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Fillets on machined parts

Fillets and Chamfers: Getting Edgy with Machining

Posted On May 16, 2022 By Protolabs
A newly machined metal part can end up with edges that are sharper than desired for the end user unless the design smooths or breaks those sharp edges. To create an edge break, the design should incorporate sloped or beveled edges and corners known as chamfers—or rounded ones called fillets.
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Designs We Love: CNC Machining

Posted On February 11, 2022 By Dan Robinson
We can tell instantly when someone has been thinking carefully about machining in their designs. When we see that process understanding, we know we can produce that part quickly and efficiently, which works out great for both us and our customer.
BattleBot DUCK! Prepares for New Season

PODCAST: BattleBot DUCK! Prepares for New Season

Posted On December 14, 2021 By Protolabs
Perennial fan-favorite, DUCK!, is ready to take on foes large and small, this winter on The Discovery Channel’s popular program, BattleBots. Powered by Protolabs, the wily veteran of several seasons has some great new features in version 3.0.
How to Improve Surface Finish on Machined Parts

How to Improve Surface Finish on Machined Parts

Posted On October 6, 2021 By Protolabs
Machined surface finishes are typically adequate for most parts, but sometimes the standard finish needs to be modified for aesthetic or functional purposes.
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Hard Metals vs. Soft Metals for CNC Machining

Posted On June 16, 2021 By Amanda Tierney
Consider these factors before choosing between a hard or soft metal for machining.
Digital Manufacturing Supports National Labs’ Needs

Digital Manufacturing Supports National Labs' Needs

Posted On October 28, 2020 By Ryan Peterson
Digital manufacturing methods fit National Labs' low-volume, multi-iteration, on-demand needs.
Automation Ensures Machining Reliability

Automation Ensures Machining Reliability

Posted On October 26, 2020 By Amanda Tierney
Using a digital manufacturer with tech-enabled automation ensures machining reliability.
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Advancements in Additive Tech Build Popularity within the Industry

Posted On October 9, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Explore recent innovations in additive manufacturing, including new materials, technologies, and the world’s tallest 3D printed structure.
Titanium part for Helix’s folding bike frame

Lightweight Yet Durable Titanium Great Option for Aerospace Parts

Posted On September 21, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Titanium Grade 5 6Al-4V’s strength and temperature, corrosion resistance make it an ideal material choice for aerospace and defense applications.
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How a Digital Approach to CNC Machining Enables Speed

Posted On July 14, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Speed to market is key in product design. Here we break down how digital manufacturing achieves this with tips on sourcing the right digital supplier.