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3D Printing vs. Injection Molding | Cost and Quality Analysis

3D Printed Nylon Parts

When it comes to manufacturing technologies, it can be tempting to want to find one perfect solution that works for every situation. In practice, however, choosing the right technology for a given project is dependent upon the project’s particular demands. In the cases of injection molding and 3D printing, both offer unique strengths. Rather than […]

When Are Casting and Molds Better than Injection Molding or 3D Printing?

urethane rubber part removed from mold

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 […]

When to Choose Injection Molding or 3D Printing

RapidMade 3D Printing and Manufacturing

Injection Molding Case Study 3D Printing, or Rapid Prototyping as it is also known, is a much faster and cost effective solution for testing and perfecting digital designs. Its ability to fabricate parts overnight without any direct labor, programming or tooling means 3D printing technologies carry many advantages over traditional technologies like injection molding for […]

RapidMade Expands Services Offered

RapidMade Services

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 […]

RapidMade Selected One of Oregon’s Top Manufacturers by Portland Business Journal

RapidMade 3D Printing and Manufacturing

Come join us this Thursday to celebrate (details below)! When: Thursday, October 29th | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Where: Sentinel Hotel | 614 SW 11th Ave. | Grand Ballroom #PBJManufacturing The Oregon Manufacturing Awards are intended to recognize Oregon Manufacturers. This is one of the few public awards programs for manufacturers in the United States.  We’re honoring […]

Stop Waiting and Paying for Expensive Tooling to Test Your Rubber Products.

rubber 3d print parts

Decrease R&D cycles and save money by direct 3D printing with RapidMade. How do you prototype or fabricate small batches of rubber, urethane or other elastomers products when? Soft elastomers won’t machine. Fabrication by sheet lamination and gluing is inaccurate, weak and ugly. Injection molding and other casting methods can take weeks to months and require expensive tooling. Instead, 3D print […]

Rapid Extrusion Prototyping – Fast, Easy, Inexpensive Alternative to Traditional Manufacturing

rapid extrusion prototyping

Prototyping extrusions can be difficult and costly for a lot of reasons. Many engineers have traditionally approached the prototyping of these two products through two means: machining billet into a close net shape or producing tooling and extruding the prototypes. These processes have large drawbacks: Extrusion Machining Issues :  Wastes a lot material and machining/programming […]

Now You Can Make Large Custom Parts Over a Meter Long

Large Format 3D Printing Company

Large Format Features include: A max build volume of 1000 mm x 600 mm x 500 mm Part resolution of 600 dots per inch. Standard Layer Thickness: 120 microns 0.3% Part Accuracy (min. +/- 100 µm)  Much faster lead time than CNC machining of complex patterns Saves on material by reusing powder  Sand casting mold print material […]

Academics Use 3D Printing to Rebuild Artifacts Destroyed by ISIS

ColorJet 3D Printing

3D print by RapidMade for Decimate Mesh Art Since ISIS began destroying priceless artifacts in territory it controls, archaeologists and artists around the world have been scrambling to salvage and, or recreate the objects being annihilated.  Recently RapidMade worked on one of these projects:  Ryan Woodring’s Decimate Mesh Art Exhibit. Closer to the tragedy, in […]

What Manufacturers & Developers Should Consider when Investing in 3-D Printing

What Manufacturers & Developers Should Consider when Investing in 3-D Printing

Here’s a great white paper written by RapidMade Co-Founder and Advisor Mark Eaton: Investing in 3-D printing technology can provide significant business advantages. Product development, customer value, manufacturing costs and product life cycle management can all be positively impacted by this technology. Determining where to make the investment requires careful consideration of the expected outcomes and thorough […]