Digital Manufacturing

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.

Why choose CNC?

Published: 03/20

In this video we discuss why you might choose CNC machining and how this subtractive manufacturing process could save you time and money.

Design Essentials for Injection Moulding

Published: 02/20

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.

Insight: Injection Moulding Costs

Published: 02/20

Your masterclass in product design and development, each packed with useful tips to help save you time and money.

3D printing in Polypropylene

Published: 01/20

Polypropylene is the most widely used plastic in manufacturing and yet until recently if you wanted a prototype from this material your options were limited.

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.

Report warns major car brand to fail in next three years

Published: 09/19

More than half of respondents to ‘The Innovation Race’ – a Protolabs report that explores the challenges and opportunities for Europe’s car makers – expect a big name to fall victim to the unprecedented period of change currently being seen across the globe.

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 ...