Design Tips

Get quick advice on creating plastic and metal parts for 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection moulding processes. Designing with manufacturability in mind can accelerate production time and reduce production costs.

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Protolabs has a library of helpful tips on injection moulding, CNC machining and additive manufacturing that address design considerations for each service. The tips cover areas like draft and sink; threaded holes and turned parts; and different 3D printing processes. Each month, we publish a new Design Tip to help you create the best possible prototypes and production parts.

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Our Insight Video Series covers a range of design tip topics in video format. Each video giving you a deeper Insight into how to design better parts.

Covering specific topics such as; supply chain, threading for milled and turned parts and tips for multipart assemblies.


Design Essentials

We've compiled our most essential manufacturing tips into three downloadable design guides on 3D printing, machining, and moulding. Each looks at improving manufacturability, reducing production costs through design, material selection, and more.