The Digital Thread

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

Robot Designer Takes Latest Creation DUCK! Into ‘BattleBots’ Arena

Hal Rucker relied on quick-turn machining and sheet metal fabrication as he designed, built, and tested his latest BattleBot in just a few weeks.
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‘Mystical’ Wizarding Products Take Live Action Cosplay to Next Level

Posted On July 12, 2018 By Protolabs
A group of medical device engineers add magic to the LARP and cosplay product market with 3D printed staffs that blast flames and spout fog.
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3D-Printed Futuro House Reaches Stratosphere

Posted On June 29, 2018 By Protolabs
To celebrate Futuro’s 50th anniversary, artist Konstantin Landuris partnered with Pinakothek der Moderne and Protolabs to launch a 3D-printed Futuro replica 40km into the stratosphere.
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Digital Supply Chains Make a Procurement Manager’s Life Easier: Here’s How

Posted On June 21, 2018 By Protolabs
Companies can improve supply chain efficiencies through a shift from traditional methods to a digital approach that features technology, automation.
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Approved Molding Samples and Our Red Bag Process

Posted On June 20, 2018 By Matt Ahart
Protolabs has several molding process controls in place to ensure molded parts are consistent from run to run and meet our customers’ specifications.
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Hybrid Manufacturing Provides New Solutions for Mold and Part Production

Posted On June 12, 2018 By Nicole Hopper
New technologies combine additive and subtractive manufacturing to increase efficiency, flexibility, and intricacy.
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The Numbers Reveal Consumers Want More Options, On Demand

Posted On June 12, 2018 By Protolabs
Greater demand for mass customization is an opportunity for OEMs willing to adopt a digital manufacturing model that can support high-mix, low-volume products.
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Where Are They Now: Bose Acquires Cool Idea! Award Winner

Posted On June 6, 2018 By Protolabs
Audio giant Bose has acquired Hush, a startup that developed noise-masking earplugs and is a past Cool Idea! Award winner.
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Electrical Discharge Machining: How EDM Improves Your Mold

Posted On May 17, 2018 By Protolabs
Learn how electrical discharge machining is used to fabricate injection molding tools with sharp features that cannot be machined with CNC milling.
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Ask An Engineer: Sheet Metal Basics, Complex Molding Design

Posted On May 15, 2018 By Protolabs
This installment of our Ask an Engineer series covers the fundamentals of sheet metal fabrication and complex injection molding techniques.
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What is ITAR and its Role in Manufacturing?

Posted On May 14, 2018 By Protolabs
ITAR compliance is necessary for any manufacturer producing parts for the U.S. military or any of its thousands of subcontractors.
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