Blogs

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.