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The Verification & Validation Valley: Why Both are Critical in New Product Development

Speed to react to a shifting economy is creating a new set of standards for product and process development. All this leads us to a new set of challenges causing a re-evaluation of strategies for design and process verification and validation.
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3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

Posted On November 4, 2021 By Eric Utley
Part of the confusion could lie in the history and development of the technology. Over the past several decades, 3D printing has earned a solid reputation as an essential process for prototyping parts.

Our Digital Quoting Platform Wins the LEAP Awards Gold Medal

Posted On October 15, 2021 By Protolabs
Our new digital quoting platform took home the gold in the software category of the 2021 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards.

Large Format 3D Printing for Aluminum and Inconel Parts

Posted On October 15, 2021 By Protolabs
When you’re printing really large parts in metal, it’s great to have a choice of materials. Aluminum and Inconel 718 both make a lot of sense, but which one is the best for your application?

Streamlining and Winning in the Prototyping-to-Production Transition

Posted On October 11, 2021 By Rob Young
Often, injection molding is considered the most cost-effective production option for SKUs with estimated annual usage in the low-thousands for volume. It comes down to economies of scale—you just set up once to run tens or hundreds of thousands of parts. The highest volumes often bring you the lowest per unit price tags. But, the production setting also typically carries something else with it if you’re thoughtful—cost control, and lots of it.

How to Improve Surface Finish on Machined Parts

Posted On October 6, 2021 By Protolabs
Machined surface finishes are typically adequate for most parts, but sometimes the standard finish needs to be modified for aesthetic or functional purposes.

Global Lighthouse Network Recognizes Protolabs as Leader in Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted On September 27, 2021 By Protolabs
Our injection molding facility in Plymouth, Minn. has been inducted into the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network, recognizing our industry leading efforts to implement Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.

How Data-driven Manufacturing Unlocks Speed and Transparency during Injection Molding Process

Posted On September 9, 2021 By Protolabs
Tough economic times and supply chain woes require advanced design and production techniques for injection molding. Digital manufacturing keeps you on-time with automation that helps avoid hiccups in your supply chain.

How to Combat Supply Chain Complexities

Posted On September 8, 2021 By Protolabs
Supply chains are critical to success, but are often incredibly complicated. Let’s take a look at external supply chains within the National Laboratory system and how digital manufacturing fits in.

PODCAST: Flying in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted On August 24, 2021 By Protolabs
Sometimes the coolest inventions are right at your fingertips. The Finger Flyer Hoverboard is a fun toy, but also a great teaching tool that explores aerodynamics. Find out how we helped manufacture this remote control-free quadcopter drone.

5 Ways Electric Vehicle Innovation is Being Driven by Digital Manufacturing

Posted On August 16, 2021 By Rob Young
Electric vehicles and the companies that make them are no longer hidden under a veil of secrecy, conducting business in non-descript warehouses up and down the coasts. We’re now in a full on race to develop the best tech possible, put it into EVs, and ultimately deliver them to the masses.