The Digital Thread

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

Use Color Matching to Customize Molded Parts

Using custom colorant methods can help product developers design molded parts that are Pantone color-matched to their company’s specifications
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Technology to Help You Make the Most of Your Summer

Posted On July 18, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
A second generation cycling computer, adventure-ready GPS, giant outdoor TV, and portable A/C unit make our list of most innovative summer products.
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Strategic Prototyping for Human-Factors Engineering

Posted On July 17, 2019 By Andrew DiMeo
Strategic prototyping plays a key role in the advancement of Human-Factors Engineering and medical device product development.
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MIT, Protolabs, Others Collaborate to Advance Additive Manufacturing

Posted On July 15, 2019 By Sarah Goehrke
Protolabs, MIT, and other industry leaders are forming essential partnerships to advance competencies in designing for additive manufacturing.
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Gravity Laboratories Designs Lens Control System with 3D Printing and Machining

Posted On July 9, 2019 By Protolabs
As aerospace industry veterans, the founders of Gravity Laboratories are applying technical expertise in controls systems, mechanisms, and electronics to solve challenges in the production and film industry.
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Keeping You Safe in the ‘Pool’ of Manufacturing

Posted On July 1, 2019 By Annie Cashman
Working directly with a manufacturer rather than using a decentralized production approach helps you mitigate your supply chain risk.
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Beyond the Straight-Pull Mold: Advanced Tooling for Complex Parts

Posted On June 20, 2019 By Protolabs
Manufacturing complex injection-molded parts often requires more advanced molding techniques like side-action cams, pickout inserts, and multi-cavity tooling.
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DUCK! Redesigned to Quack Again on New Season of BattleBots

Posted On June 17, 2019 By Protolabs
We recently chatted with Hal Rucker about DUCK!, his redesigned BattleBot.
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Using High-Performance PEEK, PEI Plastics for Machining, Molding

Posted On June 13, 2019 By Steve Konick
Consider cost, part performance when choosing PEEK or PEI (Ultem) Plastics for CNC machining or injection molding your parts.
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Using Finishing Options for Injection-Molded Parts

Posted On June 12, 2019 By Protolabs
Streamline your supply chain and injection molding needs through a single, digital manufacturing parts supplier.
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New 3D Printing Material Builds Extra-Strength Parts

Posted On June 7, 2019 By Nicole Hopper
Meta-crystal materials inspired by naturally occurring polycrystals stand up to the pressure compared to traditional metal 3D printing.
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