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Smart Manufacturing: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Enabling Factories of the Future

The internet of things offers the ability to collect, monitor, and respond to data in real time.
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4 Medtech Trends Show Value of Innovation

Posted On August 14, 2017 By Proto Labs
Medtech companies will continue to rely on rapid manufacturing to help bring innovative new products and services to market.
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Comparing Multi Jet Fusion to Selective Laser Sintering

Posted On August 8, 2017 By Tony Holtz
A look at the key differences between Multi Jet Fusion and selective laser sintering and how to determine the optimal process for your application.
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5 Travel Tech Items to Take on Vacation

Posted On August 4, 2017 By Angelo Gentile
August is vacation time, so our Eye on Innovation column this month looks at five travel tech items to take along on your trip.
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Living Hinge Basics for Injection Molding

Posted On July 24, 2017 By Tony Holtz
These design guidelines will help you create durable living hinges that add functionality to your injection-molded parts and reduce manufacturing costs.
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Wearables Gain in Popularity Despite Some Bumps in the Road

Posted On July 18, 2017 By Angelo Gentile
Wearable technology grows as new markets and uses emerge, though challenges remain.
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Take a Tour of the New Proto Labs Website

Posted On July 12, 2017 By Proto Labs
Take a video tour of the new Proto Labs website and see what manufacturing resources are at your disposal.
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The Growing Impact of IoT: How the Internet of Things is Automating the World

Posted On July 10, 2017 By Proto Labs
IoT promises widespread automation and data exchange, which will change the way we work and live.
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3D-Printed Football Helmets, Other Gear May Offer Better Defense Against Injuries

Posted On July 6, 2017 By Angelo Gentile
As football season kicks off, 3D-printed helmets, other equipment may help prevent injuries.
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3D Printing for Microfluidics

Posted On June 29, 2017 By Tony Holtz
The 3D printing process, stereolithography, builds parts with detailed features and smooth surfaces— making it suitable for microfluidic fabrication.
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Improving Performance and Cosmetics in 3D-Printed Parts with Secondary Operations

Posted On June 13, 2017 By Tony Holtz
Secondary operations on 3D-printed parts can improve performance and enhance cosmetics.
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