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Hacksmith Brings Marvel’s Hulkbuster to Life with a Helping Hand from Protolabs

Posted On April 28, 2022 By Protolabs
We sat down with co-founder and COO, Ian Hillier, to chat about Hacksmith’s humble beginnings, its latest Hulkbuster project (which we were psyched to assist with for 3D-printed components), and what’s next for the creative crew.
Ribs on plastic part design illustration

How to Avoid ‘Over-Engineering’ Your Next Part Design

Posted On April 25, 2022 By Protolabs
When you hear the term “over-engineering,” you probably think about all of those overly complicated products we’ve all encountered that seem too complex relative to their intended use. The confusing shower faucet controls. The washer or dryer with a dizzying array of counter-intuitive buttons and settings. Your new car’s baffling audio setup. Well, you get the idea.
Finishing Options for Sheet Metal Parts

Benefits and Considerations for Sheet Metal Part Finishing

Posted On April 7, 2022 By Amanda Tierney
Finishing options for sheet metal vary depending on your needs. For instance, are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing part, a part that needs to withstand environmental challenges and wear, or are you testing overall functionality?
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Battery Technology Powers EVs, But Faces Cost, Materials, Innovation Challenges

Posted On March 28, 2022 By Gurvinder Singh
The innovation race is on to create next-generation battery technology as the industry seeks to develop batteries that are cheaper, faster to charge, and less vulnerable to raw material shortages.
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Preparing for the Next Black Swan Event

Posted On March 14, 2022 By Gurvinder Singh
It is not a question of if but rather when will the next black swan event hit the globalized supply chain. And it is critical that companies learn from the last couple of years and develop an agile supply chain network that delivers value, reduces risk, and is not just driven by cost.
Digging Under the Feathers of BattleBot DUCK!

Digging Under the Feathers of BattleBot DUCK!

Posted On January 4, 2022 By Steve Konick
It’s that time of year again, time for the BattleBots to go at it to see who is the fiercest in the BattleBox. For the third time, Protolabs is powering DUCK!, the 250-pound, low-riding, and somewhat adorable competitor from Team Black and Blue.
How Automation Will Power the Next Generation of CNC Machining

How Automation Will Power the Next Generation of CNC Machining

Posted On December 15, 2021 By Amanda Tierney
The speed and complexity of modern manufacturing have pushed the limits of what a traditional CNC machine can handle. Let’s walk through the critical components enabling the next generation of CNC manufacturing.
Mark Rober’s Glitter Bomb 4.0 Hits Doorsteps with a Manufacturing Hand from Protolabs

Mark Rober’s Glitter Bomb 4.0 Hits Doorsteps with a Manufacturing Hand from Protolabs

Posted On December 14, 2021 By Protolabs
The majority of the roughly 2 million packages stolen each year happen in December, as holiday shopping ramps up and the world awaits near-daily Amazon deliveries. This year we're helping Mark Rober with his latest Glitter Bomb creation.
3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

Posted On November 4, 2021 By Eric Utley
Part of the confusion could lie in the history and development of the technology. Over the past several decades, 3D printing has earned a solid reputation as an essential process for prototyping parts.
Manufacturing process verification and validation

The Verification & Validation Valley: Why Both are Critical in New Product Development

Posted On November 1, 2021 By Chris Stevens
Speed to react to a shifting economy is creating a new set of standards for product and process development. All this leads us to a new set of challenges causing a re-evaluation of strategies for design and process verification and validation.