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Automation 201 – Clarifying Your Requirements for Project Success

Live Date: January 28, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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In our popular "Automation 101" webinar, Epson helped guide automation professionals with a simple step-by-step framework for getting started with robotics. Automation 201 picks up where 101 left off by taking a deeper dive into the critical topic of understanding your project requirements and their associated performance trade-offs. Whether you are new to automation or a seasoned veteran, this webinar will leave you with business-ready insights based on Epson's nearly four decades of experience and leadership in industrial robotics.                                                                  

Automation 201 will provide both new and experienced automation professionals with insight and understanding around core automation requirements and their associated performance trade-offs.

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How it’s Measured: Contact Measurement for Small Parts in Medical Device

Live Date: November 18, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Quality Control is one of the most important parts in medical device manufacturing, but one of the last to be automated. Collaborative robots are transforming manufacturing and now entering into the quality space using technologies that automate contact measurement, data collection, sortation all with a high precision and repeatability.

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Battery Packs for Motive Applications: Design Best Practices

Live Date: November 18, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Outside the spotlight of electrical vehicles, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are also being adopted for a wide range of non-automotive applications. These industrial, medical, and military applications are transitioning from Lead Acid batteries to Li-ion while others are going through their own ‘electrification’ and moving away from internal combustion engines. Each of these applications is developing their own standards to ensure the safe transition to Li-ion in their respective markets. During this live webinar, industry experts will provide insight into the impact these new standards are having on battery pack design with a focus on motive applications.

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Bi-Directional electric vehicle and automotive applications

Live Date: November 12, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Today’s vehicles consume more power due to onboard computer and infotainment systems, making it more economically feasible to store the required energy in 48V batteries and convert it to 12 Vdc as required. Bi-Directional DC-DC converters play an important role in these systems, and understading these converters is crucial. System designers and EV engineers will learn about DC-DC converters, 48V electrical systems, and much more during the course of this presentation.

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Medical Miniaturization: Addressing the Design Risks

Live Date: November 12, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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The rapid increase of miniaturization in medical device development has exploded alongside similar advances in consumer electronics, semiconductors, sensors, micromotors, actuators and material science. The integration of these advanced devices makes the resulting system more susceptible to design and testing pitfalls. Perhaps nowhere is this challenge greater than in the application of in-body miniaturized wirelessly connected sensors, electronics and actuators. Laboratory support systems are also impacted. This webinar will address these risks and how designers are changing their processes to avoid them. A case study will be used to highlight some of the technical aspects of this challenge. 

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Discover How This 3D Printer Lets You Print Big Parts at a Low Price

Live Date: November 10, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Say goodbye to expensive and time-intensive outsourcing of large scaled 3D printed parts. With the Form 3L, a cost-effective large-format 3D printer, you can now bring your biggest ideas to life in-house at an unprecedented price point.

We’re broadcasting a “talk show” style webinar with Form 3L Product Manager Kyle McNulty, and Form 3L Engineering Program Manager Caitlin Reyda. They’ll dive deep into the technology behind the Form 3L, walk you through three real large scale prints, do a live demonstration of using this new printing technology..

P.S. We’ve set up a new studio with three cameras on set so you’ll get an immersive learning experience.

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How to Avoid Product Failure by Design

Live Date: October 28, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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As you design a product with integrated electronics, you consider factors such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and product features, but are you accounting for variables that could lead to unexpected failure? Liquids, corrosives, contaminants, and temperature fluctuations are just some examples of environmental constituents that could render your circuitry useless, opening your business to unnecessary costs and claims as well as reputation and brand damage. This presentation is critical for design engineers, new product development teams, R&D, and anyone interested in providing a more reliable product experience. 

In this technically-focused webinar, you will learn how to prevent and eliminate costly repairs and service calls by adopting next-generation thin-film and nanocoating solutions. You will discover how these solutions can provide a more reliable and durable product experience while delivering incremental benefits associated with your design's thermal and electrical properties. Finally, you'll hear practical examples on how leading OEMs have achieved greater product performance and customer satisfaction through a systematic approach of providing better product protection.

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The Parts Under the Hood, Part 1: Electronics

Live Date: October 15, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Whether engine parts or the electronics that run the engine and entertain the driver, auto components are at the heart of all the advances in the automotive industry -- and electronics suppliers and software providers are on the leading edge. Nearly 25% of the car’s cost involves electronics, and advances in electronic components and software have turned the car into a more attractive place, not to mention a safer place, for the driver. Join us as we examine and explore these components.

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Automation and Robotics in Packaging

Live Date: October 1, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In this webinar author, robot futurist and changeover wizard John Henry will discuss how robots are currently used to automate packaging and how he expects them to be used in the future.

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The Right Amount of Stress: Reworkability of Gap Fillers in EV Battery Packs

Live Date: September 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will examine how the fast-growing electric vehicle market demands robust and efficient thermal management solutions for battery packs, such as gap fillers and thermal pads.

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New Gap Filler Technologies for Battery Thermal Management

Live Date: September 29, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Dow MobilityScience™ presents Dow’s expansive DOWSIL™ silicone portfolio for Transportation and Mobility. The Dow transportation team will be presenting on the wide breadth of silicone materials, focusing on gap filler technologies for thermal management, including the new DOWSIL™ TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler. 
Erica Everett, Marketing Manager for Transportation & Mobility will open with an intro on Dow, with highlight of our MobilityScience™ platform and resources. Afterwards, our Technical and Service Development Scientist, Ken Weidner, will present on silicone gap filler materials with focus on the newly launched TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler. DOWSIL™ TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler provides various benefits such as heat dissipation, lower total cost and weight, good durability, low flame risk and ease of application process for battery modules and cooling panels for EV Battery pack assembly.

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Back-to-School with DesignCon + Design News: Free Webinar Series

Live Date: September 28 - October 2, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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September 28, 2020: Beginner's Guide to RF & Microwave PCB Design
September 29, 2020: Open-Source Software Tools for Signal Integrity
September 30, 2020: Hidden Challenges in 112-Gb Channel Design & Modeling
October 1, 2020: Current Distribution, Resistance & Inductance in Power Connectors
October 2, 2020: PCB Material Characterization with One Measurement

Join DesignCon and Design News in this five-part Back-to-School webinar series presented by expert engineers from the electronics chip, board, and system industries. These sessions will walk through several use cases, illustrate how to use various tools to solve a range of design problems, present practical workshops, and provide attendees an understanding of why some design looks good on paper but fails once implemented. Attendees will also hear updates on DesignCon 2021 and receive a discount code for the upcoming in-person conference.

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Can You Automate Innovation with Generative Design?

Live Date: September 22, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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The future of your organization is dependent on your product design team creating breakthrough products that exceed customer expectations, boost sales and beat the competition.  With looming deadlines and budget constraints, it can be hard for executives to foster innovation in their product design teams.
While Generative Design can be a great source of new, awe-inspiring designs, it also addresses these challenges by automating the creation of designs in practical and pragmatic ways. Not only does it cut down on design exploration costs, but also creates a new, faster way for your product designs team to work together.

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Is 5G the Future of Autonomous Vehicles?

Live Date: September 17, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will explore how emerging 5G cellular communications technology is addressing the shortcomings of DSRC and 4G-cellular LTE to enable advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In addition, the webinar will delve into the concept of a “living room” on wheels.

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Connected Health: The Miniaturization of Medical Part 2

Live Date: August 27, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This new Design News webinar will examine the phenomenon of medical miniaturization and look at the components and methodologies that enable a new breed of products for use in everything from autonomous home monitoring systems to minimally invasive surgery.

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How to Identify Good Collaborative Robot Projects

Live Date: August 25, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Statistics show that collaborative automation is the fastest growing segment in the industry, and for good reason: cobots are safe, easy to use and quick to deploy. To get started, you’ll need to take a critical look at your manufacturing operations to identify which tasks are best automated by cobots. This webinar will help you walk through that process to ensure that cobots are a good fit for your application(s).

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Innovations in Automated, Robotic Small Part Contact Measurement and Sorting for Medical Device

Live Date: July 22, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Collaborative robots are one of the most exciting technology developments in the automation industry in decades. Cobots are finding their way into many areas of manufacturing; especially for high-mix small-batch operations. Automated small part inspection is now available for quality departments: freeing up labor, increasing accuracy and automating the collection of critical data and sorting parts. Adding inspection robots into quality control for medical part manufacturing can be transformational for companies that want to retain and attract talent.
 
Join us for this educational webinar where we will have industry experts discuss the pros, cons and steps to implementing Cobots in Quality Control.

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How to Design for Additive Manufacturing (SLA)

Live Date: July 21, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Since the rules of additive manufacturing are very different from the rules of injection molding and machining, making the right design decisions for 3D printing can be challenging. By learning key design guidelines for stereolithography (SLA) additive manufacturing, you’ll be able to reduce trial and error steps, produce functional parts in less time, and save on material costs.

In this webinar, we’ll teach you essential print process physics and additive manufacturing material challenges. We’ll walk through a presentation packed with visual examples for SLA manufacturing design guidelines and five methods to design for assembly.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to optimize the design of an example part to save $500 in material costs, 80 hours of machine time, and manual labor time.
  • Design guidelines for holes, lattices, overhangs, fins, ribs, and nesting.
  • How to avoid print failures related to adhesion, warping, lack of support structures, and more.
  • How the rules of product development and manufacturing change without tooling costs.

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How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the COVID-19 Age

Live Date: June 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In just a short three months, COVID-19 has driven global manufacturing into a temporary halt. Now, as manufacturers look to restart operations, leaders struggle to create the “new normal.”  Industry experts cite automation and technology as two key factors in helping companies succeed. Leading the automation pack are collaborative robots or “cobots” – robots that are safe, easy to program and cost-effective.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Basics of collaborative robots
  • Ongoing labor issues after COVID-19
  • Real-world examples of how cobots are helping deliver social distancing on the factory floor
  • Reshoring – how cobots can help with incremental automation
  • The role cobots can play in round-the-clock shiftwork to meet tighter delivery schedules

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Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development

Live Date: May 21, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will provide a vision for how Generative Design, along with technologies like, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, and Artificial Intelligence will converge into an environment that will dramatically change how we develop products and bring them to market.

Generative design software is creating product shapes that cannot be made through traditional machining or casting. With generative design, you can set the parameters of the object and let the software determine what the product will look like. What we’re seeing is stronger, lighter parts that can only be created through an additive process.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • What generative design is and why it is so important.
  • Why it is now so relevant.
  • The technologies that will enable it.
  • Who should use these tools.
  • What should my company plan to do about it.

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The Tiny World of Miniaturization in Motors and Motion Control

Live Date: March 25, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Motors and motion control components continue to shrink. The trend of miniaturization allows manufacturers to install motors and motion control into smaller and smaller form factors. Miniaturization helps in reducing energy consumption as well as weight, making it attractive to sectors such as aerospace, defense, medical, and science.

Traditional technology requires relatively large designs that are too cumbersome for many applications. The trend toward miniaturization has answered these needs.

This webinar will explore how small, powerful electric motors with a diameter of only a few millimeters have been developed through pioneering innovations and have become useful in many areas of science.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Why miniaturization is critical in the motors and motion control market
  • What sectors require small form motors and motion control
  • How applications benefit from miniaturization
  • What are the physical limitations in shrinking motors and motion control
  • What’s the future for miniaturization?

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The Connected Cobot: The Digital World of Collaborative Robots

Live Date: March 10, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Cobots have entered the digital world. Manufacturing is still leading the innovation charge, but non-manufacturing material movement use-cases are close behind. Regardless of the sector, best-in-class users have understood the importance of adding cobots to their digitized operation continuity efforts but also anticipate the complexity of the endeavor.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Development of the smart connected robot system
  • The cobot intelligence that offers flexibility
  • Configuration systems that train collaborative robots
  • How cobots are getting networked
  • The future of robot capabilities

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Status of 3D Printing with Metal

Live Date: February 27, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In the last few years, 3D printing with metals has exploded. Conventional powder bed fusion metal AM technologies (laser and e-beam) have continuously evolved with great advances in capabilities and materials. Hybrid methods that incorporate conventional CNC machining and additive manufacturing have been developed around Directed Energy Deposition and Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing methods. More recently several new metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have emerged, including binder jetting, material extrusion, material jetting, vat photopolymerization, and cold spray.

During this webinar, Joe Strauss from HJE will examine each of these metal AM technologies. He will describe the processes and their capabilities, covering relative cost, build size, metals processed, tolerances, and surface finishes.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Technical descriptions of current metal AM technologies
  • Relative equipment costs
  • Process capabilities: Build size, metals processed, tolerances

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Introduction to Parts Feeding – Parts Singulation for Robot Automation

Live Date: February 19, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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If you have an assembly application and need to build parts, chances are, you will need parts feeding. From bowl feeders to vibratory feeders, there are many solutions available today. Figuring out which one to go with can be daunting. With nearly 4 decades of automation experience, Epson Robots has the expertise to walk you through the process and explain the various feeder types available in the market. We will also take you through areas to consider and how to get started.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to select the right parts feeder
  • Industry Trends
  • Getting to know the essentials
  • Pitfalls to avoid

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Intro to Desktop 3D Printing: Compare FDM, DLP, SLS, and SLA Technology

Live Date: January 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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When evaluating in-house 3D printing technology it’s important to evaluate four considerations: setting up a print file, print process mechanism, post-processing, and maintenance and scalability.
In this webinar, you’ll gain the foundation you need to start speaking the language of 3D printing.

Learn how parts created from various printing technologies differ across functionality and appearance, and how these differences impact product development and production workflows for engineers and manufacturers.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Where the true value in 3D printing ultimately lies and what you should be focusing on.
  • Pros and cons of the print process mechanisms between four 3D printing technologies. 
  • Compare the time it takes for printing, cleaning up, curing, and removing support of parts between technologies.
  • The hidden knowledge it takes to maintain a printer and the costs for expanding.

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Creating Cost-Effective Extruded Aluminum Component Solutions

Live Date: November 20, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Cost is a huge importance when developing or updating products. The tricky part is estimating where to cut cost. Will the cheaper component really lead to the most cost-effective solution? Or will the more costly compenent lead you to the overall lowest cost result?

This webinar will discuss the cost structure of extruded aluminum components, and suggest strategies leading to the most optimized and cost-efficient result.  We’ll explore the cost alternatives in profile design and fabricating the resultant extrusion to get a cost-efficient solution.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Understand what elements contribute to the cost of extruded aluminum components
  • Learn how your design decisions impact those cost elements
  • See what design features you can incorporate to improve cost effectiveness
  • Learn how fabrication can improve cost control … and often lower cost!

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Force and Pressure Sensors Critical for IoT Success

Live Date: November 14, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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As the Internet of Things moves into the home, office and factory, engineers need a broader array of sensor-based solutions. This webinar will look at those solutions, ranging from simple encoders and proximity sensors to temperature and pressure sensors, as well as cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes and more. The webinar will also examine a wide range of applications, including medical devices, consumer products, and factory floor machinery.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Understand the importance of force sensing in medical, consumer and industrial IOT applications
  • Learn the basics of force and pressure sensors and platforms
  • Discover how to implement force/pressure sensors in system design and test

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Software Tools for Fast and Reliable Product Selection

Live Date: October 30, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Choosing the products best suited for your application requirements can be complicated and time consuming.  Instead of relying on manual calculations and general rules of thumb, software tools are a great way to quickly and confidently select products and even simulate their performance in a specific application.  In this webinar you will learn about software tools for sizing pneumatic cylinders and valves, and simulating their performance.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Know what information to gather before getting started with selecting products
  • Understand how to size pneumatic cylinders and valves
  • Realize how software tools can simplify the design process

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Aerospace and the Military Push New Robot Capabilities

Live Date: October 29, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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The US military is expected to spend more than a billion dollars in the next five years on robotic research and deployment. Commercially, the aerospace industry is scrambling to fill billions of dollars of backlog. One of the obvious solutions for both: intelligent, connected, traditional, collaborative and autonomous robotics.

Over the coming years we are likely to see significant advances in robot capabilities due to the investments in robotics from the military and the aerospace industry. This webinar will delve into some of the potential uses, applications, technologies, and innovations and that is offered by military and aerospace robotics and automation.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Why the military and aerospace industry are investing so heavily in robotics.
  • What robot capabilities are most important to the military and aerospace industry.
  • How will advances from the military and aerospace affect the robot industry?
  • What can we expect to see in the future of robotics?

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Introduction to the Smart Insides of Collaborative Robots

Live Date: October 3, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Robots are getting smarter, safer, and easier to use due to advances in their components. IDC projects that by 2020, 45% of newly installed robots will be equipped with intelligent features. These intelligent robots include sophisticated motion control, motors, microcontrollers, and sensors.

This webinar will explore the advanced technology that drives today’s fixed, mobile, and collaborative robots. We will dive into the advances in motors, motion control systems, microcontrollers, power systems, and sensors. Join us for an introduction to the future of robot capabilities.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Development of the smart connected robot system
  • The key components behind robot/human interfaces
  • Configuration systems that train collaborative robots
  • Robot intelligence that offers flexibility
  • The exciting future of robot capabilitiessound

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Production 3D Printing with Carbon® DLS

Live Date: September 19, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Protolabs has partnered with Carbon 3D by officially adding Carbon 3D’s Digital Light Synthesis™ technology to its production-grade 3D printing portfolio in the Americas. This webinar will explore the technology, materials, and mechanical properties of Carbon DLS technology. We will identify when to choose Carbon DLS technology for your parts, and how it will impact your production. Bringing our Stereolithography, SLS, and Injection Molding expertise to the conversation, we will give an overview of how Carbon DLS can be best leveraged for your production parts. 

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Identify material properties and surface finishes
  • Explore the speed and accuracy of the printer
  • Undestand prototyping vs Production capabilities
  • Compare other 3D printing technologies
  • Compare Carbon DLS to injection molding

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