The Digital Thread

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A 'Cool Idea' That's Beyond The Moon

Exactly 50 years ago this month, all eyes were set on the moon as Neil Armstrong took that momentous small step. But these days humans dream of walking and even living on Mars.
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3DPI Awards - Winning Design

Posted On 04 July 2019 Kimmy Forshaw
We wanted to mention how proud we were to once again partner with the 3D Printing Industry to hold the trophy design competition for 2019.
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How Metal 3D Printing can be a Game Changer for Medical Device Development

Posted On 03 May 2019 Annie Cashman
Our original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners in the medical industry are constantly pushing the limits with metal 3D printing, challenging us and other outsourcing suppliers to advance and innovate within this process.
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Grand Designs

Posted On 10 April 2019 Matt Hatch
Design is in our blood and one of the reasons why we are delighted to be a Medical Applications finalist in the 3D Printing Industry Awards
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Turn Cool Ideas Into Reality

Posted On 10 April 2019 Matt Hatch
We are officially launching our £50,000 Cool Idea annual awards scheme across Europe to help turn brilliant ideas into reality.
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Making the Impossible Possible – Copper 3D Printing

Posted On 03 April 2019 Matt Hatch
Until recently if wanted copper parts, your best option to get the part designed and produced quickly was CNC machining...
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A Tough Part – Anodised Aluminium

Posted On 20 March 2019 Matt Hatch
If you need to protect your aluminium part from a harsh working environment or even just add a decorative finish, then anodising could well be the answer.
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We love inventors – and inventions – here at Protolabs

Posted On 18 March 2019 Matt Hatch
Every year, more than 12 million people visit their physicians for impacted earwax removal. Now, this new ear-care medical device has been developed, with help from Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award, which can clean a patient’s ear in just 35 seconds, bringing a much-needed—and fast—solution.
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5 Tips for Saving Time and Money on Your Mould Tool

Posted On 20 February 2019 Saleem Shariff
With product development and manufacturing lead times constantly shortening, what can design engineers do to reduce the time and cost involved with making a mould tool?
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Protolabs: Secondary Services

Posted On 12 February 2019 Matt Hatch
Secondary services may be required to meet the process control, functional or cosmetic (typically branding or labelling) needs for a specific project. The necessity of these additional services are determined by that specific need.
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Driving Changes in Automotive Engineering

Posted On 06 February 2019 Stephen Dyson
Automotive manufacturers are facing far greater challenges than ever before, with a global skills shortage in engineering combined with increased demand for customised cars. Thankfully, new technologies can plug the gap and reduce time to market...
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