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ChatGPT, Google Gemini, and the Future of Design using AI and 3D Printing

Will your next designer be a computer? Explore how AI is making inroads in CAD modeling.
By Eric Utley
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agriculture drones
Tech Tips
07/01/2024

Digital Manufacturing: The Growing Appetite in Food and Agriculture

It's no secret that digital manufacturing is revolutionising the agriculture industry. In this blog, we explore the five root causes of the insatiable appetite for digital manufacturing adoption in agriculture to understand how is making such an impact.
By Protolabs
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agriculture robots
Tech Tips
22/08/2023

Turning Over a New Leaf: Digital Manufacturing in Agriculture

In this blog, we explore ways digital manufacturing is helping the agriculture industry tackle new issues and age-old concerns that impact efficiency, sustainability, and the future of our food supply.
By Protolabs
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innovation in electric vehicles
Industry Insight
22/08/2023

Driving Towards a Sustainable Future: Exploring the Evolution, Challenges, and Potential of Electric Vehicles

This blog looks at the evolution of the electric car, the advantages and challenges and what lies ahead in the future.
By Protolabs
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Framing the Future: How Additive Manufacturing is impacting Film & Entertainment
Tech Tips
01/05/2023

Framing the Future: How Additive Manufacturing is impacting Film & Entertainment

The emergence of digital technology has made a profound impact on film making, and additive manufacturing is no exception to that trend. In this blog we dive a little deeper into how additive manufacturing is being put into action on the big screen.
By Protolabs
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Franka Emika Robot
Industry Insight
17/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Technology and Project Survey

In the final instalment of the Manufacturing Robotics Report we showcase global robotics projects and the various applications and industries robotics can serve
By Protolabs
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automated robots in manufacturing
Industry Insight
10/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Manufacturing

In the fourth chapter of the Manufacturing Robotics Report we examine the cutting-edge systems and technologies that enable the acceleration of the robotics industry. Covering industrial robotics as an innovation driver, manufacturing as a service, key manufacturing processes, and the advantages of digital manufacturing for robotics, this chapter takes you from robots that manufacture to manufacturing robots.
By Protolabs
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Robot arm holding chip
Industry Insight
03/04/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Hardware

The third instalment of the Manufacturing Robotics Report focuses on hardware, covering sensors, central processing units, control systems, motors and actuators, and more, alongside common challenges.
By Protolabs
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The first fully soft autonomous robot
Industry Insight
27/03/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Materials

The latest instalment of a five part series, this article takes a deep dive into materials covering the difference between traditional and soft robotics, a new generation of robotics materials, sustainability of robotics materials, applications for soft robotics, and more.
By Protolabs
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engineer with robot
Industry Insight
20/03/2023

Manufacturing Robotics Report: Introduction

First in the five part series, this article provides an introduction to the current state of robotics technology and provides you with an overview of what to expect from the remaining articles.
By Protolabs
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Tech Tips
13/03/2023

How to select the right production partner to get your parts into space

Selecting the right manufacturing partner is vital to ensure your project's success, but how can you be sure that you are making the right decision? We've listed three things you must consider when selecting your production partner.
By Protolabs
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3D printed rose dress for met gala
Tech Tips
13/03/2023

How Digital Manufacturing is more than Fad or Fashion

Digital manufacturing is fast; it provides excellent process transparency and design flexibility, but how exactly is that impacting the fashion industry daily? This blog takes a look at three trends built on the foundations of digital manufacturing.
By Protolabs
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