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Fast via Machining and Molding

Thanks to a cluster of processors running a home-grown algorithm and lean manufacturing shops in the U.S., Japan and Europe, Proto Labs can deliver machined or molded parts in as little as a day.


Rapid Tooling: Faster, Better, and Less Expensive

Don’t think of rapid tooling purely for prototyping or short runs.  Additive tech is making it possible to produce steel tools that have decided benefits for injection molding and die casting.


A Deeply Holistic Approach

In its effort to streamline every step of the mold building process, this company has upgraded its deep-hole drilling capability with a new six-axis machine. A rotary table with magnetic workholding enhances this machine’s flexibility.


Complementary Technologies Make MQL More Accessible

An add-on system for minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) combines an external pump with repeatable control over nozzle position.


Getting New Business with Big Machines

These shops saved themselves from dependence on the declining automotive sector thanks in part to their commitment to large-scale machining capacity.


Keeping Things In Focus

Machine-mounted video cameras are part of a system that help a shop owner get more work done while spending less time in the shop. He can monitor and control what’s happening on his machines remotely. He’s also developed strategies for reacting to e...


Alternate Tool Material For Hogging Large Workpieces

Shops often use either carbide or high speed steel cutting tools for hogging out the large workpieces common to the aerospace and moldmaking industries. While both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, cutting tool manufacturer Precisio...


The Case For Constant Velocity

Constant Velocity Technology uses high speed computer hardware and creative algorithms to enable machine tools to achieve fast, consistent feed rates across complicated 3D surfaces.


From Mold Making To Mold Manufacturing

Pro Mold had to change its entire shop culture to make the move to “net machining.” The experience made the company stronger.


Cutting To The Model

This mold shop's cutting tool strategies help it eliminate hand spotting altogether by machining complex molds directly to the CAD model.


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