WiM Oregon is hosting a dinner and roundtable discussion on Wednesday, June 26! Join us for a roundtable discussion concerning safety and ergonomic issues and best practices in the manufacturing environment. 

The event will include dinner, refreshments, and networking with industry professionals. We hope to see you there!

Date:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time:
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Vista Pearl
1150 NW Quimby Street
Portland, OR 97209 

Pricing:
Student: $10
Member: $15
Nonmember: $20
Registration includes dinner and two drink tickets.

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Capture your customers' imagination with creative, one-of-a-kind displays and models.

Pump cutaway model shows off internal components of Cornell Pumps

Pump cutaway model shows off internal components of Cornell Pumps

Marketing

  • 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.
Custom promotional giveaway for "Red Bull Guest House" party in Florida

Custom promotional giveaway for "Red Bull Guest House" party in Florida

Promotions

  • 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.
Colored graphic blocks used by Amazon Web Services to explain its cloud services to prospective customers

Colored graphic blocks used by Amazon Web Services to explain its cloud services to prospective customers

Displays

  • Drive traffic to your stores at the window and sales with custom retail displays.
  • Stand out and get attention at your next trade show with eye catching models.
  • Capture your customers' attention and make them remember your brand
  • Lean on our design team to come up with a creative solution that will satisfy your customers and be flexible for your budget.
Reproduction of 3D scanned priceless Native American mask printed for Seattle Art Museum

Reproduction of 3D scanned priceless Native American mask printed for Seattle Art Museum

Exhibits

  • Store geometric and color data for priceless artifacts and works of art permanently with 3D scanning technology.
  • Use digital object data to engage visitors online with interactive web exhibits.
  • Create to-scale or re-scale replicas that let your visitors safely interact with models of priceless artifacts without endangering the original piece.
  • Create complimentary pieces for your exhibit from object data scanned by other museums around the world.
Development model shown to Portland City Council for project approval

Development model shown to Portland City Council for project approval

Architecture

  • Turn around in as little as 24 hours means more time to perfect your designs.
  • Embedded textures lets you simulate the colors of building materials like brick, stone and wood.
  • Small features lets you design realistic windows, doors, beams, facades and other important visual design elements.
  • Prints come directly from your BIM models.

How can we help you?

Congratulations to Innovarai and Madorra Medical who are among Portland Business Journal's 2017 Small Business & Innovation awardees!  Their achievements will be recognized and their products showcased on November 1st from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

Rapid prototyping and low-volume production, made possible through 3D printing (additive manufacturing), are lowering the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs and start ups.  These advanced manufacturing technologies lower costs, reduce lead times, and optimize designs, making product launches more affordable and timely.

RapidMade Accelerates Pace and Elevates Quality of Product Launch

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 short turns and small-batch production.

 Sometimes 3D printing only goes so far when developing and manufacturing products in their early stages. In those instances, Rapid Injection Molding can take products to the finish line.

An American-made LED light bulb manufacturer engineered a version that was bigger and brighter than its competition.  The company quickly learned that RapidMade's injection molding expertise could test, validate and even manufacture its light bulbs in ways that 3D Printing simply could not match.

RapidMade accelerates the typical injection molding process by providing a short cut between prototyping and production tooling. After the rapid prototyping client finalizes its product for injection molding, RapidMade creates a cheaper and better solution by making pre-final tooling out of aluminum. This option allows customers get to market sooner than other injection mold processes and helps gain customer feedback to improve products. Getting a product to market sooner generates more revenue to invest in further product development and long-term tooling. 

 Material

Since the customer didn't know what the final material of the bulb should be, cutting the mold and testing multiple materials, including different grades of ABS and Polycarbonate, helped pinpoint the final material and even helped estimate eventual mass manufacturing costs. Additionally, electronics products must go through rigorous UL testing to ensure consumer safety before the product can be sold in stores.

Color and clarity are other traits vital to the lighting industry.  Because 3D printers must run manufacturing-grade material that is unadulterated, optimizing these characteristics can be difficult. With injection molding, however, one can custom blend different clear and opaque pigments with clear plastic to prototype different levels of clarity and color. So the company could test very specific color profiles to perfect its formula in the final product.

 Finish

Finish is extremely important when working with lighting, as well as other consumer products. A matte finish diffuses light at a very different rate than a polished one. Due to the layered nature, inherent in the 3D printing process, even the highest detail machines will have some level of surface striation. Additionally, most filament or powder technologies will have a very rough finish beyond the layer lines. Achieving custom finishes requires polishing, sanding, and painting of each individual unit, making it is extremely labor intensive and expensive.

Alternatively, injection molding shoots molten plastic into a cavity which picks up the texture of that cavity. That means one only needs to finish a mold once to get repetitive shots of that finish. And molds can be polished and textured to prototype a variety of finishes before settling on the desired one.

Volume

A light bulb is a relatively low-cost consumer good. These goods are meant to be sold in large volume at low cost. Tooling to produce those volumes inexpensively enough can take months to make and require high upfront investment. Many businesses are interested in small and medium-batch options that are more cost effective and higher quality than 3D printing to excite investors, test markets and stoke demand. 

 The company secured a prototyping option with relatively little upfront investment that served as a bridge tool to get actual product out into the marketplace. Aside from the aforementioned quality concerns, this could not have been cost effectively achieved with 3D printing; one cannot sell a light bulb where the housings cost $38 to the manufacturer. Creating large volumes of parts on a 3D Printer can also take much longer than injection molding, making it harder to fill orders. Injection Molding can really provide exceptional value to early-stage manufacturers when producing runs of hundreds or thousands of parts for low cost very quickly.

 

Our friends at Direct Dimensions in Owings Mills, Maryland, will be "creating a 3D CAD model" of the Roberto Clemente Bridge in our hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The resulting files will then be used to create 3D prints of the bridge for an upcoming RAPID + TCT show being held in Pittsburgh in May.

Pittsburgh, long recognized for its sports accomplishments, is becoming well known as a Center of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing as well.