Business plan? Check. CAD Drawing? Check. We know, you’re like, “I did all of it so now let’s get freaking printing!!!” But before we do that (trust us, we really like the printing part too), we need to establish the goals of your prototype … Because it’s going to determine the type of manufacturing you use.

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You know how you don’t know what you don’t know? Well, we didn’t know that there are amazing professionals called industrial designers who, just like all of the engineers we talked about ...

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Now that you have your business plan for your prototype (if you don’t, then you’ll want to read this blog post first), you’re ready for the fun part – completing the design in a ...

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From idea to prototype

March 24, 2021

It’s a HUGE leap. We all have ideas, and more often than not, we don’t pursue them. But every now and then there’s that one idea that you just can’t get out of your head … ...

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MIL-Spec Paint What?

July 23, 2020

 So you send us your 3D printing project, color included and BAM, you’re asked if you’d like to provide us with a MIL-Spec paint color instead ... And you have no clue what we’re talking about. MIL-Spec? You gave us a color … Isn’t that enough? Consistency darling, it’s all about consistency! Unlike Pantone numbers, MIL-Spec paints are standardized paint recipes...

 

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As COVID-19 continues to turn our lives upside down, depleting a variety of supplies (from N95 masks to toilet paper), an unlikely hero is quickly emerging from this confusion … 3D Printing. Across ...

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We print to solve problems and achieve goals. We know that in order to do that, we must be willing to work a little harder, work a little smarter, and develop relationships with customers. Typical service ...

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“We print to file” When a service bureau receives a CAD file, the industry standard is to “print to file.” This means that the people at the bureau print what you send. The 3d ...

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It’s been a busy and exciting autumn! We racked up some frequent flyer miles this month with two awesome trips: European Vacation Chantelle traveled to Europe, spending three full days in Rome ...

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It’s time for some education with Northwest Rapid! To help you introduce your children to 3D printing, here’s a helpful guide from our Engineer, Chantelle. When it comes to many of those ...

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