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Millennials More Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

A more optimistic outlook among millennials about the future of manufacturing could bode well for an industry that is contending with an ongoing skills shortage.
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Metal 3D Printing Requires New Thought Process

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Proto Labs
As product development speeds up, 3D printing is changing the design rules for metal parts.
Tagged: DMLS, metal 3D printing, additive manufacturing, design
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Tech Tips

5 Common Rapid CNC Machining Questions

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Tony Holtz
These are a few of the most common questions we receive about our rapid CNC machining service.
Tagged: CNC machining, design, engineering, rapid manufacturing
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Industry Spotlight

Lidar Technology Drives Next Generation of Autonomous Cars

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Angelo Gentile
Lidar, a laser-based sensing technology, enables autonomous cars to sense nearby objects.
Tagged: autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, trends
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Cool Idea! Award

IoT-Enabled Water Management System Wins Manufacturing Grant

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Proto Labs
The developers of AgPulse, a water-management system that optimizes watering and irrigation for farms, have won the latest Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award.
Tagged: internet of things, manufacturing grant
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