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AM Forward Initiative Drives the Adoption of 3D Printing

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From prototyping to industrial-strength parts and products, additive manufacturing (AM) offers an innovative solution for accelerating production timelines and keeping costs low amid rising inflation and supply shortages.   Now, a new government initiative, the AM Forward program, is helping drive widespread adoption of 3D printing technology – a feat that will benefit countless businesses across […]

Now Hiring: Finisher/Shop Technician

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Now Hiring: Production Shop Technician Please send resume and cover letter to if interested! Job Description: Learn in-demand production skills and be a part of an advanced manufacturing team!  RapidMade, a 3D printing, traditional manufacturing and engineering services firm located in Tigard, has an opening for a Finisher/Shop Technician. The starting wage is $18 […]

3D Printing for Rapid Prototypes

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Rapid prototyping with 3D printing is a great way to get projects off of paper, and get your design ready and first to market. Increasingly convenient and efficient methods for producing the iterations of your product design are available. If you’re considering using rapid prototyping for your next design or project, there are a few […]

What is Rapid Prototyping?

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Rapid prototyping is the use of 3D printing to quickly put together a part, model, or assembly. Rapid prototyping can be used in many fields and can significantly reduce the manufacturing process. There are differences between a high fidelity prototype, which is a design that closely matches the finished product; and a low fidelity prototype […]

Defox, LLC and RapidMade show how 3D printing can help small businesses

Defox, LLC and RapidMade show how 3D printing can help small businesses

Additive Manufacturing Magazine recently published an article about one of RapidMade’s clients, Defox, LLC, a startup based right here in Oregon. We’ve been helping Defox develop and launch its Periscope Case, an innovative phone case which allows users to take photos and videos from the top of their phone. True to its name, the Periscope […]

HP Jet Fusion: Have it All – Better, Stronger, Faster, Cheaper Prints

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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 […]

HP Announces New 3D Printing Materials for 4200 Jet Fusion Series

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RapidMade’s HP Jet Fusion in action 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, […]

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 […]

3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping – What File Types Should I Use?

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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 […]

What’s the Difference Between Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM)


Samples of metal printed parts What’s the difference between Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM)?  Here’s one of the better descriptions I’ve found that explains it: “Selective Laser Sintering and Direct Metal Laser Sintering are essentially the same thing, with SLS used to refer to the process as applied to a variety of materials—plastics, […]