Technical Articles

  1. Use Color Matching To Customize Molded Parts

    Product designers often need their manufacturing suppliers to produce plastic injection-molded parts that are Pantone color-matched to company specifications. Protolabs' injection molding service offers custom color matching on customer-provided Pantone numbers and on customer-provided part samples.

  2. High-Speed Imaging Techniques For The Aerospace Industry

    Digital Image Correlation, Particle Image Velocimetry, and Schlieren Imaging provide engineers in the aerospace industry with insight into the strength and durability of materials, the characteristics of engine combustion processes, the aerodynamics of objects in flight, and much more.

  3. How Fiber Optics Can Ensure Grain Quality, Keep Milk Safe, And Make Pretzels Crispy

    Fiber optics offer a food-safe way to perform continuous spectroscopic analysis in challenging food production environments such as liquids, hot ovens and tight spaces.

  4. Understanding Camera-Based Ultraviolet Imaging And Applications

    A new generation of advanced UV imaging cameras has opened the door to new applications and enhanced performance in existing applications.

  5. Detecting Disguises At Border And Immigration Security Checkpoints Using Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Cameras

    As the US continues to increase its security at border crossings, airports and other points of entry, biometrics will play an important role. Fingerprints and other direct contact means will become final identifiers of persons.

  6. Controlling Hexapod 6-DOF Alignment Robots Via EtherCAT®

    This white paper presents the latest generation of PI hexapod controllers with integrated EtherCAT interface now make it very easy for users to integrate hexapods into automation systems without the need for to perform challenging kinematic transformations.

  7. ISO Compliance Of Non-Contact, Real-Time Beam Analysis

    To deliver continuously high product quality, the key parameters of laser beams in production applications must be measured on a regular basis. Ophir has tackled the task and developed a non-contact measurement technology, the BeamWatch, based on the Rayleigh scattering. 

  8. Battle Axe vs. Scalpel: How To Work With High Power Density Lasers

    In this Q&A article, Mark Gitin, Senior VP and GM of the Light & Motion Division of MKS Instruments, and Christian Dini, Director Global Business Development, Ophir, discuss the use of reliable laser beam measurement technology that can help with the process of laser optimization.

  9. Strategic Prototyping For Human-Factors Engineering

    Human-Factors Engineering (HFE) is gaining increasing attention, especially in the context of medical device product development. As technologies evolve, therapies advance, and devices become more complex, so does the role of HFE increase in priority.

  10. Keeping You Safe In The ‘Pool’ Of Manufacturing

    Protolabs provides medical device and medtech companies with a dramatically reduced level of risk. Working with us directly, you know the ability of everyone in our “pool,” so you don’t have to white-knuckle it, wondering where and how your parts are being produced.