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Protolabs: Secondary Services

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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Inconel 718: A superalloy with enduring relevance

Posted On 21 January 2019 Matt Hatch
Metal 3D printing has brought Inconel, the classic nickel-based heat resistant alloy, well and truly into the 21st century
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Shortening the Development Cycle in the Aerospace Sector

Posted On 16 January 2019 Stephen Dyson
Safety is the overriding concern in aerospace and space technology - countless test cycles, inspection procedures and certificates are behind every single part of the jigsaw. Although safety requirements are non-negotiable, they come at a cost – they slow down the speed of the product development cycle.
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Augmented Reality Becomes a Game Changer in B2B Operations

Posted On 09 January 2019 Matt Hatch
Augmented reality (AR) was supposed to be a game changer in the consumer world, but has failed to match its hype. Fortunately, in the B2B world the news is far better.
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New Year, New Tech

Posted On 02 January 2019 Laura Reeves
As we dip our toe into the New Year, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of the latest and innovative tech ideas that we think will trend in 2019. Because what better way is there to get over January blues, than buying new gadgets?
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Digitising the Sumatran Rhino

Posted On 27 December 2018 Laura Reeves
With new advances in 3D imaging and printing technologies, Yxlon were able to replicate a rare species of rhino... With a bit of help from Protolabs' 3D printing service.
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STEM Inspired Holiday Activities for Young Engineers

Posted On 12 December 2018 Laura Reeves
With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few ideas to keep aspiring young engineers entertained during their break from school.
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The UK’s Government’s Industrial Strategy opens with a bold claim...

Posted On 06 December 2018 Bjoern Klass
Its aim, it says, is to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK.
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3 Tips for tackling complex features in moulding design

Posted On 05 December 2018 Saleem Shariff
Designing for plastic injection moulding is like raising teenagers—some parts (and some teens) are more challenging than others. But by following a few simple rules, even the most difficult of these challenges can be overcome (parenting aside).
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Innovative medical device combats lumbar pain

Posted On 28 November 2018 Laura Reeves
Japet Medical Devices is a French start-up specialising in medical robotics, created in 2016 by Antoine Noël and Damien Bratic who had both recently qualified from Centrale Lille University. The company, based in Lille’s Eurasanté park, is preparing to launch Atlas, the first functional rehabilitation exoskeleton designed to relieve lumbar pain.
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3D Printing Micro Features with MicroFine Green

Posted On 19 November 2018 Matt Hatch
Most parts can be built in normal resolution, but for parts with fine features around 0.1mm, high resolution may be required.
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