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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
27/06/2023

CNC Machining for Slide Bearings

Slide bearings are a critical component in many engineering applications, they provide a smooth, low-friction surface that allows parts to move back and forth multiple times, with a long service life. This blog covers materials to consider for slide bearings.
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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direct metal laser sintered metal braket for automotive use
Tech Tips
09/01/2023

Aluminium Alloys: Go-to Materials for Automotive, Aerospace, and More

Aluminium is a common and popular metal that’s found everywhere and used in a stunningly wide range of parts and products: automotive parts, aerospace components, boat and marine gear, consumer electronics including smart phones, industrial machinery parts, HVAC systems, the list goes on. In this blog we look at why aluminium is so commonly used, why there are so many aluminium alloys, and take a brief glimpse at the main alloys we use at Protolabs.
By Protolabs
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This plastic moulded enclosure is actually an assembly of multiple parts
Tech Tips
03/10/2022

Selecting a Manufacturing Method for Electronic Enclosures

Despite their widely varying applications, many electronic devices have at least one thing in common—the circuit boards and other components that make them work are all in an enclosure.
By Protolabs
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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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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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CNC machining
Tech Tips
19/05/2021

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs

Understanding CNC manufacturing costs
By David Ewing
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CNC machining quoting platform
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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