The Digital Thread

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

New Products Highlight Advances in Robotics, Drone Technology

Innovative new robotics and drone products include a wearable exoskeleton, a robot museum guide, and a self-riding motorcycle.
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What Keeps a Buyer Up at Night

Posted On October 11, 2018 By Todd Bauman
Managing supply chain risks is challenging, but using low-volume, on-demand manufacturing can help meet those challenges and reduce risks.
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Emerging Trends Drive Auto Industry to Shift Gears

Posted On September 26, 2018 By Protolabs
While vehicle sales continue to grow, auto industry is navigating a rapidly changing landscape in order to ensure a bright future.
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Molding Quality Parts with Automated Design Analysis

Posted On September 17, 2018 By Protolabs
Get tips on how to leverage design for manufacturability feedback to improve injection molding designs.
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High-Tech Football Helmets Tackle Player Safety Head On

Posted On September 12, 2018 By Protolabs
Protolabs helps VICIS bring new high-tech football helmets to market now used by NFL, college, and high school players
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3D-printed Sneakers May Signal Supply Chain Industrial Revolution

Posted On September 11, 2018 By Nicole Hopper
The manufacturing process behind Adidas’ new running shoes demonstrates how consumer product companies can create individualized products on demand.
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Game of Drones: Competition Intensifies as Drone Usage Takes Off

Posted On September 4, 2018 By Brandon Marcus
Competition among drone manufacturers is intensifying as commercial use of drones in various industries continues to soar.
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Going to IMTS? Look for Sessions on HP’s MJF, On-Demand Production, DMLS

Posted On September 4, 2018 By Protolabs
If you are attending IMTS 2018, look for Protolabs’ sessions on HP’s MJF, on-demand manufacturing, and DMLS; plus, visit Protolabs’ booths.
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Navy Veteran Turned ICU Nurse Redesigns the Stethoscope

Posted On August 28, 2018 By Matt Ahart
Navy veteran re-engineers the 160-year-old stethoscope design to make it more functional, comfortable, and ergonomic.
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How Metal 3D Printing can be a Game Changer for Med Device Development

Posted On August 20, 2018 By Annie Cashman
Medical device companies are increasingly turning to industrial-grade metal 3D printing for prototyping and end-use production parts
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Innovative Outdoor Gear for the Tech-friendly Camper

Posted On August 9, 2018 By Nicole Hopper
A look at the travel trailer of the digital age and gadgets to keep your devices charged, meals hot, and fire going on your next outdoor adventure.
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