Come join us for a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, next Friday, March 17...

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The Current and Future State of Advanced and Additive Manufacturing

Advanced and Additive Manufacturing (AM) has seen an explosion in investment, growth, and development in the last decade. For metals alone, AM means a shift from mold-based component concepts and the constraints that go with them to rapid iteration, development of ideas with full geometric freedom. Advantages include faster processing times, lower-cost components, and a level of design freedom that is so far unheard of. The main forces behind this momentum include the automotive, medical technology, and aerospace industries. Come hear a short presentation on the current and future state of this amazing technology. 

Our Speaker: 
Kristofer Beem- Business Development Director. Kristofer has a degree in Entrepreneurial Business and is one of the first four members of RapidMade, Inc. He has a combination of ten years of sales and marketing experience in B2B and B2C environments. His working knowledge of 3D printing and additive technologies enable him to quickly work with clients in a collaborative manner. In the past five years, he has built a strong client base of almost 400, including several Fortune 500 clients, and globally renowned brands. 
 
What: The Current and Future State of Advanced and Additive Manufacturing When: Friday March 17th, 2017 11:30 – Doors open, Lunch – order from Sidebar menu 12:00 – 1:00 Presentation

Where: Sidebar – 3901 N. Williams Ave  

Cost:  Free entrance, order lunch off Sidebar menu RSVP: Space is limited. 

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AuthorRenee Eaton

To create or improve products, engineers rely on a number of proven approaches which include CAD Work, 3D Design, Industrial Design, Technical Analysis, Reverse Engineering, and Technical Documentation.  Learn more about how RapidMade can help.

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CAD Work

  • 3D print preparation
  • 2D to 3D conversions
  • Design for manufacturing conversions

    3D Design

    • Contract design work
    • Custom design
    • Product design
    • Conceptual design
    • Proof-of-concept design
    • Design for manufacturing

    Industrial Design

    • Aesthetics
    • Use-ability
    • Ergonomics
    • Anthropometrics
    • Research

    Technical Analysis

    • Stress analysis
    • Motor/actuator sizing and selection

    Reverse Engineering

    • File Conversions
    • Existing part to 3D CAD
    • 3D scan to parametric CAD model

    Technical Documentation

    • Manufacturing drawings
    • Machine layouts

    Training

    • User manuals
    • On-site installation

    Before starting RapidMade, Renee Eaton worked in higher education teaching management classes and career counseling at Oregon universities for almost a decade.  While she loves the world of 3D printing, engineering, product design and additive manufacturing, she sometimes misses working with college students.

    Last week, she had an opportunity to return to the classroom.  Each year, at her youngest daughter's school, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Renee presents an Interviewing Skills Workshop to its Senior class.  In addition to giving back to the community, Renee gets  to practice her own interviewing skills - which she put to good use this past year.  An added bonus was the event's timing which coincided with the horrendous Portland snow and ice storms.  She's calling it Karma.

     

     

    Braving the ice and rain, RapidMade joined other manufacturers and suppliers at this week's Northwest Food and Beverage Manufacturers Expo and Conference.  The Expo is a familiar event for RapidMade's management team which has more than 40 years of experience in food processing and material handling as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), engineer, manufacturer and 3D printer.

    OEMs turn to RapidMade for our engineering design services.  Once equipment is operational, using our engineering staff and additive manufacturing allows food processors to 3D scan, reverse engineer and produce components - either using 3D printing or traditional manufacturing.

    Held annually, the Expo offers "leading-edge educational sessions with the largest regional trade show in the industry."

    RapidMade Accelerates Pace and Elevates Quality of Product Launch

    Injection Molding Case Study

    3D Printing, or Rapid Prototyping as it is also known, is a much faster and cost effective solution for testing and perfecting digital designs. Its ability to fabricate parts overnight without any direct labor, programming or tooling means 3D printing technologies carry many advantages over traditional technologies like injection molding for short turns and small-batch production.

     Sometimes 3D printing only goes so far when developing and manufacturing products in their early stages. In those instances, Rapid Injection Molding can take products to the finish line.

    An American-made LED light bulb manufacturer engineered a version that was bigger and brighter than its competition.  The company quickly learned that RapidMade's injection molding expertise could test, validate and even manufacture its light bulbs in ways that 3D Printing simply could not match.

    RapidMade accelerates the typical injection molding process by providing a short cut between prototyping and production tooling. After the rapid prototyping client finalizes its product for injection molding, RapidMade creates a cheaper and better solution by making pre-final tooling out of aluminum. This option allows customers get to market sooner than other injection mold processes and helps gain customer feedback to improve products. Getting a product to market sooner generates more revenue to invest in further product development and long-term tooling. 

     Material

    Since the customer didn't know what the final material of the bulb should be, cutting the mold and testing multiple materials, including different grades of ABS and Polycarbonate, helped pinpoint the final material and even helped estimate eventual mass manufacturing costs. Additionally, electronics products must go through rigorous UL testing to ensure consumer safety before the product can be sold in stores.

    Color and clarity are other traits vital to the lighting industry.  Because 3D printers must run manufacturing-grade material that is unadulterated, optimizing these characteristics can be difficult. With injection molding, however, one can custom blend different clear and opaque pigments with clear plastic to prototype different levels of clarity and color. So the company could test very specific color profiles to perfect its formula in the final product.

     Finish

    Finish is extremely important when working with lighting, as well as other consumer products. A matte finish diffuses light at a very different rate than a polished one. Due to the layered nature, inherent in the 3D printing process, even the highest detail machines will have some level of surface striation. Additionally, most filament or powder technologies will have a very rough finish beyond the layer lines. Achieving custom finishes requires polishing, sanding, and painting of each individual unit, making it is extremely labor intensive and expensive.

    Alternatively, injection molding shoots molten plastic into a cavity which picks up the texture of that cavity. That means one only needs to finish a mold once to get repetitive shots of that finish. And molds can be polished and textured to prototype a variety of finishes before settling on the desired one.

    Volume

    A light bulb is a relatively low-cost consumer good. These goods are meant to be sold in large volume at low cost. Tooling to produce those volumes inexpensively enough can take months to make and require high upfront investment. Many businesses are interested in small and medium-batch options that are more cost effective and higher quality than 3D printing to excite investors, test markets and stoke demand. 

     The company secured a prototyping option with relatively little upfront investment that served as a bridge tool to get actual product out into the marketplace. Aside from the aforementioned quality concerns, this could not have been cost effectively achieved with 3D printing; one cannot sell a light bulb where the housings cost $38 to the manufacturer. Creating large volumes of parts on a 3D Printer can also take much longer than injection molding, making it harder to fill orders. Injection Molding can really provide exceptional value to early-stage manufacturers when producing runs of hundreds or thousands of parts for low cost very quickly.

     

    As you plan last-minute expenditures for 2016, please remember RapidMade can complete most projects in days, not weeks.  

    We offer: 

    • Rapid prototyping & design engineering services

    • Low-volume production: 3D-printed parts, tools, patterns & molds

    • Reproduced obsolete parts with reverse engineering & 3D scanning as needed

    • To-scale architectural, sales & training models; cutaways showing internal components are optional

    • Promotional items including customized ornaments, awards & business card holders

    Just in time for the Holidays, we are introducing our new Thermoforming technology for your Prototyping & finished product needs.

    Then let us help you ring in the New Year!  We've expanded our Engineering Services to include:

    • Product design & integration

    • Standard equipment customization

    • Training & user manual development

    • On-site installation & training

    • Specialized tooling & part design/manufacture

    It's been a great year, and we have our wonderful customers to thank for it.

    Happy Holidays! 

    The RapidMade Team

      

    Our friends at Direct Dimensions in Owings Mills, Maryland, will be "creating a 3D CAD model" of the Roberto Clemente Bridge in our hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The resulting files will then be used to create 3D prints of the bridge for an upcoming RAPID + TCT show being held in Pittsburgh in May.

    Pittsburgh, long recognized for its sports accomplishments, is becoming well known as a Center of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing as well.



     

    On Thursday, October 20, the University of Portland will be hosting its Operations & Tech Management Symposium from 4 - 7 PM in Shiley Atrium.

    Join us for thought-provoking discussion led by industry leaders followed by networking reception. Meet the speakers and connect with movers and shakers in the operations and technology management field.
    Don’t miss this inaugural event!

    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Fred Pond, former CIO Columbia Sportswear
    • PANELISTS –
      Chris DeGallier, CGD Owner; Greg Martin, Knowledge Universe CIO; Jimmy Godard, Bank of America VP Senior Change; Renee Eaton, Rapidmade CEO; Rick McClain, Milwaukee Electronics COO, Derek Weiss, VP, Deputy CIO Cambia Health Solutions and Wilson Zorn, Adidas Sr. Enterprise Architect.

    Agenda:

    • Registration/Welcome
    • Keynote Speaker – Fred Pond, CIO Columbia Sportswear
    • Guest Speaker – Jackie Baretta, CIO Willamette University
    • Panel Discussion Moderated by: Lisa McCaffrey (see “Speakers” for panel bios)
    • Networking Reception

    Event Details:

    • When: Thursday, October 20th 2016, 4-7PM
    • Where:  University of Portland – Shiley Hall (Atrium)
    • Parking: FREE (main campus parking lot)
    • General Admission: $35 (includes “Primal Teams” book by Jackie Baretta, reception appetizers and drink)
    • Student Admission: $15 (includes “Primal Teams” book by Jackie Baretta, reception appetizers and drink)

    RapidMade was recently honored to be featured in an Intel IT Peer Network article that detailed our company's growth strategy. Below is an excerpt...

    If there are four types of entrepreneurs, the folks at RapidMade would be the Opportunists. Five years ago, the founders were intrigued by the concept of 3-D printing — not much advanced beyond proof of concept at the time — and decided they wanted to become experts in the technology. They didn’t know much about it, and they had no idea where RapidMade fit into the market. But they knew this technology was positioned to become big, and they knew they had an opportunity.

    Five years later, the Portland, Oregon-based 3-D printing company has outgrown its 650-square-foot office. Their clients include inventors and Fortune 100 companies, and a cast of mechanical engineers, industrial engineers, machinists, and more comprise the company’s 14 employees. Machines operate around the clock. They needed considerable processing power, which was provided via the latest Intel® Core™ processors.
    The small business’s focus is still opportunity: more robust in-house processes, accepting more sales, and ramping up for more business. Part of this thrust includes organizing sales territories and creating a larger national presence, as well as continued investment in machinery.

    Being in the right industry at the right time might account for some of RapidMade’s growth, but their efforts to discover new opportunities to educate themselves and their customers have really driven success. ‘If people have a vision for what they want,’ Beem says, ‘the processes take care of themselves.’

    RapidMade especially enjoys working on projects designed to improve the lives of others.  And we are thrilled when we get to see them "in action."  Recently SweetSense asked us to 3D print SLS parts that were used to produce remote sensors in Kenya that allow residents to better maintain water supplies and sanitary latrines.  

    According to Taylor Sharpe, SweetSense is a "social enterprise" that is a spin-off of the Portland State SWEET Lab and partners with other agencies to provide high-tech solutions to problems faced by residents in developing countries.  

    ...in one case monitoring boreholes (deep water pumps that service 100s to 1000s of people) in Isiolo and Turkana counties in Kenya; and in the other case helping manage collection routines and operator issues of Sanergy Fresh Life latrines in the Mukuru informal settlements outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

    For one of its initiatives, it has partnered with Sanergy to produce a

    rugged enclosure that contains an occupancy sensor and am RFID reader, to respectively estimate the fill level of latrines before conversion to fertilizer and to give Fresh Life Operators a direct line of contact with Sanergy HQ in the case of emergencies.

    In another, the Sat Spacer, SweetSense worked with Kenya RAPID...

    RapidMade parts were used to allow SweetSense to provide satellite-based monitoring in areas with no cellular coverage.
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    AuthorRenee Eaton