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Manufacturing facility
Digital Manufacturing
September 6, 2023

Architecting a Manufacturing Framework for the Future

Protolabs new digital manufacturing model provides one-stop factory and network solutions.
By Rob Bodor
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Warehouse
Supply Chain
July 27, 2023

A Mid-Year Supply Chain Check-In with Protolabs Procurement

The Protolabs global procurement team weighs in on the current state of supply chains
By Protolabs
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3D brain with purple background
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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Charging electric vehicle
Eye on Innovation
January 20, 2023

Innovation Fuels Renewable Energy’s Growth Surge

The global renewable energy market is growing. EVs, geothermal energy, and solar power lead the way.
By Protolabs
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Jairus for all
MFG x Makers
September 16, 2022

YouTube Maker Brings Assassin’s Creed Blade to Life with Digital Manufacturing

Jairus of All recreated the Hidden Blade from the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed with help from quick-turn machining at Protolabs.
By Protolabs
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sheet metal sketch
Tech Tips
July 6, 2022

Optimizing Sheet Metal Technical Data for Fast, Accurate Quotes

When it comes to getting a fabricated sheet metal part that is consistent with a complex set of technical requirements, ensuring that a supplier has all the necessary information to generate an accurate quote is the first (and most important) hurdle to cross.
By Jamie White,Scott Trecartin
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pie chart of events
MFG 360
March 14, 2022

Preparing for the Next Black Swan Event

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.
By Gurvinder Singh
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1018 vs. 4140 Steel material blocks
Materials Science
March 1, 2022

1018 vs. 4140 Steel: Choosing Between Two Great Metals

1018 and 4140 steel are two popular material choices. Here are factors to consider when choosing between the two.
By Protolabs
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Self Driving Taxis used at 2022 Winter Olympics
Eye on Innovation
January 31, 2022

Beijing Winter Olympics’ Tech Includes Robots, Broadcast Enhancements, and an Open Internet

Every two years, the Olympic Games provide a chance to show off athletic prowess. It has also become a way for countries to show off their technological advancement. The 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing are no exception.
By Protolabs
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Commercial Fleet Vehicles, Heavy Equipment Sectors Plug in to Electric Future
Industry Spotlight
January 27, 2022

Commercial Fleet Vehicles, Heavy Equipment Sectors Plug in to Electric Future

Electric power seems especially well-suited for commercial vehicles. Unlike cars, there’s less range anxiety because these vehicles are driven along fixed or planned city routes all day and then return to garages at night for charging.
By Gurvinder Singh
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Digging Under the Feathers of BattleBot DUCK!
MFG 360
January 4, 2022

Digging Under the Feathers of BattleBot DUCK!

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.
By Steve Konick
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Nylon vs Delrin
Materials Science
December 23, 2021

Nylon vs. Delrin: Strong, Durable Materials Ideal for High-Wear Applications

These hard, versatile materials are perfect for use in projects that require high resistance to wear, abrasion, and chemicals.
By Protolabs
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