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Protolabs’ Insight video series

Our Insight video series will help you master digital manufacturing.

Every Friday we’ll post a new video – each one giving you a deeper Insight into how to design better parts. We’ll cover specific topics such as choosing the right 3D printing material, optimising your design for CNC machining, surface finishes for moulded parts, and much more besides.

So join us and don’t miss out.

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Insight: Choosing A Manufacturing Source

insight video choosing a manufacturing source

This can be one of the most important decisions you make on a project, and can easily make the difference between glowing success and not-so-glowing failure. You’ll need to be certain the option you pick fits your needs exactly, whether you want someone to handle your project as a one-off or plan to develop a long-term production relationship with them.

Insight: Bridging The Gap Between Prototyping And Production

insight video bridging the gap

Speed to market is key in most businesses. When prototyping a new product, you want to ensure you make it to market before your competitor. This video looks at the concept of bridge tooling and how it can support you in your transition from prototyping to production.

Most Recent Insight Videos

Insight: DMLS Material Selection

insight video dmls material selection

This video will look at and compare materials used for metal laser sintering, focusing on stainless steel, aluminium and Inconel 718. Also defining common properties found on datasheets such as; tensile strength, tensile modulus, elongation, heat deflection and hardness.

Insight: Design Essentials for Injection Moulding

insight video injection moulding design essentials

The world of part design can be complex, over the course of our insight video series our aim has been to highlight particular techniques, considerations and benefits. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fundamentals. This video will go back to basics and look at the essentials and core elements of designing parts for injection moulding, this includes; draft, radii, wall thickness and more.

Insight: Undercut Fundamentals

insight video undercut fundamentals

This video will look at a common problem when designing parts for injection moulding, undercuts. The most common piece of advice you will get, is avoid them if you can, but sometimes you can’t. With this in mind, we will give a handful of tips that can help alleviate design issues caused by them.

Insight: Overmould Design

insight video overmould

This video will discuss overmould design and how to avoid some of the more common mistakes. Going into detail about bonding, materials and design rules.

Insight: 3D Printing Sustainability

insight video 3D printing sustainability

Sustainability itself is a weighty topic, so this video will focus on how sustainability relates to the 3D printing process, how it stacks up against other manufacturing methods.

Insight: Emerging Injection Moulding Trends

insight video injection moulding trends

This video will look at some of the key trends in the world of injection moulding and their affect over the next few years, such as; environmentally friendly additives and plastics, sustainability, light weighting and composite materials. We will also look at multi cavity and family moulds, and automation.

Insight: 3DP Materials

insight video 3DP materials

This is an insight interview style video. This week we are going to talk about selecting materials for 3D printing and what you need to consider when making your choice.

Insight: IM Design

insight video injection moulding design

This is an insight interview style video. This week’s video looks at how you can design better parts. Covering topics such as; features, weight and strength of part, materials etc.

Insight: Reducing Cost with IM

insight video injection moulding cost

This is an insight interview style video. This week’s video looks at how exactly you can reduce costs when designing your injection moulded parts. From textured surfaces and writing to undercut features.

Insight: CNC Automation

insight video cnc automation

This video will look deeper into CNC automation, but perhaps not in the way you think. We will aim to give you insights on how automation can help prove your design and optimise your part and process for cost effective, quick CNC production.