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Digital Manufacturing
May 3, 2023

ChatGPT, Google Bard, and the Future of Design using AI and 3D Printing

Will your next designer be a computer? Explore how AI is making inroads in CAD modeling.
By Eric Utley
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Wrapped Gifts
Eye on Innovation
December 5, 2022

Forget the Partridge in a Pear Tree: 12 Holiday Gifts for Engineers

Check out these great gifts to give to your favorite engineer for the holidays!
By Protolabs
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Manufacturing process
3D Printing
November 28, 2022

Leveraging EDM to Rapidly Scale Metal Additive Manufacturing

New EDM technology rapidly removes printed parts from build plates, reducing cost and lead time.
By Protolabs
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An engineer checks settings on his CNC mill prior to machining a part.
Digital Manufacturing
November 7, 2022

What is NPI Manufacturing? New Product Introduction Explained.

Properly conceived new product introductions can mean the difference between success or failure.
By Gurvinder Singh
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3D print cad design
3D Printing
November 1, 2022

5 Ways 3D Printing Enriches Product Design

3D printing offers a wealth of opportunities to iterate rapid prototypes for testing and more.
By Eric Utley
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Man writing on clear surface
Digital Manufacturing
September 27, 2022

Accelerating Hardware Prototyping for Startups and Small Companies

Doing the right things in the prototyping phase is a bit more complex than it looks at first glance. Hardware requires special rules to get the results you need.
By Protolabs
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Metal part
Tech Tips
September 13, 2022

Designing Sheet Metal Notches, Tabs, and Slots

Notches and tabs are two sheet metal design strategies that can help you in more ways than you might initially think. Designing them properly is key.
By Protolabs
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Fillets on machined parts
Tech Tips
May 16, 2022

Fillets vs. Chamfers: How to Handle Edges and Corners in CNC Machining Design

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.
By Protolabs
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Ribs on plastic part design illustration
MFG 360
April 25, 2022

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

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.
By Protolabs
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Finishing Options for Sheet Metal Parts
MFG 360
April 7, 2022

Benefits and Considerations for Sheet Metal Part Finishing

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?
By Amanda Tierney
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parts finishing department for 3d printing
Tech Tips
February 19, 2022

How to Improve 3D Printing Surface Finish Quality

It’s no secret that 3D printing processes don’t produce injection molding-quality surface finishes right off the printer, but there is good news. Technologies exist to help, and there are new developments all the time.
By Rachel Hunt
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Chamfers and Radii on Sheet Metal Parts
Tech Tips
January 13, 2022

Cutting Corners on Sheet Metal Parts: Chamfers & Radii

Cutting corners isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to sheet metal parts. Design elements that round or bevel corners, such as chamfers and radii, not only add aesthetic value, but also provide improved safety for end users.
By Protolabs
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