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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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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NPE Highlights 3D Printing Innovation, Draws Record Attendance

Posted On May 10, 2018 By Protolabs
NPE, the world’s largest plastics trade show, featured 3D printing innovations, and drew record attendance to weeklong event in Orlando.
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Service Bureau or Broker? Production Supplier or In-House Shop? Selecting a Manufacturing Source

Posted On May 8, 2018 By Jeff Schipper
Learn how to evaluate various manufacturing partnerships and determine which will be most beneficial to you.
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