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."

3D Printing, Manufacturing and Engineering

RapidMade's services now include:


Product Design and Engineering

  • Simple static part design to fully automated mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Design for prototyping and manufacture
  • In-house prototyping capabilities for faster iterations and overnight customer feedback
  • 2D and 3D drawings, tolerance and other manufacturing specifications, technology transfer and patent application documentation, equipment manuals, FDA and other compliance as well as other specialized engineering work

Rapid Prototyping

  • 3D printing, quick-turn machining, traditional metal and plastic forming, short-run castings
  • Thermoset and thermoplastic manufacturing, hard and soft metals, composites available
  • Full-color concept models, functional prototypes, assembly and embedded electronics
  • Quotes generally in under 24 hours, parts in days

Contract Manufacturing

  • Production quantities ranging from one to tens of thousands
  • A multitude of available manufacturing processes 
  • Expertise in selecting the right manufacturing process for you
  • Personalized attention to detail and top quality customer service
  • Tooling and part library for easy re-orders

3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering

  • Extremely high accuracy 3D digitization of parts as a reproducible STL file
  • Available reverse engineering to create fully defined parametric files and 2D dimensioned drawings
  • Inspection of manufactured goods to identify deviation from the original design
  • Full-color scans also available

Industrial Pattern and Toolmaking

  • Highly accurate tools in days, not months - at a lower cost
  • Patterns and tools available for all standard manufacturing processes: Injection molding, urethane casting, sand and investment casting, sheet metal stamping, plastic forming and much more
  • Additional finishing capabilities available

Displays, Exhibits and Promotions

  • Full color 3D printing can be done as quickly as under 24 hours
  • Print directly from renderings in CAD or BIM modeling software
  • Great for architecture, store display and marketing customers
  • Very fine feature detail and beautiful aesthetic quality

Finishing and Coating

  • A wide range of finish options including paint, powder coat, plating, media blast, tumbling and much more
  • Clear coat and dyed plastic available for cost effective finishing of prototypes and manufactured goods

Injection molds shouldn't take months to get...

  • Production Quotes in 1 - 3 Business Days. Tooling and Samples in 5 Weeks or Less.
  • Design, Engineer, Prototype and Manufacture All in One Place.
  • Full Expedited Production Orders in 4 Weeks or Less.
  • Get the Best Price and Quality Plastic Parts With RapidMade.

RapidMade Advantages Include:

  • Design and production for embedded stock and custom components including: Circuit boards, lights, mechanical components, clear windows and magnifiers, locks, springs, fasteners, and much more.
  • Extensive experience prototyping and testing precise mechanical assemblies.
  • In house assembly for complicated projects.
  • One stop design, prototyping and manufacture limits exposure to risk between suppliers.
  • Streamlined development brings your product to market faster.
  • Iterative testing with customer approval every step of the way ensures you get the product you envisioned.
  • Hundreds of available mold finishes and textures.
  • Wide range of standard plastics options including ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon, Polyethylene, Polypropylene and composites. Custom plastics available on request.
  • Over 70 years of engineering and manufacturing experience will exceed your expectations.

While the hype around 3D printing may be a bit overblown, there are genuine reasons for businesses to take notice.  Early adopters have had great success, and not just in rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.  Additive manufacturing now allows mass customization and provides these benefits:

  • Accelerate your speed-to-market
  • Meet the needs of more customers
  • Create novel products not possible until now.
  • Find unique production solutions for quantities as low as 1 - 1,000
  • Lower your costs - while being more environmentally responsible
  • Simplify - and localize - your supply chains
  • Create unique marketing tools
  • Capture increased market share

Learn more.

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.

 

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Complex Parts

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.

Metal Components

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:

Phone: 503 943 2781 |  Email: info@rapidmade.com    

Web: http://www.rapidmade.com/quick-quotes/

Inconel 625, a nickel-based alloy is said to be the first single metal alloy for 3D printing industrial applications at greater than 99 per cent density according to ExOne which creates the metal using its binder jetting technology.

Inconel 625 is commonly used for components in the aerospace, chemical and energy sectors, with applications including gas turbine blades, filtration and separation, heat exchanger and moulding processes. The metal is considered desirable thanks to its oxidation and corrosion-resistant qualities and its ability to retain its strength in extreme environments.  

The alloy, which was developed by ExMAL, ExOne's R&D arm, is scheduled to be released sometime in June.  This introduction supports ExOne's strategy of qualifying at least two new industrial materials each year.  Of particular interest, it has reportedly seen promising results in its attempts to develop a titanium-based material.

 

 

Lux Research reported that growth in the 3D printing market will likely reach $12 billion in 2015.

According to Lux's model, printers alone will be worth $3.2 billion, while $2 billion will represent formulated materials; $7 billion will come from the value of parts produced. "Consumer uses of 3D printing attract most of the headlines, but industrial uses, from molds and tooling to actual production parts, are quietly having the greatest impact," said Anthony Vicari, Lux Research Associate and the lead author of the report, How 3D Printing Adds Up: Emerging Materials, Processes, Applications, and Business Models.

But processing speed and material costs will likely slow adoption rates.  Lux observes that the "razor/blade" strategy is being employed by 3D printer companies that sell materials with mark ups of between 10 - 100 times.  While the prototyping market could absorb those costs - the design versatility and speed of additive manufactured prototypes offset material prices - printing parts (which are often already price sensitive) may not be feasible unless those components cannot be produced using traditional manufacturing.  And 3D printers' machine warranties make it difficult for owners to switch to lower priced alternatives.  Perhaps, as more OEMs are attracted to the industry, competition will result among material suppliers as well.