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3D printing is mostly associated with the direct manufacture of prototypes or parts, but it can also be useful for producing the molds and tools used in more traditional manufacturing processes.


At ProtoFab we offer a wide range of post-processing options that give vastly differing finishes. Some options are primarily about improving the mechanical properties of the part, while others are purely for aesthetics. Let’s take a detailed look at the options available.


3D printing is a lot more than just pressing print on a machine, it’s a multistage process that starts with a 3D model on a computer and ends with a sleek part with perfect dimensions. This guide will walk you through each of the steps that goes into producing an industrial-quality 3D printed part.


In 3D printing choosing the right materials can be a complicated and sometimes confusing process. This article will act as a guide to the process of selecting the right material and give an in-depth look into the specific materials that ProtoFab offers.


SLA 3D Printing in the Automotive Industry In recent years we have seen more and more car manufacturers making use of 3D printing for prototyping and even for final parts. Let’s take a detailed look at how we worked with Great Wall to produce prototype parts for their latest model.


Post-curing is a stage of SLA printing that is often overlooked but which can greatly influence the final properties of a printed part. Post-curing isn’t a one-size-fits-all process.


It’s well known that 3D printing is revolutionizing industries like dentistry and aerospace, but 3D printing is also having a major impact in places not everyone might expect.


Accuracy is one the central characteristics you expect of a 3D printer, particularly SLA printers, which are renowned for their high degree of precision. If an SLA printer cannot reproduce a model with sufficient accuracy then it has failed its primary task.


Companies interested in SLA 3D printing may be startled to see the extreme difference in price between consumer desktop SLA printers and industrial 3D printers.


There are myriad types of printer and service available and the differences between them are often complex and difficult to appreciate. Let’s take an in-depth look at six of the major 3D printing technologies available today and try to make the situation a little clearer.