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Covid-19 Forces Supply Chain Rethinking

Covid-19 Forces Supply Chain Rethinking

Whatever your work situation, from “work from home,” to “mandated work,” to addressing family needs, we feel compassion for all that you have done during this time of need. 

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More Cybersecurity Funding Needed from Government

More Cybersecurity Funding Needed from Government

Coronavirus is the overriding concern of all Americans right now. And deservedly so. It's a curse that must be eradicated. However, in its shadow another threat lurks that can affect the health and well-being of businesses. Cybersecurity.

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How Protomatic Stays Up to Date on Lithium-Ion Batteries

Copper and custom alloy manufactured via a Spin Metal Welding Process that creat

Protomatic manufactures tools, fixtures and prototype parts for the development, testing and production of lithium-ion batteries. By being so involved in the challenges and opportunities presented by those batteries, Protomatic is committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in the field.

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Surgical Applications of 3D Printing

Surgical Applications of 3D Printing

What is 3D Printing?

Before we get into the remarkable ways that 3D printing is being used in medical applications, here's a brief explanation of Additive, or 3D printing.

3D printing works much like a desktop printer, but prints finished products. Instead of ink, a 3D printer uses a combination of basic elements that bond together as they are laid down, layer by layer. There is virtually no scrap because the molecular formations are added so precisely that the product appears in the exact shape desired.

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5 Reasons to Choose Protomatic for Your Prototype and Short-Run Production Components

Prototype and Short-Run Production Components

When you’re looking for a partner to help you develop your prototype or take your short-run production components to market, it’s important to define what you hope to get from the relationship. The machine shop that you choose needs to have a proven track record, they need to have displayed a commitment to producing high quality production components and, of course, they need to have the skills and equipment necessary to complete the job. In this post, we’d like to discuss why choosing Protomatic will help you position your device prototype for success.

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Why Bring Manufacturing Back to America?

Why Bring Manufacturing Back to America?

American manufacturers periodically need to reevaluate their offshoring practices and consider reshoring products to America. Companies are increasingly recognizing that previously ignored risks, strategic impacts and costs are becoming significant. Many are becoming exposed to a high-risk environment where market wage advantages are not sufficient protection. Manufacturers are now seeing the benefits of proximity, producing in the market, and evaluating the total cost of doing business.

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Protomatic Mourns Loss of Founder

Rita Wetzel

It is with deepest regrets that we inform you that Rita J. Wetzel passed away on September 15, 2019. She and her late husband, Bill, founded Protomatic in 1971.

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How to Get Your Idea Turned into a Prototype

How to Get Your Idea Turned into a Prototype

You’ve got an idea that has success written all over it. Now, how do you get that idea turned into a working prototype? There are a ton of potential pitfalls that could turn a terrific opportunity into an expensive disaster. This eBook, How to Get Your Idea Turned into a Prototype, will guide you through the process and give you easy-to-follow tips on turning your dream into reality.

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Additive or Subtractive Prototyping: Which is Best?

Additive or Subtractive Prototyping: Which is Best?

The day has finally come. Your new component design has been approved and now it’s time to take it to prototype. But what manufacturing process should you choose?

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How to Specify Additively Manufactured Aluminum Parts

Specifying “Additively Manufactured” (AM) aluminum is challenging and involves an approach guided by ASTM and ISO standards that require more engineering decisions throughout the manufacturing process than typically encountered with a purchased component. With this additional complexity, ISO/ASTM 52910 guides a designer to first establish the general AM potential of the part, which involves material, build size, and a host of feature trade-offs. Next, the designer must select from several AM processes that can provide a range of properties for a given material.

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