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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: Post Processing Metal 3D Printing

Following last week’s Insight video on DMLS, in this video we look at the huge number of post-processing options that can improve a part’s dimensional accuracy, surface finish quality, and mechanical properties.




Insight: DMLS

DMLS is a process for metal 3D printing and one that helps us to produce tough, metallic parts without having to go through the traditional milling, turning, or casting processes. In this Insight video, we take a deeper look into DMLS covering what the process is, part characteristics, potential limitations and how these can be mitigated.

Insight: Making Changes

A form of 3D printing, Stereolithography is an excellent choice for rapid prototyping and project designs that require the production of very accurate and finely detailed parts. It also offers a broad range of different materials with a range of tensile strengths, flexibility and elongation to break point. In this video we explore the strengths and weakness of these materials, covering thermoplastics, ABS-like, PC-like, Advanc and MicroFineTM Green and Grey.


Insight: Complex Undercuts

In this Insight video we look at two concepts that are closely intertwined – undercuts and bump offs.


Insight: Knit Lines

Injection moulding is great for producing both custom prototypes and end-use parts. But if you are not careful it can cause some problems such as stress factors, warp and knit lines. In this Insight video we take a closer look at knit lines – covering what they are, how they are caused, problems they can cause and how to avoid them (or at least minimise their effects!)

Insight: Customisation

Production technology is moving quickly. This means that you can now customise and mass customise products more cost effectively than ever before. In this Insight video we look at how you can use this new manufacturing technology without breaking the bank.

Insight: Industry 4.0 Part 2

In a series looking at Industry 4.0, this Insight video explores how companies are embracing change. It also looks at the ‘smart factory’, examining what smart factories look like today and what they may look like tomorrow.

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