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Protolabs’ Insight video series

Our Insight video series will help you master digital manufacturing.

Every Friday we’ll post a new video – each one giving you a deeper Insight into how to design better parts. We’ll cover specific topics such as choosing the right 3D printing material, optimising your design for CNC machining, surface finishes for moulded parts, and much more besides.

So join us and don’t miss out.

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Insight: Choosing A Manufacturing Source


This can be one of the most important decisions you make on a project, and can easily make the difference between glowing success and not-so-glowing failure. You’ll need to be certain the option you pick fits your needs exactly, whether you want someone to handle your project as a one-off or plan to develop a long-term production relationship with them.

Insight: Bridging The Gap Between Prototyping And Production

Speed to market is key in most businesses. When prototyping a new product, you want to ensure you make it to market before your competitor. This video looks at the concept of bridge tooling and how it can support you in your transition from prototyping to production.

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Insight: ODM

Looking to reduce costs by outsourcing production to a rapid manufacturer? This video looks at the things to consider with this in mind including, speed, bridge tooling, cost per part, multi-cavity moulds, supply chain risks and product life cycles.

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Insight: CNC Material Selection

Getting the right material is just as important as how the part is machined, the wrong decision can cost money. This video will go through some key CNC materials, looking in detail at their costs, characteristics and how to create your own shortlist.

Insight: Lighting Industry

Glass has been the king of lighting ever since the days of Edison, however, these days we don’t need to be quite so restrictive. There are plenty of fascinating new materials and clever techniques out there that can help creating products for the lighting industry. This video gives some examples and looks into materials and techniques available for this industry.

Insight: Creating Greener Parts

An increasingly popular topic these days is how to make greener products and parts. Whilst we can’t give you a definitive answer, this video will look at different factors to consider when designing a greener part such as, material type and amount, embedded energy, life cycles, durability, weight and maintainability.

Insight: Design Cube

The design cube has been our staple design aid for decades, this video takes a deeper look into Protolabs’ design cube and all the features and capabilities on display and how you can avoid certain design and cosmetic issues.

Insight: CNC Material Properties

When it comes to materials, it can sometimes feel like you have too much choice, but there are certain characteristics that will help you narrow down the field. This video explores the headings on datasheets and their meanings, things like tensile strength, elasticity and elongation to break.

Insight: Replacing Metal with Plastics

Metal parts have always been the gold standard in applications, so it may come as surprising that many industries are now replacing metal parts with plastic injection-moulded ones. This video looks at some reasons for choosing plastic over metal including, weight, finishes, strength, longevity, recyclability, cost.

Insight: Polyjet

Polyjet is a 3D printing technology that offers great accuracy and uniquely allows you to alter the part’s material properties in different places on the build. For the right part or prototype Polyjet is a great option, but understanding the capabilities and limitations is key. This insight video will look at some design considerations when thinking of choosing Polyjet to produce your part.

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