The Digital Thread

Your blog feed for manufacturing resources, in-depth features, and industry news.

How to: Quoting, Design Analysis, and Part Ordering

We're here, right now, because we’ve revolutionised manufacturing once again with our all-new digital experience engineered with you—our customer—in mind. From quoting to production to quality control, we’ve rebuilt our entire manufacturing system around speed to help transform ideas to products and optimize manufacturing throughout the product life cycle, prototyping to on-demand production.
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How to: A Deep Dive into Design Analysis

Posted On 02 November 2020 Matthew Hatch
In this, our second post in the series, we take a closer look at what is arguably the most important benefit of the platform, sandwiched between your request for analysis and actual placement of your order. It’s our automated, interactive design analysis. And with the relaunch of our new platform, you’ll see that we’ve given it a modern interface along with some new features you’ll find valuable.
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Why Change is Good: The Evolution of a Digital Manufacturing Platform

Posted On 02 November 2020 Matthew Hatch
We launched our company and its digital manufacturing model more than 20 years ago, and a necessary constant throughout those past two decades in the industry has been change. You simply cannot survive as a technology-forward manufacturing company that is complacent with where it is as at—you have to be future-facing.
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Welcome to Your All New Digital Manufacturing Platform

Posted On 02 November 2020 Matt Hatch
When we launched more than 20 years ago, our digital manufacturing model was revolutionary. But it’s been necessary to continuously evolve ever since – by expanding our manufacturing services and enhancing our capabilities way beyond the original prototyping service. Many of the customers we serve have grown along with us, so expectation is being continuously elevated.
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Our on-demand manufacturing (ODM) service, through our new quoting platform, delivers more options and greater flexibility

Posted On 02 November 2020 Matt Hatch
Our brand new online quoting platform is not the only exciting launch from Protolabs recently. We are also now offering on-demand manufacturing (ODM) as well as prototyping. This means that we can now support you further through your product life-cycle journey.
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What's Changing by Service Line: Injection moulding

Posted On 20 October 2020 Matthew Hatch
In this particular article we’ll take a look at the new platform for when uploading parts for injection moulding – Protolabs’ world-leading service for rapid prototypes and end-use production parts.
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What's Changing by Service Line: CNC Machining

Posted On 20 October 2020 Matthew Hatch
In this particular article we’ll take a look at the new platform for when uploading parts for CNC machining – Protolabs’ world-leading service for rapid prototypes and end-use production parts.
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What's Changing by Service Line: 3D Printing

Posted On 20 October 2020 Matthew Hatch
In this particular article we’ll take a look at the new platform for when uploading parts for 3D printing – Protolabs’ world-leading service for rapid prototypes and functional parts.
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Ultrasint™ TPU01: A new versatile and fast processing material for Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing

Posted On 01 June 2020 Ashlea Hoang
We have expanded our Multi Jet Fusion Service. Ultrasint™ TPU01, a new material, with rubber-like elasticity that is tear and abrasion resistant as well as resistant to grease and oil. This material offers unlimited design possibilities and excellent part accuracy for prototypes and low-volume production parts.
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New Big Block CNC Machined Parts in a day from Protolabs

Posted On 05 May 2020 Matt Hatch
We’ve launched a big block rapid CNC machining service for aluminium 6082 parts. With a reliable shipping time as fast as 1 day from the initial CAD upload, we can now mill from blocks of up to 559mm x 356mm x 95mm.
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Polypropylene 3D printing - A new world of prototyping and product design

Posted On 07 October 2019 Matt Hatch
3D printed parts can now be made in polypropylene, opening up a world of design and testing.
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