Today, it is too easy for firms to become dangerously dependent upon their suppliers. Imagine that a key distributor goes out of business or a critical supplier stops making spare parts. What happens when your supplier has your tooling, and you need to modify it? When your machine breaks down, and you need to replace the part, you don’t want to learn repairs are no longer possible - orders are backing up; production is at a standstill, and you are stuck scrambling to find an alternative. Even if you find another supplier or new equipment, you’ve already spent considerable time and money, something every business and entrepreneur has little to spare.
Now imagine an insurance policy that guarantees that no matter how old the part or obscure the producer, you know that the part can be made and the job can get done with little delay. How? Scanning and converting parts and products into digital 3D images reduces your dependence on unresponsive suppliers.
Digitization allows companies to:
Create a catalog library or parts inventory.
Find spare or obsolete parts.
Reverse engineer an existing product or part.
Replicate a new product.
Rapidmade, renowned for its 3D printing, scanning services and engineering capabilities, efficiently and effectively renders these services for Fortune 50 and small start ups alike.
Why use us?
Professional 3D laser scanners are able to capture fine details and are not susceptible to issues with reflection, thickness, and color.
Our software can accurately smooth and sculpt the part allowing you to have consistent quality.
We ensure that there are no errors and can often print the part for assurance.
Rapidmade offers cost effective and competitive pricing schemes that include a quantity discount: having multiple parts scanned at the same time allows us to offer an inexpensive 3d scanning option.
Having a digital parts catalog liberates you from unresponsive suppliers. You insure your assets; why not ensure that your business is safe by digitizing critical parts?
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Come see RapidMade at PSU's Business Accelerator Company 11th Annual Showcase. We are officially graduating from the program tonight, Monday, May 18 at 5:15!
Here's the agenda:
Doors at 4pm
Pitch group 1: 4:30pm
Pitch Group 2 & Company Awards: 5:15pm
Pitch Group 3: 6:00pm
In 3D Printing each technology is vastly different and serves a specific purpose. Last month, we introduced our Fortus 250mc capable of producing production strength ABS parts. Today, I'd like to highlight our Objet30 Pro. Its superior resolution is ideal for prints that require high detail, smooth surfaces, thin walls, and pre-fabricated assemblies for quick-turn, life-like prototypes of goods, electronics, devices and models.
The Objet30 Pro can build objects as large as 11.81 × 7.87 × 5.9" and print the following high resolution materials:
- Acrylic (Clear, White, Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple and Orange)
- Polypropylene-like materials with high flexibility for snap fits and living hinges
- RDG525 high temperature material
The Objet30 Pro uses PolyJet technology whch is similar to inkjet 2D printing. But instead of jetting ink onto paper, PolyJet 3D Printers jet 16 micron thick layers of liquid plastic onto a build tray and cures them with light with ultra high surface detail.
You may have noticed that we always name our machines for good luck. Our Objet30 Pro is affectionately called Orphea which means "beautiful voice" in Old Greek. Listening to Orphea's humming as she works is certainly music to our ears.
The Crowdcow is a vivid example of 3D printing's ability to convey educational concepts in a concrete, understandable way that utilizes more of our senses. It allows one to literally capture his or her imagination. Many firms have asked RapidMade to help them educate clients, patients and students with hand-held replicas of body parts, industrial equipment and commercial products. The life-sized cow? That was "utterly" fun .
Anyone who has experienced facial scarring can appreciate the pain and embarrassment that often accompanies the disfigurement, no matter how minor. After four relatively simple surgeries to reduce the scarring and improve the shape of my nose, I am still sensitive about how it looks - but then I read the following story in 3dprint.com which described the medical miracle of a man who got a new face - and lease on life - through 3D printing. To say it put things into perspective would be an understatement...
Until recently, most prostheses have been functionally or cosmetically lacking. (I remember a patient who had lost her lower jaw to disease, and she had a basic plastic cup that just sat where her jaw had been). Now, 3D scanning, modeling and printing are achieving lifelike results that closely match the recipient's existing features.
Keith Londsdale is one such beneficiary of medical additive manufacturing. His son, Scott, worked with Jason Watson, a Reconstructive Scientist at Nottinghams' Queen's Medical Center, to create a prosthetic that incorporated Scott's features to ensure a familial likeness.
Imagine the day when such prostheses are bio printed using living skin cells.
RapidMade was honored this Month to attend Ninkasi Brewing's Ground Control Launch Celebration. If you recall, we had the privilege of designing and 3D printing the container used to launch 16 strains of yeast into outer space...
Imagine being among the first to taste the limited-edition "Ground Control, an Imperial Stout fermented with an ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back!" Ground Control officially launched onto store shelves around the country on April 13.
If you missed this event, Ninkasi is hosting another this Friday, April 24 in Seattle, Washington:
Want to taste Ground Control and see Ninkasi artists Vokab Kompany,Gayle Skidmore AND Haunted Summer at our Space Oddity Ball? (Answer: yes, yes you do!) Hit up @NinkasiInSpace on twitter. We're giving away tickets all week!
RapidMade recently welcomed a new addition to its production line: the Fortus 250mc. Franklin (as it is affectionately known) allows us to rapidly produce end-use parts, manufacturing tooling and durable prototypes in production-grade thermoplastic ABS.
- Utilizes Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology
- Has a print bed of 10x10x12" (254x254x305 mm)
- Capable of producing three layer thicknesses: .007, .010 and .013" (.178, .254, and .330 mm)
- Can manipulate the strength, precision and appearance of parts with high accuracy (ie. aerospace quality prints)
Having recently endured wrist surgery on New Year's Eve, I was pleased to see this story (and not just because RapidMade prints 3D models)..
Doctors have again turned to 3D modeling and printing to assist them in a challenging surgery. This time, it was to fix a wrist injury which, unlike mine, couldn't be routinely repaired. A university student broke his hamate bone and fourth Metacarpel - a complication that created difficulties.
Dr. Rong's team took images from the patient's CT scans and used them to print the model pictured above. Having an exact replica of the broken bones, the surgeon was able to plan the surgery in advance which reduced operating room and anesthesia times. Shorter surgeries save hospitals money and less anesthesia improves patient outcomes.
Personally, I'm looking forward to widespread adoption of this technology... My own surgery took longer than planned because my wrist was worse than expected - there were bone fragments that had to be removed. As a result, the anesthesiologist had to fully sedate me, and I ended up spending New Year's Eve in the hospital - not a Happy start to 2015, so while I hope to never go through a similar procedure again, I'm heartened by the adoption of 3D printing.
Do you have the tools you need to support your customers? Can we help?
At RapidMade we specialize in providing fast response solutions to your one-off and low volume part needs. We use advanced 3D scanning, printing, engineering and manufacturing to help you solve those difficult problems.
Highly customized, unique and complex parts are a specialty. We have the engineering team to help you design.
Molds & Tooling
Replacement tooling and mold making? Using 3D technology we can turn that new tool around fast.
We work with your team to select the right material and technology to suit your needs.
Contact us today; let’s see how we can help you:
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Universities erecting new buildings have become commonplace these days, but UC Berkeley's recent installation of the "first and largest powder-based 3D printed cement structure built to date" made history.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Ronald Rael, graduate students used 11 3D Systems printers, spending more than a year to individually print and assemble 840 "iron oxide-free Portland cement polymer" blocks. One cool construction feature: the assembly instructions were printed onto the blocks. Once completed, the Bloom pavilion towered 9 feet and measured 12 feet by 12 feet.
The structure's design is both functional and aesthetic, yet its formulation may be most noteworthy. Dr. Rael, with support from the Siam Research and Innovation Co. Ltd., developed the printable cement compound.
Although the resulting structure may be beautiful, durable and lightweight, the production speed doesn't appear to compete with other cement-based printing methods such as the 10 Chinese printed units manufactured by Win Sun which were erected in a single day.
This story reminded me of my days at Nabisco. For a few years, I was the Baking Manager there. Making crackers the "old-fashioned" way could be tough enough, so I can't imagine 3D printing them on a large scale, especially not with seeds, spores and yeast inside that could later sprout and grow.
But that is exactly what Chloe Rutzerveld, a food designer, has achieved and chronicled in a movie that she made...
Based on my experience, printing the dough pieces wouldn't be dramatically different than some of the traditional manufacturing processes currently used. Neither would depositing the edible agar inside the crackers - depositors have been around for decades. (Agar application, however, would probably need to occur after baking to ensure it survived).
But how would this additive manufacturing approach work on a commercial scale? The product shelf life requirement would literally kill the brand - if not its consumers. At least for now, this is one idea that is best left to home-based printers and bakers. It certainly brings new meaning to the advertising slogan, "Anything Sits on a Ritz." But I have to admit, the pictures remind me of the Chia pets we had growing up as kids.
Additive manufacturing technologies are evolving at such a rapid pace that it sometimes feels like a full-time job keeping up with new innovations. Recognizing that each 3D printing process has its own strengths, weaknesses and applications, practitioners and researchers alike are inventing alternative methods "to get the job done." Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) is one of the more recent technologies to be adopted. The following is an excerpt from an article in Plant Services that describes UAM in greater detail...
"One of the newest alternatives to conventional metals and thermoplastics printing is the Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) process. Developed by Fabrisonic, this process takes thin metal foils on the order of 6 to 10 thousandths of an inch thick and typically 1 inch wide, and ultrasonically welds those together in a brick-laying pattern to build up a near-net-shape item.
" 'All of our machines are actually 3-axis CNC mills," says Mark Norfolk, President at Fabrisonic, "so we use the additive piece to get near-net shape, and the subtractive piece to get the exact-fit finished tolerance that you need out of the part. We’re welding with ultrasound, which is unique to our process and which happens essentially at room temperature, so we don’t have to worry about a lot of metallurgical interactions.' "
"The solid-state nature of the final printed product is a key advantage of the UAM process, as it bonds dissimilar metals without creating brittle inter-metallics (see Figure 2), and enables the embedding of electronic components including microprocessors, sensors, and telemetry into solid metal parts."
" 'For example, in aluminums, we see peak temperatures in the range of 200 °F, so we’re not changing the metal at all," says Norfolk. "We can also combine dissimilar materials since we’re doing this at so low a temperature. Taking ultrasound and vibrating the metals back and forth and essentially scrubbing off the oxide layer, with a little bit of temperature and a little bit of pressure, we get a solid-state metallurgical bond.' "
RapidMade believes it is important to promote STEM careers and what better way to prove Science, Math and Technology are cool than to 3D print a model heart based on a patient's own MRI? On Sunday, Kris Beem, Business Development Director, and Adam McGee demonstrated 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2X to students at Irvington School during its 'Bugs, Bytes and Beakers' program.
Parents led the event which included several interactive presentations such as rocket launching, snake handling and structural engineering. The K-5 crowd and their parents seemed to be very engaged in the afternoon's activities.
Kris captured an important educational goal of the program, "When we were growing up we were taught to think outside the box, but there's no box anymore." Unless. of course, the box is a 3D printer.
At RapidMade, there's nothing we enjoy more than designing and printing a creative solution to solve a client's challenge. So we like to follow stories that describe how 3D printing has improved someone's quality of life...
Noise in multi-unit dwellings is an ongoing source of annoyance. My daughter and her college suite mates are currently battling their RA about allegations that they make too much noise when they walk. While an extreme example, most of us can easily think of at least one time when traveling sound created neighborly conflict.
At least one researcher, Foteini Setaki, believes the answer relies on 3D printing custom
"sound absorbers... based on a principle called passive destructive interference or PDI. It’s the intimate relationship between geometry and acoustic performance that makes PDI absorbers work, and she uses advanced additive manufacturing techniques to build unique, freeform geometries to test and understand the acoustics underlying the performance of various materials and shapes."
Through these trials, Setaki hopes to apply the lessons learned to engineer sound absorbing barriers that are tailored to specific spaces such as lecture halls and gymnasiums.
Unfortunately, the timing won't solve my daughter's dilemma... maybe a cheap carpet will have to suffice.
RapidMade's 3D printing roots can be traced back to an 88-year-old patriarch who still works this - his birthday - and every day in 2D printing and box making. He taught us that starting a business was - and is - a path to a better life. And we learned that lesson at an early age. As children, we would play in the factory, sometimes doing odd jobs until age and experience allowed us to "graduate" to working on the various print and die-cutting machines. This was NOT additive manufacturing. The work could be hard, dirty, and monotonous.
It is a testament to Dan Unico that his wife, three of his four children, one son-in-law and one of his grandchildren (so far) has chosen manufacturing as a career. That is a legacy one can be proud of. Happy Birthday!
When my oldest was 5, he and I were invited to tour the Hershey factory - not the Hershey World tour but the plant itself. In what must have been a child's version of heaven on earth, he gazed in amazement as the massive vats of chocolate were stirred, the bars formed and the candy wrapped.
Soon visitors to Hershey World will be amazed in high tech fashion - they will be able to watch the CocoJet 3D printer custom print chocolate creations. In a sweet collaboration with 3D Systems, Hershey helped develop the printer which was no small feat. Having worked at Nabisco, I can imagine how challenging it would be to radically change the way food is processed - especially something as temperamental as chocolate - ensuring the same flavor, texture, quality on a consistent basis can be tough under normal circumstances.
Seeing the Coco Jet 3D printer in action would be worth the trip... maybe I can talk my son into joining me.
Interested in learning more about Oregon-based 3D printing Services? Then join us at:
Lunch with the Locals: an Introduction to 3D Printing Services in Oregon
Wednesday, February 18th
Show & Tell over lunch: 11 am to 1 pm
Open house at Peak Solutions (next door) till 3pm
0470 Southwest Hamilton Court
Portland, OR 97239
Free valet parking is included
Send all RSVPs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance is limited to 40 people, so send me RSVPs as you get them (assuming you guys are also promoting the event).