Digital Manufacturing

Insight Podcasts: August Edition

Friday 14 August 2020, 8:31 AM

3 Minute Read

Our Insight Podcast series aims to help you design better parts for digital manufacturing. We will provide you with useful tips to save time and money, as well as looking into case studies to support your own journey to part production.

Below is a recap of our latest podcasts, you can also view all of our podcasts on our website and through popular streaming services, including Apple, Google, and Spotify.

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Insight Podcast: Family Tooling and Multi Cavity Moulds


In this episode, we talk you through some important injection moulding extras that may support your projects: family tooling and multi-cavity moulds.


For further reading, please see below links to the white papers referred to in this podcast:


Protolabs Q&A podcast: CNC Optimisation         

In this episode we answer your questions on CNC optimisation with David Ewing, EMEA Product Manager – CNC Machining at Protolabs.


See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • What is CNC Machining and why is it important?
  • What are the advantages of using this process rather than others?
  • What advice would you give on hole depth and diameter?
  • My current design is quite complex – what tolerances can I achieve with you?
  • There’s a threaded element to my part design, do you have any guidelines on maximum size I should go for?
  • I’ve heard about ‘burring’ but can you explain what this is?
  • What restrictions do I have with CNC machining?


Insight Podcast: Design Essentials for 3D Printing

In this episode, we discuss essential design considerations when 3D printing your part.


The topics we will be talking through are:

  • Rapid prototyping with Stereolithography
  • Prototyping with PolyJet 3D printing
  • 3D printing fully functional parts with Selective Laser Sintering
  • How to use Multi Jet Fusion for functional 3D-printed parts
  • The basics of metal 3D printing part design


Click here to access the white paper on 3D Printing Materials referred to in this podcast.


Protolabs Q&A podcast: Family Tooling

In this episode we answer your questions on Family tooling, also known as branch tooling, with Richard Anthony, a Senior Application Engineer at Protolabs.


See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • What is meant by the term ‘family tooling’?
  • Are there any other recognised terms used in the industry?
  • Why and when should I consider family mould tools?
  • Will my part design be limited?
  • What is the maximum part size I can expect?
  • Does my choice of material impact this?
  • Will material flow be effected?
  • Can I expect the same quality?

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