Digital Manufacturing

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Injection Moulded Parts

Published: 08/20

Designing injection-moulded parts may seem simple at first—liquid plastic resin is compressed into an empty cavity. Simple, right? In truth, there are lots of ways your designs can get tripped up, and many issues may emerge from parts that fail to design with manufacturability in mind.

Manufacturing Tool Kit for the Medical Industry

Published: 07/20

Eight ways to improve development of medical products and devices through design analysis, iterative prototyping, material considerations, and more

Industrial 3D Printing for Production Parts

Published: 06/20

Focus on process, materials, part geometry when designing for additive manufacturing

Insight: Measure Up For Success – Detailed Measurement And Inspection Reporting

Published: 05/20

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

3D Printing Functional Parts with Selective Laser Sintering

Published: 05/20

SLS builds precise plastic parts for prototyping and low-volume production

The Single Modeling Environment—A New Paradigm for Conceptual Design

Published: 04/20

The single modeling environment for conceptual design establishes a new, instinctive paradigm for how design engineers create new mechanical design concepts and work with conceptual geometries. By stripping out all unrelated tasks and distractions, streamlining user interaction with conceptual ...

Empowering Conceptual Design via the Single Modeling Environment

Published: 04/20

Developing innovative design concepts is critically important to the success of product development organizations, large and small, because these ideas lay the foundation for future business success. Using conventional CAD software for conceptual design presents challenges because traditional ...

How Metal 3D Printing is Redefining Part Design

Published: 04/20

Direct metal laser sintering brings unprecedented freedom to those willing to rethink traditional part design.

How 3D Printing Materials Measure Up

Published: 04/20

Comparing injection-moulded thermoplastics to ‘thermoplastic-like’ materials in stereolithography.

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual designer single modeling Environment Drives innovation in Conceptual Design

Published: 04/20

Innovation in design solutions mirrors innovation in product development. The design engineer’s toolset has dramatically evolved over the past few decades—from manual drafting to computeraided design techniques and from 2D CAD tools to 3D parametric systems. SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer ...

Remote Access to Engineering Systems during Shelter-in-Place

Published: 04/20

While companies try to adopt to “shelter-in-place” measures and minimise the inevitable disruptions, many industries rely heavily on graphics-intensive applications that reside on office workstations or servers that are not sufficiently accessible from home offices.

Power productivity of remote workers

Published: 04/20

Business continuity requires users to remain productive. But can engineers do their jobs at peak performance when the software applications they use are slowed down by poor connections?

Knowledge workers may be 20% less productive due to unresponsive programs

Published: 04/20

Today's engineering teams often include members who are dispersed around the world, using powerful software to design products and analyse data while working from home, customer sites or hoteling stations.

SOLIDWORKS CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER—Innovative Single Modeling Environment for Conceptual Design

Published: 04/20

With the release of SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer, Dassault Systèmes has introduced the first, true single modeling environment for conceptual design. Unlike any other design software—in terms of architecture, appearance, and functionality— SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer brings the 3DEXPERIEENCE® ...

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.