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

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BY THE NUMBERS

17.4 million: Jobs supported by manufacturing in the United States

12: The percentage of manufacturing in the nation's GDP

$77,000: The average salary of manufacturing workers

$60,000: The average salary of entry-level manufacturing engineers

17: The percent of Americans who view manufacturing as a viable career choice

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology, courtesy of Orange Count Register

My parents and brothers own a small box-making plant in Pittsburgh. When I was young, we would play in the scrap piles, sweep the floors, and do odd jobs to pass the time while our parents worked.  Because of this unique experience - and because Pittsburgh was a major steel producer - I knew that manufacturing was a good career choice - if you could get the work.  Unfortunately, it earned a bad reputation in the 70s, 80s, and 90s as more companies offshored and consolidated their production facilities.  I myself left the field to teach when I had to oversee Nabisco's Pittsburgh plant closing.

This experience is one reason I'm very excited about Additive Manufacturing (3D printing).  It uses advanced technology, requires high-skilled labor and conserves raw materials... things I hope will attract another generation of U.S. makers... but first, this generation will need to learn the skills required to design, scan and make 3D printed prototypes, parts, tools and models. Increasingly, schools, like some in Orange County, recognize the importance of ensuring enough workers have those skills.

According to Orange County Register reporter Tomoya Shamira, the Dean of the UC Irvine School of Engineering Dr. George Washington describes his students' experiences,

"Students at UCI receive training in a host of additive manufacturing technologies such as selective laser sintering and stereolithography."  

And this is fueling an interest in manufacturing... 

"CI engineering professor Marc Madou said 3D printing is helping young people become interested in manufacturing, partly because they can turn their design into a physical model quickly."

But not all jobs will require an engineering degree which highlights the need to partner with local community colleges as well...

"While advanced technologies are changing the manufacturing landscape, there’s growing demand for experienced welders and machinists as U.S. companies are bringing their manufacturing back home. Two-thirds of manufacturers said they couldn’t find qualified workers, according to a survey conducted by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting."

 

Bentley makes to scale models in hours instead of weeks to validate designs and increase time to market.  

“We can simulate what a car is actually going to look like and show our bosses absolute reality.”

 – Kevin Baker, Design Model Manager.

This  helps speed up the approval process and make sure the concept of the design is perfect before investing too much time and money in working on flawed individual components.

Check out the video below and remember that you don't have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment to get the same models and prototypes that Bentley makes in house if you contact RapidMade!