Digital Manufacturing

Design essentials – design to prototype

Published: 09/19

Supporting you through the early stages of your design process. Learn more about our Design for Manufacturability software, CAD files, application engineers, prototyping processes and selecting your material. It’s a valuable resource that can support you through the early design process.

A helping hand when choosing Your 3D printing material

Published: 09/19

Our 3DP Material Selector lists specific measurements like resolution, tensile strength and hardness to ensure you have the most suitable material and additive manufacturing process for your part’s application.

A drop of technology adds sophistication to an exceptional vodka

Published: 09/19

Protolabs and the Comate design office combined their skills to help Sergio Diovisalvi and Cédric Cornélissens finalise the closure system for the vial of XAU vodka.

A closer look at material properties

Published: 08/19

When designing plastic or metal parts, your material’s mechanical, physical, thermal, and electrical properties are often critical.

How to move between 3D printing and CNC machining for plastic parts

Published: 08/19

A Look into material selection, geometry, and surface finish when choosing the right processes for your part.

CNC machining: Speeding up development time

Published: 08/19

Want to learn how you can optimise your product development cycles with CNC machining? This white paper shares how to design for the subtractive manufacturing process, select the best material for your application, and streamline new product development.

A 'Cool Idea' That's Beyond The Moon

Published: 08/19

Exactly 50 years ago this month, all eyes were set on the moon as Neil Armstrong took that momentous small step. But these days humans dream of walking and even living on Mars.

A Front Seat on Driving Innovation

Published: 07/19

TRW Automotive’s clock spring components take advantage of injection moulding at Protolabs.

Design for Mouldability

Published: 07/19

Volume 1: A Rapid Injection Moulding Reference Guide for Product Designers and Engineers.

5 Ways to Master Complexity in Moulded Parts

Published: 07/19

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6 Ways to Optimise Part Design for CNC Machining

Published: 07/19

Consider hole depths, threading, wall thickness, and other machining capabilities to reduce production time and expense

Digital manufacturing helps medtech company revolutionise surgical stapler

Published: 06/19

An innovative surgical tool from Opus KSD closes incisions with subcutaneous, bio-absorbable fasteners.

Digital manufacturing helps medtech firm's goal to improve patient outcomes

Published: 06/19

HemoSonics used 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection moulding to quickly develop blood analysis machine.

How metal 3D printing is redefining part design

Published: 06/19

Direct metal laser sintering brings unprecedented freedom to those willing to rethink traditional part design. We all know that in today's fast paced market place, speed is the key to success. So how can you utilise rapid injection moulding to ensure your product gets to market fast?

Making the impossible possible – Copper 3D printing

Published: 05/19

Until recently if wanted copper parts, your best option to get the part designed and produced quickly was CNC machining....

Design considerations for overmoulding and insert moulding

Published: 05/19

A guide to two-material moulding and bonding options with plastics, elastomers, and metal inserts.

A Tough Part – Anodised Aluminium

Published: 05/19

If you need to protect your aluminium part from a harsh working environment or even just add a decorative finish, then anodising could well be the answer.

Six ways to simplify mould modifications

Published: 03/19

The purpose of prototyping is to either confirm that your design is ready for production or to spot problems so you can correct them. If there are problems, you’re probably going to fix them and order new parts. That may require a whole new mould or part of a new mould, or it might be done by ...

Turning to lathe for cylindrical parts

Published: 03/19

It was once a no-brainer. Round parts were turned on lathes; non-round parts were machined on mills. With the advent of CNC machining centres, which interpolate round part features with ease, the line between the two machining processes became blurred.

Automotive: reducing component weight

Published: 03/19

Increasing smog and pollution, fluctuating fuel prices, environmental concerns over fracking and offshore drilling — there are many reasons to increase fuel efficiency in both passenger and commercial vehicles. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing vehicle weight. Lighter cars mean ...

Medical and health care: accelerating speed to market

Published: 03/19

Speed to market is everything when it comes to development of medical components and devices. This white paper examines various rapid manufacturing options available to today’s medical design engineers and product developers.

How metal 3D Printing can be a game changer for medical device development

Published: 03/19

At Protolabs, we are seeing an increased adoption by our medical device partners of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), the additive manufacturing process that 3D prints industrial-grade metal parts.

5 Ways to Master Complex Features in Injection-Moulded Parts

Published: 02/19

Design more engaging and efficient parts, and reduce production costs, with these tips

3D printed cranial implant gives better quality of life

Published: 02/19

Cranial implants are highly intricate and must be manufactured to the highest standards. Once such patient in Argentina, who needed a particularly large implant after cerebrovascular surgery, required an implant to be the best fit possible, with good tolerance of the implant by the body and ...

Protolabs: Secondary Services

Published: 02/19

Secondary services may be required to meet the process control, functional or cosmetic (typically branding or labelling) needs for a specific project. The necessity of these additional services are determined by that specific need.