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Insights from MD&M West: Keynotes, Sessions and Exhibits

March 13, 2024
The medical design and manufacturing event addressed the needs of the growing medical device industry through presentations and exhibits that did not disappoint.
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Protolabs Network’s Advanced Software Integration Offers Streamlined Collaboration

March 12, 2024
The rebranded network unites internal digital factories with a global network of supply partners.
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The Past, Present and Future of Design for Additive Manufacturing

March 11, 2024
When 3D printing moved from a hobby to an industrial process, DfAM had to be codified to prevent hits to the bottom line.
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Women of Influence in the Machine Design Space

March 8, 2024
This curated collection of content celebrates the remarkable women shaping the machine design landscape.
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Stereolithography: Still Popular After all These Years

Jan. 2, 2024
This plastic 3D printing process uses a thermoset liquid, not a thermoplastic, which is UV-cured in layers to form final parts with high precision and detail.

Designing a Transformable Solution for Safe Traffic Cam Installation

Nov. 21, 2023
When APTUS DesignWorks needed a toolkit that transforms from a briefcase into a workbench for safer traffic cam installation, Protolabs helped from prototype to production.

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As a subtractive manufacturing process, machining mistakes can be avoided with design best practices.

5 Common Machining Mistakes to Avoid

Oct. 30, 2023
From adding thin walls to raised text to “non-threadable” holes, subtractive manufacturing such as CNC milling is not without its mishaps. Here are ways to avoid some of the most...
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Using Injection Molding to Design a “Smart” Wheelchair Fit for Family

Sept. 25, 2023
To robustly secure plastic housings for the wheelchair accessory, the part incorporated threaded metal inserts into molded plastic housings to improve strength.
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Before it even hits the factory floor, Industry 4.0 tools can ensure an efficient manufacturing journey.

Five Considerations for Injection Molding Design

Sept. 18, 2023
Keeping moldability top of mind during the design process not only ensures that parts perform as intended, but can help save time and cut down on production costs.
University of California, Berkeley students who are part of Space Enterprise Berkeley achieved their impressive goal of throttling and launching the first-ever bi-propellant liquid-fueled rocket powered by a collegiate rocketry team.

Eureka! Berkeley Space Team Rocket Flies High with 3D-Printed Components

Aug. 17, 2023
With 3D printing’s diverse technologies, materials and finishing options, the sky is the limit when it comes to rapid iteration, product development and part production for aerospace...

8 Tips for Designing 3D Printed Parts

Aug. 15, 2023
Understanding the basic limitations of 3D printing will allow issues to be corrected before they are submitted for an analysis and a quote.