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

Posted On November 4, 2021 By Eric Utley
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.

Streamlining and Winning in the Prototyping-to-Production Transition

Posted On October 11, 2021 By Rob Young
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.

Navigating From Additive Manufacturing to Injection Molding

Posted On August 7, 2019 By Gus Breiland/Eric Utley
Designers can benefit from integrating 3D printing and injection molding for an end-to-end product life cycle from prototyping to production.

Strategic Prototyping for Human-Factors Engineering

Posted On July 17, 2019 By Andrew DiMeo
Strategic prototyping plays a key role in the advancement of Human-Factors Engineering and medical device product development.

Types of 3D Printing Technology

Posted On June 3, 2019 By Matt Ahart
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.

How to Design 3D-Printed Living Hinges

Posted On November 9, 2018 By Tony Holtz
Considerations for designing living hinges in 3D-printed parts while maintaining part integrity.

Fail Fast, Succeed Faster

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Protolabs
The Engineerist is a three-part blog series written by Michael Corr, founder of Los Angeles-based manufacturing consulting firm, DuroLabs. This is part two.

Stereolithography: Sorting Out Surface Finishes

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Tony Holtz
Four stereolithography finishing options available at Protolabs, and when to use each.

The Material Properties of Machined Plastic

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Tony Holtz
Machined prototypes can help ready your design for an eventual move to injection molding.

3D Printing Methods for Medtech Prototypes

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Jeff Schipper
Being able to quickly produce prototype parts is critical to creating an environment of innovation that can lead to medical device market success.