The Digital Thread

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Finish Your Molded Part with Coloring and Secondary Operations

Add the finishing touches to your molded parts with custom coloring, texturing, inserts, laser engraving (pictured), inspection reports, and more.
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Medical Design Takes Center Stage at MD&M West

Posted On January 13, 2020 By Mollie O'Brien
The latest innovations in medical design and manufacturing to be showcased at MD&M West
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Four Trends to Track at CES 2020

Posted On January 3, 2020 By Lora Osborn
Look for CES 2020 to showcase latest innovations in drones, wearables, and smart home technology.
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New System Allows Feeling of Touch from Thousands of Miles Away

Posted On December 10, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
Researchers at Northwestern University bring virtual reality one step closer to reality, allowing users to virtually hold hands or high five.
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Haute Couture Meets Industrial 3D Printing: How it All Came Together

Posted On December 6, 2019 By Eric Utley
High fashion took a deep dive into 3D-printed clothes and accessories at the 2019 Met Gala
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Just in Time: Control Market Demand, Inventory, and Costs with On-Demand Manufacturing

Posted On November 14, 2019 By Protolabs
Use a just-in-time supply chain to control demand, inventory, costs with on-demand manufacturing.
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GE Additive Brews up a Solution for German Beer Maker’s Process

Posted On October 31, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
The Kaspar Schulz Brewery in Bavaria, Germany leverages 3D printing to reduce the time consuming stages in the early part of brewing by half.
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Hacksmith Crafts Real Versions of Fictional Ideas—with Hand from Digital Manufacturing

Posted On October 30, 2019 By Sarah Ekenberg
YouTuber Hacksmith takes fictional ideas from comics and video games and makes working prototypes.
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Prototyping Technologies for 3D Printing: SLA vs. FDM

Posted On October 22, 2019 By Steve Konick
See how these two 3D printing technologies stack up for prototype parts. Understanding the advantages of each will help accelerate design.
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Heavy Equipment Trends: Drones, Data, and Driverless Dump Trucks

Posted On October 16, 2019 By Angelo Gentile
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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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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