Digital Manufacturing

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.

Speeding up the product development cycle in Aerospace

Published: 01/19

“Safety is the overriding concern in aerospace and space technology”, comments Stephen Dyson, Special Operations Manager at Protolabs. Countless test cycles, inspection procedures and certificates are behind every single part of the jigsaw. Although safety requirements are non-negotiable, they come ...

Innovative wrist rest made a reality with injection moulding

Published: 01/19

The ICE design team developed a wrist rest to support trike riders and needed fast delivery of a product that was strong, lightweight and cost effective. The process required precision on product diameter so that it fitted exactly onto a pre-existing clamp that affixes to the handlebar.

A guide to help you make CNC material decisions quickly

Published: 01/19

Protolabs CNC Material Selector lists specific measurements like heat deflection, tensile strength and hardness to identify the most suitable material for your part’s application, along with its suitability for milling and turning.

Inconel 718: A superalloy with enduring relevance

Published: 01/19

Metal 3D printing has brought Inconel, the classic nickel-based heat resistant alloy, well and truly into the 21st century…