Blogs

Prioritizing Concepts through Collaboration

Published: 03/20

After you’ve created as many industrial design concepts as you can in the available time, how do you go about prioritizing concepts for future development?

Family tooling: Increasing production volume and reducing part costs

Published: 03/20

Much of the cost of injection moulding is in creating the tool – before you even begin the moulding process. So if you are designing multiple parts for the same project it could be worth considering having them share the same mould.

Overcome the engineering remote access resistance

Published: 03/20

Many organizations see the benefit of centralizing IT into a single – or limited number – of global data centers. You know this will save a lot of money, increase IT security and streamline work processes, but engineers may provide strong resistance to centralizing their complex graphical solutions.

Best practices for industrial design

Published: 03/20

How will an integrated, collaborative industrial design platform help you improve your performance as an industrial designer? By facilitating best practices for industrial design and enhancing the overall value, impact, and contribution of industrial design to the product development and ...

Ensuring business continuity during emergencies

Published: 02/20

Business continuity can be a challenge when virus breakouts, natural disasters or political upheaval lead to travel bans. While protecting the health of employees and mitigating the risk of spreading the virus are vital, businesses must continue to function and minimize disruption in productivity.

Can you manufacture your design?

Published: 02/20

The most elegant, beautiful product design ever created is of little commercial value if it cannot be manufactured at volume and sold at a profit.

Developing better products requires CAD-integrated tools

Published: 02/20

In order to build better products, you are tasked with understanding and communicating every aspect of your design as it goes from concept to manufacturing.

Simulation doesn't replace experience

Published: 01/20

It is a misconception that simulation can replace experience in making design solutions. No company should use simulation results to overrule an engineer’s experience in making a design decision. At the end of the day, engineers make design decisions. Simulation is no replacement for engineering ...

Can you replace prototyping with simulation?

Published: 01/20

No. To be perfectly clear, companies should not have any expectation that prototyping can be completely replaced with simulation. Every product should be physically tested to verify and validate the satisfaction of requirements, conformance to constraints, and performance against the engineer’s ...

Design Essentials – Design to Prototype

Published: 10/19

Air(line) worthy – ACI Ltd used Protolabs rapid injection moulding services to minimise the amount of time their aircraft are on the ground for annual maintenance.

Success through collaboration

Published: 10/19

How engineering and design professionals across industries achieve better outcomes using remote access collaboration.

Create a reliable remote access infrastructure

Published: 10/19

Organisations that heavily rely on remote access are looking to create a very reliable infrastructure to support their engineers. Down times of remote infrastructure immediately results in less engineering productivity.

Inphi leverages OpenText Exceed TurboX to consolidate data centres

Published: 09/19

As a leader in high-speed data movement, Inphi Corporation encourages its customers to think fast, equipping them with sleek semiconductor solutions that move big data around inside and between data centres. When Inphi looked to create a single data centre, it relied on enabling technology from ...

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.

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.

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.