Monthly Archives: July 2012

Who is using additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology?

Want to know who is using additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology? Check out our discussion on LinkedIn! 

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Obama Announces Major Steps Forward to Advance Energy Efficiency Efforts

On June 26, 2012 the Obama Administration announced 36 new states, local governments, and school districts have joined President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. These new commitments total nearly 300 million square feet in job-creating building energy upgrades. In addition, new public tax guidance issued today by the Department of the Treasury will make it easier for state and local governments to access more than $2 billion in existing low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs). QECBs provide state and local governments with access to low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry

We are beginning to see a push towards bringing American manufacturing back on American soil. There are a number of emerging technologies that are championing this movement such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, and nanotechnology. These have been moving slowly so far, but are now beginning to advance exponentially just as computing does. When the ruling corporations like Apple, Boeing, Caterpillar, and General Electric begin to bring their manufacturing back to America perhaps we will witness a domino effect that will bring family wage jobs back home where they should be.

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3D Printed Toddler?!

Working at a 3D printing facility can be very entertaining. The employees at Objet get to live and work with the models they create like this fully-sized, precisely-scaled human toddler (minus legs) – complete with visible internal bone structure! This anatomical model gives us a glimpse into the future of 3D printing in the medical industry. Surgeons in training can use these models to hone their skills before operating on actual patients, crime scene investigators can recreate how a victim’s blood splatter pattern was created, car companies can see how high speed collisions affect  bone and internal organs; the possibilities are amazing (and fun)!!

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Hacker Opens High Security Handcuffs With 3D-Printed And Laser-Cut Keys

Have you ever found yourself handcuffed to a bed post wishing you had a spare key? I hope the answer is “no,” but if you have then your in luck! A German hacker and security consultant demonstrated a looming problem for handcuff makers hoping to restrict the distribution of the keys that open their cuffs: With plastic copies he cheaply produced with a laser-cutter and a 3D printer, he was able to open handcuffs built by two of the largest security firms in Europe.

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RapidMade is Semi-Finalist for OEN Development Stage Company of the Year!

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon. OEN fosters the flow of entrepreneurial ideas, services, and capital to entrepreneurs and helps connect emerging Northwest businesses to growth-stimulating expertise and valuable resources.

RapidMade reached the semi-finalist stage for the “Development Stage Company of the Year!” Companies in this category are the purest of start-ups. They may be in the process of setting up, developing and testing the products, processes, or services they intend to market or are currently marketing. With the amount of growth and success that RapidMade has been experiencing in its infancy this award will surely be the first of many.

In an interview with OEN, Erin Stone, President of RapidMade, expressed her pride and vision for the company, “…we are really proud of our team and its commitment and vision and consider this a great honor…”



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Awesome Toys by My Robot Nation

Check these little guys out, they are the cutest little robots out there! These toy robots can be designed and personalized by the consumer then 3D printed in a range of sizes. They also come fully colored and assembled, ready to play with straight out of the box. You can make them look as scary as you want with guns and sharp clamping teeth, or as adorable as you want with hearts and bright colors. The combinations are endless!

Check out the website here!


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A Solar Printer that turns sand into glass

This beautiful machine literally uses the raw power of the sun to turn sand, an abundant resource, into glass. In a world where energy consumption is becoming a main concern this technology explores the potential of “desert manufacturing”. This technology is taking us into the next step of utilizing the suns potential to its fullest. Imagine this machine scaled up 100x to “print” houses in the middle of the desert. Perhaps when we terraform Mars our colonists will be living in glass structures.

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Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser

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