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Flash Dance: Tips to Avoid this Common Issue with Molded Parts

Posted On January 23, 2023 By Protolabs
Flash in never desirable in injection-molded parts. Find out how to design to avoid it.
Sample of swirling effect from a nylon material with yellow colorant.

Avoiding Flow Lines in Molded Parts

Posted On September 22, 2022 By Protolabs
For most molded parts, visible flow lines are undesirable. The good news is there are ways to avoid them, both in design and the way that the parts are manufactured.
HDPE resin pellets closeup

Translucent and Clear Plastic Injection-Molded Parts

Posted On September 7, 2022 By Protolabs
Choosing the best translucent material for your molded parts isn’t always crystal clear. There are quite a few things to think about before making your final choice of materials and design.
Clear ABS resin pellets

ABS vs. PC: Comparing Two Common Thermoplastics

Posted On August 4, 2022 By Protolabs
Choosing to use ABS, polycarbonate (PC), or combining them is a popular way to get strong machined, printed, or molded parts. There are a lot of similarities, but also some significant differences that might help you find just the right one for your parts.
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Thin Wall Injection Molding Tips and Considerations

Posted On June 8, 2022 By Protolabs
Thin walls in injection-molded parts can present a variety of issues. Dive into these considerations to ensure optimal part molding and performance.
Garçon Wines’ flat bottle design

Plastics and 3D Printing Companies Leading Shift to Sustainability

Posted On June 11, 2021 By Nicole Hopper
As consumer demand drives a shift to sustainably-sourced products, suppliers that embrace this change set themselves ahead of competitors
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Consultative Design Analysis Prepares Parts for Production

Posted On October 22, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Our new consultative design service addresses design feedback and gets your parts ready for manufacturability within our automated system.
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VALOX 357 Boasts Strong Chemical, Heat Resistance for Plastic Parts

Posted On June 24, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
The Polybutylene Terephthalate’s strong resistance, stability, and processability make it a versatile plastic useful in a variety industries.
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Fortron 1140L4 PPS Offers High Strength, Resistance for Molded Parts

Posted On April 27, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Fortron’s heat and chemical resistance, electrical properties, and rigidity make it an ideal plastic for the automotive or electronic industries.
Medical-grade materials

Medical-Grade Materials Play Vital Role in Product Development, Fight Against COVID-19

Posted On April 10, 2020 By Protolabs
Medical-grade materials play vital role in product development and fight against COVID-19