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Machining’s Growth Makes Reports of its Death an Exaggeration

While 3D printing continues to establish its place in manufacturing, tech-enabled CNC machining has confirmed itself as a permanent fixture.
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Startup Helps Researchers Take Next Step in Robotic Prosthetics Design

Posted On November 14, 2018 By Protolabs
Humotech works with scientists and engineers at universities and government research labs who are exploring next-generation assistive medical device designs.
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Mergers, Acquisitions Alter Medtech R&D Landscape

Posted On November 8, 2018 By Annie Cashman
Over the past several years, mergers and acquisitions in the medical device industry have soared. Think Medtronic and Covidien, Abbott and St. Jude, Zimmer and Biomet, just to name a few.
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Hit the Road with These Travel-Ready Innovators

Posted On November 7, 2018 By Protolabs
Innovative travel products include a lightweight car seat, laptop backpack, hand-powered espresso machine, and luggage that keeps you organized.
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How Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Combine to Accelerate Aerospace Development

Posted On October 17, 2018 By Brandon Marcus
The aerospace industry is leveraging advances in both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies to develop more complex components, faster.
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What Keeps a Buyer Up at Night

Posted On October 11, 2018 By Todd Bauman
Managing supply chain risks is challenging, but using low-volume, on-demand manufacturing can help meet those challenges and reduce risks.
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New Products Highlight Advances in Robotics, Drone Technology

Posted On October 4, 2018 By Protolabs
Innovative new robotics and drone products include a wearable exoskeleton, a robot museum guide, and a self-riding motorcycle.
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Emerging Trends Drive Auto Industry to Shift Gears

Posted On September 26, 2018 By Protolabs
While vehicle sales continue to grow, auto industry is navigating a rapidly changing landscape in order to ensure a bright future.
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Molding Quality Parts with Automated Design Analysis

Posted On September 17, 2018 By Protolabs
Get tips on how to leverage design for manufacturability feedback to improve injection molding designs.
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High-Tech Football Helmets Tackle Player Safety Head On

Posted On September 12, 2018 By Protolabs
Protolabs helps VICIS bring new high-tech football helmets to market now used by NFL, college, and high school players
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3D-printed Sneakers May Signal Supply Chain Industrial Revolution

Posted On September 11, 2018 By Nicole Hopper
The manufacturing process behind Adidas’ new running shoes demonstrates how consumer product companies can create individualized products on demand.
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