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3D Printing’s Game-Changing Tech Featured at Innovation Gallery

3D printing technology, including Protolabs’ industrial-grade processes, are featured through April at Glen Raven Concept Gallery in Burlington, NC.
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Trending: 5G Tech, Self-Sailing Boats, Electric Excavators, and More

Posted On April 17, 2019 By Angelo Gentile
5G technology, self-sailing boats, and electric excavators are just some of the many examples of how innovation drives success in a variety of industries.
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Fast Wax Streamlines Production with Rapid Injection Molding

Posted On April 15, 2019 By Matt Ahart
Fast Wax molded parts from a high-temperature thermoplastic to accelerate its production schedule from three months to 21 days.
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The Sky’s Not the Limit for Light-Powered Travel

Posted On April 9, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
New research from Caltech proves a way to send a spacecraft millions of miles from Earth, using only light for power and acceleration.
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Custom Sheet Metal Parts: Adding a Finishing Touch

Posted On March 27, 2019 By Steve Konick
Whether you want to extend the life of your part, make it aesthetically pleasing, or ensure structural integrity of your assembly, it’s all about the finishing.
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Defining Your Part Before Designing Your Part

Posted On March 14, 2019 By Protolabs
When designing injection-molded parts, consider the parts’ function first; define your part before designing your part.
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Sheet Metal Laser Cutting for Added Precision

Posted On March 13, 2019 By Steve Konick
Lasers have emerged as prime production tools, bringing precision and strength as cutting methods for various metal manufacturing processes.
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Words of Wisdom from the 2019 Cool Idea Award Judges

Posted On March 7, 2019 By Protolabs
The judges for this year's Cool Idea Award program share the best advice they've received and what resources they recommend to aspiring entrepreneurs trying to get their business off the ground.
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Laser-Sharp Hearing Not Required to Benefit from Latest MIT Breakthrough

Posted On March 7, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
New technology devised by MIT researchers uses lasers to transmit whispered messages directly into someone’s ear from across a room
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From the Moon to Mars: How Protolabs is Helping Students Advance Space Developments

Posted On March 5, 2019 By Protolabs
To further advance STEM education and assist students pursuing careers in aerospace, we're supporting the Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge by helping the top three teams bring their designs to life.
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Small Satellites, Big Market: Sky’s the Limit for CubeSats

Posted On February 20, 2019 By Brandon Marcus
The global marketplace for CubeSats—or nanosatellites—is growing dramatically as more space launch companies offer reduced-cost options
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