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Onshoring Supply Chains Help Relieve Supply Pains

Posted On August 9, 2022 By Rob Young
You know about black swan events: those unpredictable forces that can lead to potentially devastating consequences. They’ve been swooping in with disturbing regularity. Past trade wars with and tariffs on China. The lingering pandemic. The stuck container ship blocking the Suez Canal. Clogged ports. Container shortages. Trucker shortages. Geopolitical uncertainty including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Surging inflation. Ongoing natural disasters and climate-change factors.
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Digital Manufacturing Helps Power Automotive Industry’s EV Revolution

Posted On May 23, 2022 By Rob Young
A game-changing innovation race with high market-share stakes is taking place in the automotive sector these days as the industry makes a quantum shift from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric vehicles.
The Current State of Supply Chains

The Current State of Supply Chains

Posted On April 18, 2022 By Bernie Henderson
A quick look at the current state of global supply chains with Protolabs' Director of Strategic Sourcing, Bernie Henderson.
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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.
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How to Combat Supply Chain Complexities

Posted On September 8, 2021 By Protolabs
Supply chains are critical to success, but are often incredibly complicated. Let’s take a look at external supply chains within the National Laboratory system and how digital manufacturing fits in.
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Protolabs and Breathe99 recognized as 2021 Top Supply Chain Project

Posted On June 16, 2021 By Protolabs
Our work with Breathe99 during the pandemic was recognized as a “Top Supply Chain Project” in 2021.
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COVID, Shipping Containers, and the Suez Canal: What Happens Next, and How to Protect Your Supply Chain

Posted On April 23, 2021 By Bernie Henderson
The recent Suez Canal ship blockage shows the need to mitigate supply chain risks.
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Checking the Boxes on Your Approved Vendor List

Posted On July 10, 2020 By Protolabs
11 reasons why Protolabs should be on your Approved Vendor List (AVL).
Industry 4.0 Makes Supply Chains More Agile

Industry 4.0 Makes Supply Chains More Agile

Posted On June 4, 2020 By Lora Osborn
The emergence of Industry 4.0 and digital manufacturing is making supply chains more agile.