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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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Production at protolabs
Industry Spotlight
06/12/2018

The UK’s Government’s Industrial Strategy opens with a bold claim...

Its aim, it says, is to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK.
By Bjoern Klass
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Injection moulded living hinge
Tech Tips
05/12/2018

3 Tips for tackling complex features in moulding design

Designing for plastic injection moulding is like raising teenagers—some parts (and some teens) are more challenging than others. But by following a few simple rules, even the most difficult of these challenges can be overcome (parenting aside).
By Saleem Shariff
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Japet exoskeleton
case study
28/11/2018

Innovative medical device combats lumbar pain

Japet Medical Devices is a French start-up specialising in medical robotics, created in 2016 by Antoine Noël and Damien Bratic who had both recently qualified from Centrale Lille University. The company, based in Lille’s Eurasanté park, is preparing to launch Atlas, the first functional rehabilitation exoskeleton designed to relieve lumbar pain.
By Laura Reeves
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Cablewings
case study
17/10/2018

Tired of tangled cables? Problem solved...

Vladislav Svetashkov grew tired of the constant tangling of cables marring the fun of using high quality tech products. The wild cables just didn’t quite fit with what are otherwise very stylish components.
By Laura Reeves
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Protolabs IM machine centre
Tech Tips
03/10/2018

Designing with Confidence: 8 ways to leverage low volume injection moulding

Using aluminium tooling you can bridge that production gap and make sure that your design is spot on before committing to mass production. It still pays to get the design right so here are our top tips.
By Laura Reeves
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Overmoulding and Insert Moulding—Additional Injection Moulding Functionality
Talking Technology
23/05/2018

Overmoulding and Insert Moulding—Additional Injection Moulding Functionality

Overmoulding and Insert Moulding—Additional Injection Moulding Functionality
By Stephen Dyson
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