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A person inspecting a high-precision aluminum mold in a workshop
Tech Tips
January 17, 2024

What is Short Run Injection Molding? Benefits and Use Cases

Understand what benefits short run injection molding can provide to product teams, such as reducing time to market and development costs.
By Lucas Tofteland
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Array of 3D printed parts with intricate details on a blue lit background.
Tech Tips
January 12, 2024

FDM vs. SLA: Comparing Filament and Resin 3D Printers

See how these two 3D printing technologies stack up for prototype parts. Understanding the advantages of each will help accelerate design.
By Chloe Vollaro
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Tennis racket with blue background
3D Printing
December 14, 2023

A 3D-Printed Tennis Racket Merges Art with Athletics

Partnership between Protolabs and All Design Lab brings metal 3D-printed tennis racket to life
By Protolabs
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Blue block of nylon
Materials Science
November 30, 2023

Perusing Polyamides: Comparing the Many Types of Nylon

There are many varieties of strong, durable nylon. Find out the right one for your application.
By Protolabs
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Plastic Injection mold part
MFG 360
November 28, 2023

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Molding

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of injection molding and how to help minimize molding costs.
By Protolabs
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Stacked translucent acrylic blocks with labels, set against a blurred background.
Materials Science
November 16, 2023

Polypropylene or Polyethylene? Evaluating Two Popular Polymers

Both plastics are among the most used materials, but key differentiators dictate their application.
By Protolabs
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Stacked translucent acrylic blocks with labels, set against a blurred background.
3D Printing
November 1, 2023

Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate: Comparing the Transparent Plastics

Two popular plastic materials used across industries for its transparency, but key differences exist based on your application.
By Protolabs
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Woman in blue working with machinery, illuminated by a warm orange light.
3D Printing
October 25, 2023

When to Outsource 3D Printing Production

Desktop 3D printers are an attractive option for some companies—but how well will they work for you?
By Protolabs
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Microfine material
3D Printing
October 12, 2023

Recent 3D Printing Trends in the Medical Industry

What does the future hold for 3D printing within the medical industry?
By Protolabs
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A person wearing safety glasses and gloves, working at a lit workstation with tools and materials, in a workshop setting.
3D Printing
October 11, 2023

Comparing Cost between Injection Molding and 3D Printing

Learn about the cost drivers for both services as parts move from prototyping to production.
By Protolabs
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DMLS process
3D Printing
September 13, 2023

DMLS: Building Dense Parts with Metal 3D Printing

Part density is always a concern for designers when choosing a material and manufacturing process.
By Protolabs
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The advantages of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
MFG 360
September 12, 2023

Advantages and Disadvantages of Selective Laser Sintering

Here we take a brief look at selective laser sintering advantages and disadvantages to see if it could be the right choice for you.
By Protolabs
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