Manufacturing & Prototyping

Coming Soon - Reducing Prototyping Costs with Rapid Overmolding

Prototyping overmolded parts using production grade materials is now easier with the recent launch of rapid overmolding services at Proto Labs. Using existing mold technology, you can get overmolded prototypes within days, allowing you to reduce design risk while accelerating development. Learn about key design considerations, material compatibility, and the differences (and similarities) between rapid overmolding and larger-scale production processes.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling


Achieving Reliable Inline Measurements in Production Environments

One of the most important changes in metrology in the past few decades has been the development of portable measuring devices. This has brought inspection right to the production line, as close to the part as possible. The change—sparked by the development of portable measuring arms and the emergence of laser trackers—has turned conventional industry inspection methods completely upside down.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software, Test & Measurement


Design Guide: Sheet Metal Fabrication

Our custom sheet metal services offer a cost-effective, on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Fabrication services range from standard gauge metal we can bend, punch and cut your design for low-volume prototypes, to high-volume production runs.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery & Automation


Optimizing EBM Alloy 718 Material for Aerospace Components

Electronic Beam Melting (EBM) is a leading AM technology that aerospace companies are implementing for production. To leverage the capabilities of EBM, new materials such as Alloy 718 have been developed. Alloy 718 is a nickel-chromium based super alloy ideal for high temperature and corrosive environments, with excellent mechanical properties at elevated temperatures.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials


Products of Tomorrow: October 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping


Breaking Barriers in 3D Printing

Recently, I had the opportunity to see next-generation manufacturing technologies in use that truly demonstrate “a significant leap forward,” as Ilan Levin, CEO of Stratasys stated. On display for the first time to the public at last month’s IMTS show in Chicago, the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator and Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator present a customer-centric approach to 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping


Simulating Composite Structures

Layered composites are often the materials of choice when a manufacturer must reduce the weight (lightweight) of a component or system to increase fuel efficiency while maintaining strength. Composites are often used in automobiles, aircraft, ships and wind turbines for this purpose. But because their strength and performance depend upon the thickness, layer structure, orientation and other factors, determining how composite structures will perform in real-world conditions is not as easy as it is for metallic components of the same shape. Read this white paper to learn how you can use ANSYS Composite PrepPost to perform layup simulations to optimize composites for strength, durability and light weight.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Composites, Materials


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