Two articles published about RapidMade in two days... maybe we need a Press Secretary (just kidding). Here's an excerpt from the Portland Tribune story:
"Micah Chaban and Kristofer Beem, operations manager and business development manager at Southwest Portland-based RapidMade Inc., are following a different model. In fact, they can’t talk about much of their work developing and printing 3-D prototypes because most of their clients insist on strict nondisclosure agreements.
“You name a large company in town, and we’ve done business with them,” Beem says. Hewlett-Packard, Under Armour and Daimler are clients. Most of RapidMade’s work involves prototyping. They get digital files sent from manufacturers who want to display a small model of their product and RapidMade can produce them quickly and relatively cheaply.
Chaban and Beem are especially excited about the products they can help clients design and produce that simply could not be created using traditional manufacturing that relies on molds or sculpting away bits of mass.
The RapidMade offices are full of intricate products that look like 3-D versions of M.C. Escher paintings. One is a latticed curtain with tiny pieces of plastic linked together inside other chain mail-like curtains. Another is a cube with dozens of shapes wrapping around one another but never touching each other inside.
“That’s the whole big deal,” Chaban says. “This didn’t exist before. There was no way to make it. You can design from the inside out.” "
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