The Digital Thread

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Metal 3D Printing and Machining Produce High-Efficiency Rocket Designed by Stanford Students

Aerospace engineering students at Stanford use digital manufacturing to design new iteration of a highly efficient liquid propellant rocket capable of reaching an altitude of 30,000 feet.
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SLA vs. FDM: Comparing Two Popular 3D Printing Methods

Posted On October 22, 2019 By Steve Konick
SLA and FDM are well-established 3D printing techniques, each with its own advantages and drawbacks.
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Heavy Equipment Trends: Drones, Data, and Driverless Dump Trucks

Posted On October 16, 2019 By Protolabs
The heavy equipment industry, and the construction sector it serves, are seeing greater use of drones, data, and driverless dump trucks.
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Finish Your Molded Part with Coloring and Secondary Operations

Posted On October 14, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
Add the finishing touches to your molded parts with custom coloring, texturing, inserts, laser engraving (pictured), inspection reports, and more.
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Proof-of-Concept Study Shows Exoskeleton for Tetraplegia Feasible

Posted On October 9, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
Results of a two-year trial show a patient paralyzed in all four limbs able to walk with the assistance of a brain-controlled exoskeleton.
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Titanium vs Aluminum: Workhorse Metals for Machining and 3D Printing

Posted On October 4, 2019 By Steve Konick
Light weight and strength help aluminum and titanium excel for 3D-printed and machined parts.
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There's No Crying in Medical Manufacturing!

Posted On September 30, 2019 By Annie Cashman
Medical manufacturing innovation is being aided by Protolabs and its ever-expanding services.
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Create Jigs and Fixtures with CNC Machining and 3D Printing

Posted On September 26, 2019 By Protolabs
Jigs and fixtures are key production tools and can be created using CNC machining or 3D printing.
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Aerie Designs Creates Drone Control Solution with Injection Molding

Posted On September 25, 2019 By Protolabs
Using insert molding, mold texturing, and laser engraving, Aerie Design has created a drone controller attachment to boost comfort and precision.
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The Carbon Platform: Enabling Digital Manufacturing at Any Scale

Posted On September 24, 2019 By Steve Wishau
Adding to Protolabs’ available technologies for rapid prototyping and on-demand production, Carbon’s suite of software, hardware, and materials provides another production method for end-use parts.
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How to Clone BattleBots Trophy with CNC Machining

Posted On September 23, 2019 By Steve Konick
For the first time, BattleBots granted a company permission to replicate its coveted Giant Nut trophy. The original is awarded to the team that wins the annual competition, which features fierce, fighting robots, and airs on the Discovery Channel.
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