The Digital Thread

Your blog feed for manufacturing resources, in-depth features, and industry news.

Use Color Matching to Customize Molded Parts

Using custom colorant methods can help product developers design molded parts that are Pantone color-matched to their company’s specifications
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Beyond the Straight-Pull Mold: Advanced Tooling for Complex Parts

Posted On June 20, 2019 By Protolabs
Manufacturing complex injection-molded parts often requires more advanced molding techniques like side-action cams, pickout inserts, and multi-cavity tooling.
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DUCK! Redesigned to Quack Again on New Season of BattleBots

Posted On June 17, 2019 By Protolabs
We recently chatted with Hal Rucker about DUCK!, his redesigned BattleBot.
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Using High-Performance PEEK, PEI Plastics for Machining, Molding

Posted On June 13, 2019 By Steve Konick
Consider cost, part performance when choosing PEEK or PEI (Ultem) Plastics for CNC machining or injection molding your parts.
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Using Finishing Options for Injection-Molded Parts

Posted On June 12, 2019 By Protolabs
Streamline your supply chain and injection molding needs through a single, digital manufacturing parts supplier.
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New 3D Printing Material Builds Extra-Strength Parts

Posted On June 7, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
Meta-crystal materials inspired by naturally occurring polycrystals stand up to the pressure compared to traditional metal 3D printing.
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Involv3D Accelerates Speed to Market with Quick-Turn Machining

Posted On June 4, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
The scientific initiative needed to quickly prototype custom components for product testing and iteration before moving to large-scale production.
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Shop Talk: Catching up with our Longtime Customers

Posted On May 30, 2019 By Protolabs
As we celebrate 20 years in the manufacturing industry, we reached out to some of our customers that have been with us since the very beginning.
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How Tunnel Gates Can Improve Injection-Molded Parts

Posted On May 23, 2019 By Protolabs
Using tunnel gates for injection-molded parts can often create a more cosmetically pleasing, and consistent, gate vestige on finished parts.
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Q&A: CEO Vicki Holt Sees Broader Scope for Protolabs

Posted On May 21, 2019 By Angelo Gentile
In an interview focusing on the future, CEO Vicki Holt sees a broader scope for Protolabs and robust growth for the manufacturing industry.
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Taming Demand Volatility with a Digital Supply Chain

Posted On May 17, 2019 By Protolabs
Tame the beast of demand volatility with the help of a digital manufacturing supplier that can help create efficiencies and reduce costs.
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