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Manufacturing Tool Kit for the Medical Industry

Prototypes help design teams make more informed decisions by obtaining invaluable data from the performance of,  and    the reaction to, those prototypes. The more data gathered at the design stage of the product development cycle, the better the chances of preventing product or manufacturing issues down the road. Indeed accelerated prototyping has always been important […]

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Bridging the Gap Between Prototyping and Production

  In the traditional approach to product development, there is a sharp line between development and production. Development begins with a light bulb over someone’s head, proceeds through napkin sketches and CAD models, and ends, ultimately, with prototypes. At one or more points in the development process there may be input from the market, be […]

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Tips to reduce injection moulding costs

Everyone wants to save money on manufactured parts. It sounds simple, but one of the easiest ways to reduce price-per- piece cost in injection moulding is by increasing part quantity. That is because the initial upfront cost to design and machine the mould remunerates over more parts. At Protolabs, for example, up to 25,000 parts […]

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3D printing technologies for prototyping and production

How to leverage additive manufacturing to build better products Architects don’t build without modeling. They create “blueprints,” produce renderings, and build 3D models. But while these planning tools may resemble the actual building in shape, there is no resemblance in size or materials. As a result, except in the case of manufactured or modular buildings, […]

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Balancing CNC Machining and 3D Printing for Metal Parts

  BALANCING CNC MACHINING AND 3D PRINTING FOR METAL PARTS Designing metal parts? By incorporating both CNC machining and metal 3D printing into your manufacturing toolbox, you not only enjoy far greater flexibility in part design, but also gain the ability to procure them in less time and more cost- effectively than ever before. In […]

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6 ways to optimise part design for CNC machining

Consider hole depths, threading, wall thickness, and other machining capabilities to reduce production time and expense.

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How metal 3D printing is redefining part design

It’s one of the basic rules of manufacturing: As part complexity increases, so do machining and assembly costs. But what if there were a different way to produce metal parts, one with fewer limitations than traditional milling, turning, and grinding processes, and able to build complex parts in less time and with little human intervention? […]

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How to move between 3D Printing and CNC Machining For Plastic Parts

  Not so long ago, having prototypes or a few production parts machined was a more costly and time consuming process. You mailed a paper drawing to your favourite machine shop, had a short chat with the owner or shop foreman to discuss the due date and price, and waited. If you were in a […]

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Design Essentials for Injection Moulding

Parts arrive at injection moulding in different ways. Some are first prototyped through 3D printing where mouldability considerations are of limited concern. Others take a more traditional machining route that allows for iterative testing in engineering-grade materials similar to that of moulding. And many simply jump right to injection moulding. We’ve learned from experience that, before production begins, there are […]

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Rapid Prototyping Processes from Protolabs

This technical brief explores the advantages and shortcomings of the major prototyping processes available to designers. This paper provides detailed process descriptions and discusses material properties of parts produced by each specific prototyping process. In addition, a helpful decision tree highlights key questions designers must consider when choosing a prototyping process. Ultimately, the goal of […]

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