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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.

Most Recent Insight Videos

Insight: IM Design

This is an insight interview style video. This week’s video looks at how you can design better parts. Covering topics such as; features, weight and strength of part, materials etc.

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Insight: Reducing Cost with IM

This is an insight interview style video. This week’s video looks at how exactly you can reduce costs when designing your injection moulded parts. From textured surfaces and writing to undercut features.

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Insight: CNC Automation

This video will look deeper into CNC automation, but perhaps not in the way you think. We will aim to give you insights on how automation can help prove your design and optimise your part and process for cost effective, quick CNC production.

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Insight: 3-Axis CNC Machining

This Insight video looks at 3 axis CNC machining. As an engineering designer, there is a lot to be said for keeping a design simple. Just because you can achieve more complex shapes and more precision does not mean that your part needs it. And you will generally have to pay for that geometry, complexity and precision. Take a look at this insight into 3 axis machining for tips on designing for CNC machining.

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Insight: Fill and Cool Rates in Moulding

This video looks at tackling one of the most challenging aspects of injection moulding – how to work around your part’s filling and cooling rate.

Insight: Energy Sector

This video focuses on the energy industry and how rapid manufacturing processes are useful for production of parts in this sector. From the ability to thread using CNC, the repeatability of injection moulding, to the unique advantage 3D printing has for producing discontinued and obsolete parts. We will also look at key materials used in the industry such as steel, Inconel and PEEK.

Insight: Startups

This video will focus on start-ups, problems faced by these manufacturers and what can be done to reduce risk in the early days. Discussing topics such as designing for manufacturability, processes, materials and prototyping.


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.


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.

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