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.
It's important to remember that 3D printing is a means to an end, so we always have to ask ourselves, based on what a client wants to achieve, what's the best path to take to get there. Sometimes, the answer isn't 3D printing. One alternative is casting and mold making which is worth considering when you want:
- Low to medium part quantities - from 10s to 1000s
- Production-quality finishes with the look and feel of injection-molded parts
- To spend less -
- Typically lower unit costs than direct part printing
- Fraction of the tooling cost required for injection molding
- To cut lead time from months to weeks for tooling compared to injection molding
- To select:
- Food-grade and medical-grade materials
- Elastomers to rigid plastics ranging from 20A - 90D durometer
- Other materials such as silicone, plaster, concrete and other composites
- To create electronics housings, gaskets, cosmetic parts, displays and low volume production
To see if this approach is suitable for your project, check out these Design Guidelines.
Join us on Wednesday, June 27!
WiM Oregon is hosting a mini workshop and networking event on Wednesday, June 27! Renee Eaton, WiM Oregon Chair, RapidMade CEO and former management instructor, will facilitate a session where participants complete the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and explore how their preferred learning styles impact their approaches to problem solving, communication, conflict and team effectiveness. Attendees will also have time before and after to network and socialize. We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WiM member: $25
*Limited space available.
Thank you to our event sponsor!
What do custom dog helmets, human prosthesis, phone cases and machine parts have in common? They are being 3D printed overnight on an HP Jet Fusion at a fraction of the time and cost of older additive manufacturing technologies - without compromising quality...
- Lowest cost plastic (Vestosint PA-12)
- High strength
- Heat and chemical resistance
- Wide range of composites and polymers
- Structurally sound
Why compromise? Ask us how we can meet your prototyping and production needs.
It's always great to get back into the classroom! On Friday, RapidMade's CEO Renee Eaton participated in nConnect's Speed Networking event at Skyview High School in Vancouver. Students especially enjoyed seeing all of the 3D printed objects she brought. And they loved hearing how additive manufacturing is changing the fields of medicine, aerospace, marketing and manufacturing - and how important STEM professionals are to the industry's growth and success.
These events are always a lot of fun for presenters and participants. Based on the questions asked, there were many highly motivated first year students.
Afterward, Renee had a chance to meet the school's Manufacturing faculty and see their bank of desktop 3D printers.
Life is often filled with compromises. If you want something faster, you have to pay more or settle for less. If you don't want to pay a premium, then you have to wait or compromise on quality. Not any more...
The HP Jet Fusion's cutting-edge technology allows us to provide:
Superior surface finish, feature detail and mechanical properties to other printed plastics including Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Isotropic mechanical properties and fully dense parts ensure balanced strength and durability in every axis
High chemical and heat resistance
High part accuracy of +/-0.008"
VESTOSINT is a modified polyamide powder (Nylon, PA-12 - click here to see data sheet.)
Get durable, accurate and repeatable nylon products at or below machined and injection-molded prices - in a fraction of the time.
Let us show you how.
RapidMade's CEO Renee Eaton is very excited to be participating in SWENext DesignLab Portland 2018 which introduces and promotes STEM courses and careers to middle school girls and their parents. Renee will join other female professionals on the Parent/Educator Program.
What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially as wet and windy as this one is predicted to be!
Defox has launched its Periscope Case, a novel phone case that uses mirrors and straps to transform one's smartphone into a versatile, easy-to-use camera that enables active photography. Manufactured in Portland, Oregon, Defox is using RapidMade's new HP Jet Fusion 3D printer to produce the cases in sturdy nylon. Act now for the early bird discount!
RapidMade often has the privilege of working with some extremely innovative designers and entrepreneurs. We love collaborating with clients to fast track their ideas from conception to production. We never tire of seeing revolutionary products being 3D printed! One of our favorites is K9 Helm whose Trident helmets safeguard dogs committed to serve and protect others... If you love dogs, you will love this video and the company's credo...
I worked and lived in Maryland just as 3D printing was gaining public acclaim. There was a vibrant and supportive Additive Manufacturing community, centered in Baltimore, most often led by Jan Baum. An early adopter and advocate, Jan recognized the power of 3D printing to transform manufacturing, and she promoted its adoption as a way for Maryland to solidify its position as a premier manufacturing base that would allow it to offer high-skilled workers a secure income.
I'm pleased to see that Jan, the founder and director of Object Lab and a professor at Towson University, is still actively spreading this important message. Jan is one of the first (and most engaging) professionals I met during my tenure in Maryland. I loved that she was a female role model in a traditionally male field.
She'll be discussing "The Practice of Innovation" at the SOLVE Center on March 21 at 5 PM.
Join WiM Oregon for a Chapter Launch and Networking Event!
WiM Oregon is hosting its first event! Join WiM Oregon members as they promote WiM's newest Chapter at the Launch Party event. Hear Allison Grealis, President of WiM, speak about the work WiM does in supporting women across the manufacturing industry. This will be a great opportunity for local female manufacturing professionals and students to engage and network with women who have experience working in and with the manufacturing sector. The event will include dinner and a cash bar. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Laurelwood Brew Pub
5115 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
$20 for WiM members/nonmembers (this is special offer for nonmembers)
Dinner included with cost.
*Limited space available.
Feel free to contact RapidMade's CEO Renee Eaton, the chapter's president at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
We were living in Maryland just when interest in 3D printing was being fueled by technological breakthroughs and extensive media hype. A consortium of additive manufacturing advocates there preached its potential to accelerate business development if educators insured a ready and willing workforce. One locale heeding its message is Southern Maryland, home to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. To promote interest in STEM, NAS Pax River volunteers will host an event this Saturday at the Technology and Arts Expo at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
A featured attraction will be NAWCAD's FabLab:
The FabLab houses 3D printers, CNC mills and laser cutters and other prototyping equipment.
This region, nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent, is often better known for its access to the Chesapeake Bay than advanced technology - despite the expansive naval base. Hopefully these enthusiastic advocates will change that perception - almost makes me miss Maryland.
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.
Everyone talks about 3D printing as though it is a universal technology when, in fact, it is a family of technologies. While all processes build an object layer by layer - why it's called additive manufacturing - they use different materials and techniques.
If, for example, you want a 3D printed plastic, you can choose from HP Jet Fusion (Nylon), Selective Laser Sintering (Nylon), Fused Deposition Modeling (ABS), PolyJet (Acrylic and Polypropylene-like) or Large-Format printing (Epoxy-infused Acrylic).
For metals, you can choose from Direct Metal Laser Sintering (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Tool Steel and Titanium) or Printed Metal (Stainless Steel Bronze Alloy).
And if you want color, there's the ColorJet which prints in full-color composite.
A local group of Women in Manufacturing are launching an Oregon chapter of WiM. As part of the national organization, WiM Oregon will support, promote and inspire women who are pursuing or considering careers in manufacturing. We hope to encourage
As someone who literally grew up in a family-owned production plant, I was surprised - and disappointed - to discover how few females were in manufacturing when I graduated in the early 80s and started my management career in food processing. More shocking are recent statistics showing an erosion of the gains I witnessed then... A 2013 survey found the
According to SME,
These are statistics we hope to change. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact me at email@example.com.
Mold no more! For small and medium-batch production runs, slash cut part cost and accelerate delivery speed with HP Jet Fusion:
- No tooling costs
- Limitless iterations
- Design freedom
- Lower engineering costs
- Collapsed delivery timelines
- Production-quality parts
Contact us for a quote.
Every holiday season, purchasing agents and design engineers everywhere feel pressure to complete capital projects before they can celebrate the New Year. Who wants to forfeit hard-earned budget allocations because time constraints prevent delivery before the 2018 count down? Make your holidays happy instead.
Thanks to Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), year-end projects can be completed in days, not months. Services include:
- Rapid Prototyping
- 3D Scanning
- Production Parts
- Thermoformed Products
- Reverse Engineering
- Industrial Patterns
- Printed and Machined Tooling
- Custom Displays, Exhibits and Promotions
- Engineering Design
Additive Manufacturing benefits:
- Short lead times
- No tooling costs
- High customization
- Small-batch production
- Eliminated design limitations
- Pre-built assemblies
- Reduced structural weight
Businesses looking to create novel gifts and promotional giveaways are increasingly turning to 3D printing to customize - and maximize - their marketing efforts. Consider these benefits:
- Pens and magnets are boring and forgettable. Make a promotional giveaway your customer has never before seen.
- Come to us with nothing but an idea for a promotional product, and we can take care of the rest.
- Personalize your giveaways to the exact customer you are handing it to with custom messaging.
- Many promotional products require expensive tooling and long lead times to accomplish - RapidMade can make your promotional products in a week or less.
- Get your products in front of customers where it would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
- Customize marketing materials with logos and designs.
- Infinite customization to achieve the exact effects you desire.
- Get concept models in front of customers early in the product development cycle to get feedback before spending too much money on the wrong track.
- Get tangible products in your customers hands instead of a 2D computer image.
Contact us to learn more.
RapidMade is pleased to share that HP is expanding material options for its Jet Fusion 3D printer. Recognizing that material selection, performance, quality and cost have been barriers to additive manufacturing adoption, HP has focused aggressively on product development and accessibility.
Now, in addition to its 3D High Reusability PA 12, HP plans to offer:
- 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads - designed to produce "stiff, low-cost, quality parts"
- 3D High Reusability PA 11 - formulated to create "ductile, quality parts" at an unbeatable price
A key to its speed-to-market success has been HP's decision to encourage an Open Platform where key suppliers collaborate to accelerate material innovation.
RapidMade looks forward to including these revolutionary nylon powders in its operations.