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Award winning on demand manufacturing provider Protolabs has launched a new, proprietary material for SLA 3D printing. Named MicroFine Green, this resin is specifically formulated for the fabrication of small parts in high definition. Its vibrant color picks out detail, and it possesses mechanical properties akin to ABS.
According to the company, “MicroFine Green, perfectly suited to the rapid prototyping of parts with extremely fine features without compromising on strength and durability, delivers far more prototyping options to customers in industries such as medical, healthcare and electronics.”
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With the addition of this material, Protolabs also provides its customers micro 3D printing capabilities without the high upfront costs of associated hardware.
“THE RECENT LAUNCH OF OUR NEW PROPRIETARY THERMOSET RESIN, CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR MICRO-RESOLUTION STEREOLITHOGRAPHY, IS TAKING 3D PRINTING INTO NEW REALMS.”
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Protolabs on demand manufacturing expertise
Protolabs’ foundation is in the injection molding industry, with company founder Larry Lukis developing a software to better automate the process. Now two decades into on demand manufacturing, Protolabs’ services reach across CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and, as of 2014, industrial-grade 3D printing services for both polymers and metal.
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Though somewhat a proprietary secret at the company, the company’s software, according to a 3D Printing Industry interview with Protolabs CTO Rich Baker, is used for tasks such as “analyzing a 3D printed part or figuring out how to machine a CNC part.” Baker adds, “We’ve spent a lot on the software development side to that system work both fast and to allow us to use a different skill level of labor.” In 2017, the company bolstered its fabrication expertise with the $120 million acquisition of New Hampshire part supplier Rapid Manufacturing Group, LLC (RAPID). And, again in 2017, the company announced the that it was making its largest ever internal investment to expand the capabilities of its facility...
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