Protolabs Launches Instant Manufacturability Analysis for 3D Printing

Get automated design feedback and expanded material and finishing options for 3D printing with new solution.

Get automated design feedback and expanded material and finishing options for 3D printing with new solution.

Protolabs has launched instant design for additive manufacturability (DfAM) analysis on 3D-printed parts through its online quoting platform. The automated feedback enables product developers and engineers to optimize additive designs before parts are printed.

“Protolabs was one of the first digital manufacturing companies to launch automated manufacturability analysis on molded and machined parts—a tool that quickly became essential for our customers during their iterative design process,” says Oleg Ryaboy, chief technology officer, Protolabs. 

DfAM analysis is available globally on parts uploaded online at protolabs.com for any of the company’s plastic and metal 3D printing technologies. When users receive their quotes, the analysis immediately highlights potential manufacturability advisories concerning thin walls, small gaps, and parts that exceed maximum size restrictions, according to the company. The launch extends the company’s automated DfAM, also available through its digital network of manufacturing partners at Hubs.

“Our DfAM capabilities significantly improve the 3D printing quoting experience, enabling customers to easily engage with our broad technical offering,” says Rob Bodor, Protolabs’ president and CEO. 

Protolabs has also broadened its additive material and finishing options. Now, product developers and engineers can choose 3D-printed silicone in multiple levels of shore-A hardness; the material is 100% pure silicone, which is biocompatible and functional at a range of temperatures. Earlier this year, vapor smoothing was launched for select materials, providing enhanced finishes that eliminate rough surfaces and leave a glossy, aesthetic appearance on 3D-printed parts.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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