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SBIR/STTR National Conference

The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference Oregon at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center in Portland from November 13-15th  2012.   This conference will provide critical information to small businesses competing for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.  SBIR and STTR are competitive federal government programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies.  The 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference is expected to draw nearly one thousand high technology entrepreneurs from across the U.S., along with federal and state agencies, business development executives and university researchers. Registration is now open for the event, to learn more about the conference visit the site at

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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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Yoda helps explain the latest technology innovation

The force is strong with this technology… Although 3D printing is still in its infancy stage, the rate that it is evolving is astounding. At first, 3D printing was used for rapid prototyping in design visualization and development. The technology has arrived to the point where it can now be used for final part production, printing circuitry, and even artificial bone structures. This article illustrates the detail and intricate geometries that are possible with this technology, and it is getting better everyday. Almost every industry can benefit from additive manufacturing in one way or another. Experts are constantly discovering new applications such as printing “smart” wings for UAVs, printing organs and prosthetic limbs, and of course printing Yoda figures (my favorite)!

Check out the full article and video here!

All finished: And so Yoda is complete, down to the smallest details of his little green head

Thanks Yoda, you are very wise!

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RapidMade featured in OEN’s “Member Spotlight”

An interview with Erin Stone, the President and Business Development Director of RapidMade™, was featured on the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s (OEN) Member Spotlight on January 31, 2011.

Press Release: NW Food Processors Association Expo


RapidMade™ attends the 98th Annual Northwest Food Processors Association’s Annual Expo

January 24, 2012 – Portland, Oregon – RapidMade, an additive manufacturing firm, recently attended the Northwest Food Processors Association’s 98th Annual Expo, also known as the “SOLUTIONS Marketplace” in Portland, Oregon. The expo is the largest regional food manufacturing show in North America, attracting not only food processing industry professionals from the Pacific Northwest, but also from various regions of the U.S. and Canada.

RapidMade’s appearance at the show proved to be a success, bringing additive manufacturing, small batch supply, and JIT part supply options to food processing industry CEOs, plant managers, purchasing managers, production and quality assurance managers, engineers, and sales/marketing managers. Mark Eaton, Founder/CEO of Rapid Made and a 20-year veteran in the food processing industry explains the industry’s interest, “Future success will depend upon a company’s ability to increase speed to market and provide greater customization at a lower cost. RapidMade™ can help Food Processors and OEMs compete by providing advanced manufacturing services to produce parts and products in the shortest possible time.

For additional information contact:

Erin Stone

Business Development Director

2828 SW Corbett Avenue, #121

Portland, Oregon


Press Release: RapidMade™ Joins Portland State Business Accelerator


RapidMade™ Joins Portland State Business Accelerator in Suite 121

February 2, 2012 – Portland, Oregon – RapidMade, an additive manufacturing firm, moved into its official space in Suite 121 at the Portland State Business Accelerator on 1/31/12.

RapidMade™ focuses on the design and manufacture of customized products for small and medium sized businesses using advanced/additive manufacturing and engineering techniques.  Traditionally, the competitive advantages that additive manufacturing offers are available only to large corporations, but RapidMade™ is changing that model, making 20-50% cost savings, small batch supply, JIT parts, and material optimization a reality for many Pacific Northwest companies.

The Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA) is a “business incubator and accelerator, providing space and business development support to start-up science and technology companies.” Joining this organization marks a significant accomplishment for RapidMade™, since Portland State University estimates that 40% of all venture capital coming into Oregon in 2010 was given to companies housed in the accelerator.

To join the PSBA, companies must meet a variety of specific criteria before undergoing a rigorous application process. However, the benefits are well worth it. A recent study by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and several universities found that businesses participating in a university-run incubator program have a success rate of approximately 80% over a five-year period compared to a success rate of 20% for non-incubated businesses.

As a member of this entrepreneurial community, RapidMade™ collaborates with cutting edge companies; can utilize new research and development advances from PSU faculty and students; and has access to focal Portland Development Commission business sectors.

For additional information contact:

Erin Stone

2828 SW Corbett Avenue

Portland, Oregon


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