider cost, part performance when choosing PEEK or PEI (Ultem) Plastics for CNC machining or injection moulding your parts.
By Steve Konick
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CNC Milling from Aluminium 5083
CNC Aluminium 5083
22/02/2022

Protolabs adds high performance Aluminium 5083 to its rapid CNC service

As the world’s leading digital manufacturer, we have added Aluminium 5083-H111 (3.3547 or AlMg4.5Mn0.7) to our range of over 40 stocked metal and plastic materials for our fast turnaround CNC service. The material is widely used in extreme environments with its high magnesium content making it highly resistant to saltwater and industrial chemicals.
By Matt Hatch
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Materials Matchup
01/12/2021

Titanium vs Aluminium: Workhorse Metals for Machining and 3D Printing

Light weight and strength help aluminium and titanium excel for 3D-printed and machined parts.
By Steve Konick
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Haas CNC Machines
CNC machining
10/08/2021

Save Costs With CNC Flexible Lead Time Option

Our new CNC Flexible Lead Time option puts you in control of when you want your CNC parts shipped and how much you pay.
By Protolabs
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Tech Tips
19/05/2021

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs
By David Ewing
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Tech Tips
20/10/2020

What's Changing by Service Line: CNC Machining

In this particular article we’ll take a look at the new platform for when uploading parts for CNC machining – Protolabs’ world-leading service for rapid prototypes and end-use production parts.
By Matthew Hatch
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CNC machining
Tech Tips
05/05/2020

New Big Block CNC Machined Parts in a day from Protolabs

We’ve launched a big block rapid CNC machining service for aluminium 6082 parts. With a reliable shipping time as fast as 1 day from the initial CAD upload, we can now mill from blocks of up to 559mm x 356mm x 95mm.
By Matt Hatch
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Materials Science
28/01/2020

Delrin Material Properties Offer Strong, Versatile Plastic Alternative to Metal

Consider Delrin as an excellent plastic replacement for metal because of its strength, versatility.
By Protolabs
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A Tough Part – Anodised Aluminium

If you need to protect your aluminium part from a harsh working environment or even just add a decorative finish, then anodising could well be the answer.
By Matt Hatch
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