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Titanium vs Aluminum: Workhorse Metals for Machining and 3D Printing

Posted On 01 December 2021 By Steve Konick
Light weight and strength help aluminum and titanium excel for 3D-printed and machined parts.
Tensile Testing for 3D Printing Materials

Tensile Testing for 3D Printing Materials

Posted On 01 December 2021 By Rachel Hunt
Tensile strength testing for 3D printing materials determines how a material will behave under load.
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Automotive Industry Embraces Additive Manufacturing

Posted On 18 October 2021 By Protolabs
The automotive industry is doubling down on its push to adapt additive manufacturing technologies
Welcome to Your All New Digital Manufacturing Platform

Welcome to Your All New Digital Manufacturing Platform

Posted On 02 November 2020 By 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.
Our on-demand manufacturing (ODM) service, through our new quoting platform, delivers more options and greater flexibility

Our on-demand manufacturing (ODM) service, through our new quoting platform, delivers more options and greater flexibility

Posted On 02 November 2020 By 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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Delrin Material Properties Offer Strong, Versatile Plastic Alternative to Metal

Posted On 28 January 2020 By Protolabs
Consider Delrin as an excellent plastic replacement for metal because of its strength, versatility.
Driving Changes in Automotive Engineering

Driving Changes in Automotive Engineering

Posted On 06 February 2019 By 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...
Shortening the Development Cycle in the Aerospace Sector

Shortening the Development Cycle in the Aerospace Sector

Posted On 16 January 2019 By 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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Why Your Parts Supplier Should be ISO 9001 Certified

Posted On 19 September 2018 By Stephen Dyson
Protolabs' quality system starts when a customer uploads a part file and runs through the entire manufacturing process and into shipping.
Meeting the Need for Speed

Meeting the Need for Speed

Posted On 12 September 2018 By Damian Hennessey
Protolabs puts products where they’re needed. When they’re needed.