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Proto Labs launches rapid magnesium injection molding service

Proto Labs, Inc. has introduced magnesium injection molding into its current rapid manufacturing services. This advanced injection molding process enables product designers and engineers to prototype using the same materials and processes used for the final part production. In addition to prototypes, Proto Labs will offer production parts in quantities of up to 5,000+ with

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Rogers Corp’s high performance foams business unit changes name to Elastomeric Material Solutions

Effective today, the High Performance Foams Division of Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) has officially changed its name to Elastomeric Material Solutions to better reflect the growing range of products and capabilities available to meet customer needs. “This name change is the result of productive input and dialogue with customers and employees from around the world,”

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Leland-Teschler

Can’t innovate? Don’t blame the dunderhead syndrome

The popular press is filled with caterwauling that bemoans a lack of technological innovation in the U.S. The idea that seems to have taken hold in the public’s imagination is that entrenched corporations often squelch novel ideas. According to the popular narrative, corporate managers look like either dunderheads or villains. They spout bromides about the

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Highlights of the 3D printing industry from RAPID 2015

This year’s RAPID 2015 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing show was in beautiful Long Beach, CA.  If you did not get a chance to visit the show, here’s...

Make Parts Fast

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TolomaticTH

Simpler machine tool design

A mechatronic design tool will help you size a motion system within a single platform. Finally, some companies are cooperating together to make it easier to design a whole system. Tolomatic and Rockwell Automation have announced that you will be able to specify electric rod actuators and rodless electro-mechanical actuators on Rockwell’s Motion Analyzer web-based

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MNRubberTH

Custom materials for semiconductor applications

Better component or easier assembly performance often requires polymers, sometimes in custom blends. This can be true when designing fluid delivery systems, as well as in many static or dynamic applications. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics molds miniature components using custom blends of PEEK, polycarbonate, polysulphone, Nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, FKM and EPDM elastomers. Many of these

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LinMotTH

The total package: How to design a film wrapping machine with direct-drive technology

Guaranteeing packaging results every time, even when product characteristics vary and product types change often, is one of the greatest challenges facing a machine builder. This was the primary consideration for Alpenland Maschinenbau (ALPMA) when designing its new MultiSAN film wrapping machine. The machine packages round and rectangular soft cheeses, as well as cheeses in

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