Next week, RapidMade celebrates its first full year in our Tigard facility! It's hard to believe it's been a year already. The plant has undergone many improvements since we first moved in. Our team has reorganized the shop's lay out to improve work flow and ensure our engineers, industrial designers, 3D printers, HAAS CNC and thermoformer have ample room to produce lots of parts, prototypes, tools and forms.
- 3D print preparation
- 2D to 3D conversions
- Design for manufacturing conversions
- Contract design work
- Custom design
- Product design
- Conceptual design
- Proof-of-concept design
- Design for manufacturing
- Stress analysis
- Motor/actuator sizing and selection
- File Conversions
- Existing part to 3D CAD
- 3D scan to parametric CAD model
- Manufacturing drawings
- Machine layouts
- User manuals
- On-site installation
The popularity of Industrial Design, also known as Product Design, has accelerated due, in part, to a new wave of designers and advances in technology, materials, processes, and capabilities which has dramatically improved the design options available to clients. Working closely with Engineers, Industrial Designers are trained on function, aesthetics, ergonomics, anthropometrics, and manufacturing processes to provide you with the best “working” concepts from sketches, to renderings, to CAD models that create your final product.
RapidMade recently expanded its capabilities by including Industrial Design into our Product Design Process. In doing so, this lets us help our clients move from product conceptualization to launch much faster and more efficiently with better end results.
When clients first come to RapidMade, sometimes they have a complete design ready to be made, but often they only have an idea of what they want. Introducing our new Industrial Design capabilities is a critical step toward helping the customers make their vision a reality.
Once a client completes a Quick Quote, we will arrange a meeting with our team of engineers and designers to discuss your concept. Our Industrial Designer then works with you to create multiple rough 2D sketches for the conceptual form that evolves into a final realistic 2D rendering (that you may keep). When you choose a final form, we add additional aesthetics. These can be anything from color, to contour lines, or personal brands and logos to get your finalized look. Our engineers then take this design you and our Industrial Designer created and make a CAD model with your specific dimensions, which is used to 3D print a prototype. We work with you on any additional iterations and source the final manufacturing for you.
As you plan last-minute expenditures for 2016, please remember RapidMade can complete most projects in days, not weeks.
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.
The RapidMade Team
Instant coffee is popular in the U.K. where it accounts for as much as 77% of coffee bought for home consumption. After all, the electric kettle, a standard appliance in the British home, is equally adept at boiling water for a "cuppa," whether it be tea or coffee. This may be surprising to readers in a country of coffee purists which consumes just 7% instant coffee at home (http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26869244).
In a likely attempt to make its instant coffee more hip, NESCAFE perked up its American packaging by offering 200 limited edition, 3D printed alarm caps "with seven different alarm tones synchronized with light to create a natural awakening experience for coffee lovers." The novelty was created by Publicis Mexico Innovation Lab and NOTlabs.
“Although NESCAFÉ was the first instant coffee and market leader with several innovations, it had never done anything revolutionary with its packaging. Since NESCAFÉ wanted something unprecedented to mark the occasion, a reusable cap combining industrial design, packaging design and unique user experience came to be.”
Adding a new twist to the ordinary cap involved additive manufacturing of the exteriors on an SLS printer and the interiors on a Makerbot. To top it off, the "cap’s interface combines an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen, a four-way joystick and runs on an Arduino-compatible platform."
Now that's an eye opener...