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


    • User manuals
    • On-site installation

    It is now easy to make your own custom solder-free circuit boards through 3D printing. An independent creator on DIY website Instructables has 3D printed its own personally designed circuit board. The circuit board was created in CAD, printed, and its trace channels lined with conductive material. Once built, this circuit board does not require solder to establish working electrical connections, an easier and cleaner way of building your own circuit boards. This is perfect for hobbyists but also indicative of the many custom applications 3D printing can have in technology development. Read the article for more details on how to build your own custom circuit board.

    3D Printing, Manufacturing and Engineering

    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 well as other specialized engineering work

    Rapid Prototyping

    • 3D printing, quick-turn machining, traditional metal and plastic forming, short-run castings
    • Thermoset and thermoplastic manufacturing, hard and soft metals, composites available
    • Full-color concept models, functional prototypes, assembly and embedded electronics
    • Quotes generally in under 24 hours, parts in days

    Contract Manufacturing

    • Production quantities ranging from one to tens of thousands
    • A multitude of available manufacturing processes 
    • Expertise in selecting the right manufacturing process for you
    • Personalized attention to detail and top quality customer service
    • Tooling and part library for easy re-orders

    3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering

    • Extremely high accuracy 3D digitization of parts as a reproducible STL file
    • Available reverse engineering to create fully defined parametric files and 2D dimensioned drawings
    • Inspection of manufactured goods to identify deviation from the original design
    • Full-color scans also available

    Industrial Pattern and Toolmaking

    • Highly accurate tools in days, not months - at a lower cost
    • Patterns and tools available for all standard manufacturing processes: Injection molding, urethane casting, sand and investment casting, sheet metal stamping, plastic forming and much more
    • Additional finishing capabilities available

    Displays, Exhibits and Promotions

    • Full color 3D printing can be done as quickly as under 24 hours
    • Print directly from renderings in CAD or BIM modeling software
    • Great for architecture, store display and marketing customers
    • Very fine feature detail and beautiful aesthetic quality

    Finishing and Coating

    • A wide range of finish options including paint, powder coat, plating, media blast, tumbling and much more
    • Clear coat and dyed plastic available for cost effective finishing of prototypes and manufactured goods

    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:    


    Interested in learning more about Oregon-based 3D printing Services?  Then join us at:

    Lunch with the Locals: an Introduction to 3D Printing Services in Oregon

     Wednesday, February 18th

    Show & Tell over lunch: 11 am to 1 pm

    Open house at Peak Solutions (next door) till 3pm

    0470 Southwest Hamilton Court
    Portland, OR 97239

    Free valet parking is included

    Send all RSVPs to:

     Attendance is limited to 40 people, so send me RSVPs as you get them (assuming you guys are also promoting the event).

    Company Description:

    RapidMade is a Portland, Oregon-based 3D printing, engineering, and manufacturing company that provides advanced solutions to help clients:

    • create products

    • accelerate development

    • improve quality

    • lower costs

    • increase sales

    We offer:

    • rapid prototyping

    • reverse engineering

    • product design

    • low-volume production and tooling

    • sales, artistic and architectural models

    • customized promotional items

    We use CAD files and 3D scans to produce custom:

    • parts

    • prototypes

    • patterns

    • tools

    • molds

    • models

    With offices in Oregon and Maryland, RapidMade serves clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    Contract CAD Designer/Drafter Description:

    The contractor will modify, design, and prepare 3D models for RapidMade’s clients. RapidMade provides personalized service to all of its clients, so the ability to interact with customers is desired. An ideal candidate would also have previous experience with Netfabb or Magics 3D Printing software. Part time to begin, this position has the opportunity to develop into a full time engineering position (depending on experience, education, and performance).  

    Contract CAD Designer/Drafter Duties:

    • Modify and/or design parts in SolidWorks
    • Prepare routine layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings, sketches & diagrams, and details to include all views and dimensions necessary for manufacture or printing
    • Produce sketches and rough layout of design concepts
    • Compute angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages and location of holes

    The following is an excerpt from Malia Spencer's article in the Portland Business Journal...

    3D printing, beer and big ideas: The latest OEN PubTalk

    Malia Spencer

    Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal

    Oregon Entrepreneurs Network set out last night to answer the question: “Will 3D printing change the world?”

    With all the big ideas that this type of discussion elicits, it was a good thing there was beer on hand. OEN Pub Talk participants dissected the topic and concluded that the answer to the question is a bit nuanced.

    Yes, they said, but we're still in the early days.

    See Also

    3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a hot topic in tech and manufacturing circles. The process involves building items from the ground up, layer by layer, based on 3D computer drawings. Traditional manufacturing, or subtractive manufacturing, creates items by removing material until the desired shape is created.

    On Wednesday night OEN brought together local experts in the 3D printing space to talk about what this technology is and how it will change things. The panelists were:

    The panel was moderated by Portland's resident 3D printing expert Shashi Jain.

    The promise of 3D printing is that it can lift constraints placed on our design abilities based on the sheer limits of our traditional manufacturing technology. Or as Beem put it, “The constraints are placed on the tools available. Buildings look the way they do because of the limits of our tools,” he said. “But the tools are changing.”

    What happens when manufacturing and machining are no longer the limits for designers? That’s the promise.

    However, we aren’t there yet. Printers are still limited to specific materials and the entire industry is still figuring out standards for material specs, reliability and the software that runs it all.

    There are machines that can print in human tissue, plastic, ceramic and metals. Hunter showed off the one-of-kind 3D printed, titanium bike that Industry made along with Ti Cycles as the Portland entry for the Oregon Manifest urban bike challenge.

    It didn’t win the contest — the popular vote went to Seattle’s entry — but it looked pretty slick.

    Building a 3D printed bike was an illuminating experience, Hunter told the crowd.

    “There are still limits, it’s still a manufacturing process,” he said of the current technology. There are questions on how to get the strength needed and finishes.

    It’s part of the challenge that remains as the technology develops. But, all the panelists thought it will eventually disrupt an array of industries, particularly biomedical and health care(just think about custom implants that can be made cost effectively).

    One area that won't be upended but will be augmented is traditional manufacturing, the panel agreed. There will still be items that can be made simply and at scale cheaper with traditional methods, instead of making them individually.

    “It will revolutionize manufacturing, but it will be more like enabling existing technology,” Cramm said.