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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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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 engineers entertained.
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