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Secondary Services in a Race to Come First

Posted On 27 February 2023 By Protolabs
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.
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Production Methods for the new frontier

Posted On 13 February 2023 By Protolabs
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.

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

Posted On 23 January 2023 By Steve Konick
Consider cost, part performance when choosing PEEK or PEI (Ultem) Plastics for CNC machining or injection moulding your parts.
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Aluminum Alloys: Go-to Materials for Automotive, Aerospace, and More

Posted On 09 January 2023 By Protolabs
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.
This plastic moulded enclosure is actually an assembly of multiple parts

Selecting a Manufacturing Method for Electronic Enclosures

Posted On 03 October 2022 By Protolabs
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.
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Protolabs adds high performance Aluminium 5083 to its rapid CNC service

Posted On 22 February 2022 By Matt Hatch
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.

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

Posted On 01 December 2021 By Steve Konick
Light weight and strength help aluminum and titanium excel for 3D-printed and machined parts.
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Save Costs With CNC Flexible Lead Time Option

Posted On 10 August 2021 By Protolabs
Our new CNC Flexible Lead Time option puts you in control of when you want your CNC parts shipped and how much you pay.
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Understanding CNC manufacturing costs

Posted On 19 May 2021 By David Ewing
Understanding CNC manufacturing costs
Protolabs’ new quoting platform by service line: CNC Machining

What's Changing by Service Line: CNC Machining

Posted On 20 October 2020 By Matthew Hatch
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.