Videos

Insight: Automotive Part 2

Published: 04/22

In a series exploring how modern production technology can reduce component weight in the automotive industry, this Insight video looks at the different industrial 3D printing technologies out there that can support in this respect, including stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct ...

Insight: Automotive Part 1

Published: 04/22

In a two-part series we explore how modern product technology can reduce component weight in the automotive industry. In part 1 we take a deeper look at material selection covering the seven most common and useful plastics out there.

Insight Podcast: Family Tooling Q&A

Published: 04/22

In this episode we answer your questions on Family tooling, also known as branch tooling, with Richard Anthony, a Senior Application Engineer at Protolabs. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:?

Insight: Customisation

Published: 03/22

Production technology is moving quickly. This means that you can now customise and mass customise products more cost effectively than ever before.

Insight: Stereolithography Material Selection

Published: 03/22

A form of 3D printing, Stereolithography is an excellent choice for rapid prototyping and project designs that require the production of very accurate and finely detailed parts.

Insight Podcast: Reducing Risk with On-Demand Manufacturing

Published: 03/22

In this episode, we talk you through supply chain management and how to reduce risk through on-demand manufacturing.

Insight Podcast: Reducing Risk with On-Demand Manufacturing

Published: 03/22

In this episode, we talk you through supply chain management and how to reduce risk through on-demand manufacturing.

Insight: 3D Printing in Medicine

Published: 02/22

In today’s Insight video we look at how 3D printing is impacting medicine and the medical industry. We begin with a recap of the technology and then take a deeper look into how 3D printing can be used for implants, medical devices and custom-made products, finishing with an outlook to what the ...

Insight: Rotork case study

Published: 02/22

Today we are going to look at CNC machining and explore how it can be used to create prototypes. In this video, we explore how Rotork Gears used CNC machining to prototype a system to prevent leaks from valves into an explosive atmosphere.

Insight Podcast: Threading Considerations for CNC Machining

Published: 02/22

In this episode, we discuss threading considerations when CNC Machining a part. The topics we will be talking through today are: What is a thread? Internal threads: process and factors to consider External threads: process and factors to consider Coil inserts Modelling threads in CAD Internal and ...

Insight: On-demand Manufacturing

Published: 01/22

On-demand manufacturing can help you at different times of your product lifecycle and with mass customisation. In this video, we explore how injection moulding fits into this mix, looking at controlling your supply of products, the manufacturing technology, mass customisation and the overall ...

Insight: 3D printed rhino skull case study

Published: 01/22

Today the focus is on 3D printing. Not the tips and tricks of the trade this time, but instead we’re looking at a project that demonstrates how versatile additive manufacturing really is. In this video we look back on when we produced a 3D printed Sumatran rhinoceros skull for Yxlon – for the ...

Insight Podcast: Design Essentials for 3D Printing

Published: 01/22

?In this episode, we discuss essential design considerations when 3D printing your part. The topics we will be talking through today are:

Insight: Industry 4.0

Published: 12/21

?Despite being a term used in manufacturing parlance for a number of years, ‘industry 4.0’ is still very much a reference to the future. If you haven’t heard the term already, it stands for the integration of digital communication and online tools with real, physical hardware to help bring about ...

Insight: Supply Chain Management

Published: 12/21

Successful supply chain management can provide a number of safeguards along the product life cycle process. In this video we discuss a number of those safeguards to help prevent potential disruptions and help ensure you achieve your product delivery targets. These start from the quoting process, ...

Insight Podcast: Family Tooling and Multi-Cavity Moulds

Published: 12/21

In this episode, we talk you through some important injection moulding extras that may support your projects: family tooling and multi-cavity moulds.

How can 3D printing and certification change the oil and gas industry?

Published: 12/21

Protolabs recently hosted a unique oil and gas focused panel discussion titled Future Thinking: How 3D Printing and Certification Will Change the Oil and Gas Industry. The online panel discussion featured Shell Digital Supply Chain Manager, Angeline Goh, DNV Principal Consultant Materials Advisor, ...

Insight: IM Gates

Published: 11/21

Gates are a completely and utterly vital part to the injection moulding process as they are used to get liquid resin from the moulding press into the mould – essentially, where we do the injecting part of injection moulding. However, they do tend to leave their mark on parts, in the form of ...

Insight: IM Considerations

Published: 11/21

Injection moulding is, in many ways, one of the simpler manufacturing processes. There are no lasers and no machining – just filling up a cavity with liquid plastic. However, just because it’s easy to understand, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways for it to trip you up.

Insight Podcast: Liquid Silicone Rubber Q&A

Published: 11/21

?In this episode we answer your questions on Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) with Richard Anthony, an Application Engineer at Protolabs and our Injection Moulding Champion for Europe. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

Insight: CNC Mistakes

Published: 10/21

?Over the years Protolabs have dealt with thousands of CADs for CNC and most, after a little bit of tweaking, are great. There are, however, some common mistakes that if avoided will save time and therefore production cost. In this video we go through six common mistakes to help you get faster ...

Insight: Nylon 3D Printing

Published: 10/21

One of the great plus points of 3D printing is that you can design pretty much any shape or geometry that you want, and Nylon is a great general-purpose material to use. It’s true that you have more freedom to do what you want when you are designing your 3D printed parts, but in there are also some ...

Insight Podcast: DMLS Q&A Part 2

Published: 10/21

?In this episode we answer your questions on DMLS with Tasos Pantelis, an Application Engineer at Protolabs and our 3D Champion for Europe. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

Insight: TPU MJF

Published: 09/21

?Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is a new industrial grade 3D printing technology that has certain advantages over other additive manufacturing processes. Recently, a new material has become available for MJF 3D printing, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). In this week’s video we start with a recap on why ...

Insight: SLS Materials

Published: 09/21

There are a number of different 3D printing technologies and which one you choose depends on what you want to achieve. In this video we explore Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials and their suitability for functional parts that require greater toughness and higher impact strength. We cover a ...