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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tigard location is filling up quickly. Both our HP Jet Fusion and HAAS CNC machines were delivered this week. And they're being installed as this post is being written. RapidMade is on track to move in and start up operations on August 1 as planned. Help us fill up our new and existing equipment.
In a mere 66 hours (but who's counting), our HP Jet Fusion will be delivered to our new location. If you are as excited about our new 3D printer as we are, why not see what it can do for you? Fill out the Quick Quote and get in the queue. Try the latest breakthrough in Additive Manufacturing... the
“commercial 3D printing system that delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems.”
Look for updates and pictures.
HP's Jet Fusion 3D Printer is gaining marketplace momentum. Last week, senior management announced its Global Reseller Program and Open Materials Ecosystem Expansion at the Rapid + TCT conference. Executives expect these networks to accelerate customer interest and technology adoption.
Rolled out late last year, the Jet Fusion is considered a technological breakthrough as it is the first
Until now, additive manufacturing's speed and accuracy, coupled with higher material prices and limited material options, have made it harder to produce end-use production parts at a competitive cost, which in turn, has slowed, its acceptance rate. Recognizing the importance of material development, HP has created an Open Materials and Applications Platform to
The long-awaited arrival of true Additive Manufacturing may finally be here.