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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

Insight: SLS vs. MJF

At first glance the parts that SLS and MJF produce may seem similar, but a closer look reveals there are some key differences that may sway you to using one over the other. This insight video compares these services and looks in detail at those differences, including, feature resolution, surface finishes, materials, colour and mechanical properties.

Insight: Pandemic Response

The global Covid pandemic has caused disruption and chaos for many industries. What has been truly amazing are the examples of manufacturing businesses pivoting to supply all sorts of medical equipment.

This video looks at an example of this in detail and how Mercedes-AMG High Performance Power Trains worked with University College London to support development of it's CPAP device last year.

Insight: Why Choose 3D Printing?

Why choose 3D printing? There are numerous ways to answer that question: the geometry it offers, the absence of any kind of mould/ tooling, the ease in which you can make changes to your design, speed and even cost. This video will discuss each of these benefits in more detail and explain why exactly 3D printing is so appealing.

Insight: 3D Printing in New Industries

When talking about industries that use additive manufacturing you expect to hear automotive and medical, but you probably don't expect to hear fashion and jewellery. However, these industries are increasingly turning to 3D printing due to its ability to produce fine details, iterate designs quickly and display quality finishes. This insight video showcases some examples of 3D printing being used in industries you wouldn't expect.

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