CAD files have a myriad of formats and corresponding file extensions (example: filename.extension.) With all those formats out there, what is best for you to use? CAD files for 3D printing generally fall into two categories: parametric files (equation driven files that are fully defined - i.e. a circle is actually a circle) and mesh files (made of points and triangles - i.e. a circle is thousands of tiny triangles.)  Here's a great guideline. to help you get started.

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

    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.



     

    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/