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Ask the Interns: An “Exit Interview”

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We previously reported on the various going ons of our two summer interns, Ashley (our marketing intern) and Nolan (our additive manufacturing intern). Their time here at ProtoCAM is drawing to a close, and while we’re sad to see them go, we’re thrilled to see where they’ll head to from here! As they wrap up…

Recreating & Reinventing Artwork With 3D Printing

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Recreating historical art and artifacts has traditionally been the work of a specialist of the original media of the art piece, but with an increased need for a better and more durable option, 3D printing has become a viable method for reproducing ancient art. As 3D printing’s technological accomplishments grow, so does the lifetime of…

ProtoCAM Throwback: What We’ve Been Up To This Year

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It’s about halfway through the year, and we’re taking a moment to “throwback” and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far! In February, we teamed up with East Penn Lower Macungie Middle School to take home several wins in Dream It. Do It. PA’s 2018 student video contest, “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Local manufacturers worked together with…

Using 3D Printing for Mass Production

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In the early days of 3D printing and up until quite recently, additive manufacturing has been mostly a means to produce prototypes and one-off parts for presentation purposes, with minimal practical use. The technologies available were slow to produce more than a few parts at once, and mass production was simply not feasible. Producing parts for…

Going Green in the 3D Printing Industry

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With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re examining trends in recycling in the 3D additive manufacturing industry and sharing what ProtoCAM is doing to help make the world a greener place! The 3D printing world is still in the process of developing methods to better cater to the environment by recycling used and excess…

What’s New and Upcoming in HP Multi Jet Fusion

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In April of 2017, ProtoCAM received their first Hewlett Packard Multi Jet Fusion (HP MJF) unit and became a part of the future of additive manufacturing. As the anniversary of the implementation of our MJF printer approaches, we’re looking ahead to what new materials, processes, and systems are on the horizon for the HP MJF…

3D Printing vs Injection Molding – What’s the Best Production Method?

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Manufacturing parts has traditionally been accomplished with injection molding. This process involves injecting molten material into a metal mold; once cooled, the now solid object is ejected as a solid part. However, with advances in 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies, this newer manufacturing method can offer some advantages over injection molding. Volume Injection molding…

Optimized 3D Print Production with Generative Design

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With increasing reliance on 3D printing as a manufacturing method, designs for production are changing to better utilize this technology. Enter generative design, an optimized method for designing 3D-printed production parts Traditional design for manufacturing uses simple shapes and rigid, firm lines to create products. Generative design revolutionizes this process for 3D printers, creating new…

Progress at ProtoCAM: A Historical Timeline

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We’re celebrating 24 years in business by taking a look back at all we’ve accomplished over the years! Follow our timeline below, from ProtoCAM’s beginnings back in 1994 through the future! 1994 ProtoCAM opens up their first facility in Northampton, PA in January under founders Ron Belknap and Ray Biery. Their first offerings include Stereolithography (SLA),…

2017 Year in Review at ProtoCAM

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          It’s been a great 2017! There have been tons of updates and innovations both in our facility and in the 3D additive manufacturing industry at large throughout this year. As we approach the new year, we wanted to reflect on how far we’ve come: We brought on a new talent…