Whitepapers

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing 3D Printed Parts

Published: 01/21

Designers and engineers are increasingly turning to industrial-grade 3D printing (additive manufacturing) for high-quality prototypes and end-use production parts. And 3D printing options abound. At Protolabs, we offer five additive methods: direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), stereolithography ...

CPD accredited training programme: The Fundamentals Of Digital Manufacturing

Published: 12/20

Continuing Professional Development is important to you, which is why it’s important to us! To support your development, we have created a CPD accredited training programme covering the Fundamentals of Digital Manufacturing. Start your journey now!

How to reduce CNC machining costs

Published: 11/20

CNC machining keeps improving and advancing every year, and, therefore, gets a bit more complex each year. As a result, it can be challenging to keep pace with the dos and don'ts of part design. But lowering the cost of machined parts while improving functionality can still be achieved by a few ...

Finite Element Modeling/Analysis

Published: 11/20

Finite element modeling is a tool engineers use in designing products across every industry. An engineer will create a 3-D rendering of an assembly with the finite element software and define each material of interest. In order to run simulations to predict performance, the 3-D model defines the ...

Bonding to Different Metal Substrates

Published: 11/20

Designing with metal For manufacturers, metals are cost-effective, perform well across a wide range of temperatures, show fairly good weather resistance and have excellent strength. End consumers trust metals: they’re solid and sturdy, they’re cool to the touch and cool to the eye. Metals can ...

Bonding multi-material (dissimilar) assemblies with tapes and adhesive

Published: 11/20

Recent trends and advancements in the manufacturing and cost reduction of composite materials has seen an increase in their usage in transportation, industrial and many other markets, as well as their continued use in the aerospace field. Driven by increased government regulations on vehicle ...

Topology optimization: how does it benefit designers?

Published: 10/20

In an increasingly global market, competitive pressures create demands on manufacturing organizations for increased innovation, automation, and throughput across every department, but especially product development.

Design through analysis: simulation-driven product development pays business dividends in transition to smart manufacturing

Published: 10/20

Manufacturing companies in today’s competitive global business climate face a seemingly insurmountable dichotomy: the need to develop, produce, and launch more innovative products of increasing complexity in less time and at lower cost while maintaining consistently high levels of quality.

Design through analysis: improving product design and automating manufacturability with topology optimization

Published: 10/20

Opening paragraph (a summary of the main body of the content in no more than two sentences) The availability of new manufacturing technologies—combined with demands for greater product development automation, innovation, and throughput—creates both challenges and opportunities for today’s product ...

Thermoplastic vs. Thermoset

Published: 10/20

Two broad categories of plastic materials exist: thermoplastics and thermosets, which are differentiated based on their behaviours in the presence of heat. This design tip offers a few considerations to keep in mind when using these materials.

How to Design for Nylon 3D Printing

Published: 09/20

In industrial-grade 3D printing, part design lends itself to more freedom and the ability to produce complex geometries compared to part design using more traditional manufacturing processes. However, for 3D-printed nylon parts, there are five key considerations you should keep in mind to ensure ...

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

Maximizing conceptual design effectiveness with Solidworks Conceptual Designer

Published: 05/20

?New concept creation represents the lifeblood of product development, powering an organization’s innovation engine and driving the development of successful products.

Consolidating your engineering environment with remote access

Published: 03/20

The idea of desktop virtualisation is not new, but it may be gaining new traction. The concept is straightforward. A desktop environment runs on a server in one location, and a user accesses that environment from another location. The hardware that runs applications is different than the hardware ...

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.

Simulation and you: Getting to the truth of analysis

Published: 01/20

Simulation has come a long way since its inception. For decades, analysis was the exclusive domain of expert analysts. Fast forward to today, and many things have changed with simulation.

Is remote access to UNIX, Linux and Windows hindering your team collaboration?

Published: 10/19

Many engineers use high-quality graphics software to design products or analyse data. Inaccurate renderings will create defective products. Exceed TurboX offers unrivalled pixel-perfect drawing and precise colour rendering, which increases productivity and quality of work.

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.

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.

Design for Mouldability

Published: 07/19

Volume 1: A Rapid Injection Moulding Reference Guide for Product Designers and Engineers.

Difficulties with design software remote access?

Published: 06/19

Engineers need to have access to their 2D or 3D design software from anywhere, from the office, from home, from production sites and from customer sites around the globe.

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.

Automotive: reducing component weight

Published: 03/19

Increasing smog and pollution, fluctuating fuel prices, environmental concerns over fracking and offshore drilling — there are many reasons to increase fuel efficiency in both passenger and commercial vehicles. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing vehicle weight. Lighter cars mean ...