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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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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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3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference
MFG 360
November 4, 2021

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

Part of the confusion could lie in the history and development of the technology. Over the past several decades, 3D printing has earned a solid reputation as an essential process for prototyping parts.
By Eric Utley
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leveraging ODM for margin improvment
on-demand manufacturing
October 11, 2021

Streamlining and Winning in the Prototyping-to-Production Transition

Often, injection molding is considered the most cost-effective production option for SKUs with estimated annual usage in the low-thousands for volume. It comes down to economies of scale—you just set up once to run tens or hundreds of thousands of parts. The highest volumes often bring you the lowest per unit price tags. But, the production setting also typically carries something else with it if you’re thoughtful—cost control, and lots of it.
By Rob Young
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Luer Lock Design
Tech Tips
August 7, 2019

Navigating From Additive Manufacturing to Injection Molding

Designers can benefit from integrating 3D printing and injection molding for an end-to-end product life cycle from prototyping to production.
By Gus Breiland/Eric Utley
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injection molding production facility
Industry Spotlight
July 17, 2019

Strategic Prototyping for Human-Factors Engineering

Strategic prototyping plays a key role in the advancement of Human-Factors Engineering and medical device product development.
By Andrew DiMeo
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Tech Tips
June 3, 2019

Types of 3D Printing Technology

Learn about the various types of 3D printing technologies available for rapid prototyping and production parts and how to choose the best one for you.
By Matt Ahart
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3D Printing Living Hinges
Tech Tips
November 9, 2018

How to Design 3D-Printed Living Hinges

Considerations for designing living hinges in 3D-printed parts while maintaining part integrity.
By Tony Holtz
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