Tuesday, 17 August 2010

New RapidNotes Newsletter - August 2010

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This month's edition features a 20% Off special for Plaster Prototyping projects and a great story about getting the best prototypes for your needs and budget!

In Brief

Prototyping in plaster is the cheapest rapid prototyping technique available. It is cost effective, and an excellent way of presenting a model or mock-up to your clients.

Available in full colour, plaster prototypes are built using 3D layering. The plaster is then infiltrated and strengthened with polyurethane.

Popular with graphic artists, we have used this technique
for architectural testing and display, gaming characters (right), artists
marquettes and packaging redesigns.

Plaster is a versatile material which can be hand-finished in many different ways. It can be chromed to resemble metal, such as the tap and faucet (right), or sprayed with a high gloss to give the appearance of baked enamel, like a bus (below).

We can build projects in one piece to the size of 380x 250x200mm or in sections which are fitted together and sprayed to create a seamless finish.
To discuss how you can use plaster prototypes or for a plaster quote on your next project, call RapidPro on 1300 559 454.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

New Inventors using RapidPro Prototypes

It is always great to see projects you have worked on in the marketplace but when you see them with their designers on TV and are being showcased on the ABC's New Inventors - that's exhilarating.

RapidPro recently worked with Alex Gransbury from Dreamfarm on a few of the new products he is releasing. Several of which, were featured last week on the new inventors.

Alex is passionate about designing innovative kitchen products that will make their way from the second drawer to become items you simply cannot live without.

Dreamfarm are also environmentally conscientious and for every item they sell, they plant a tree. With 271,589 trees planted to date, they eliminate unnecessary packing with all their products and are proud to be "Green", just like us!


You can check out the segment by visiting:
or check out the full range of products by visiting:

We proudly produced prototypes for the Teafu, Smood, Oni, Scizza, Tapi and Chopula.


Here is an idea of how the original prototypes were produced prior to manufacture:

Teafu - This was prototyped using Objet printing with TangoPlus (a flexible prototyping material) as a functional prototype was required. It was later reproduced by vacuum casting in polyurethane.

Smood - The original prototype handle was built for ergonomic analysis using plaster/epoxy 3D printing.

Oni - The original prototype handle was built using plaster/epoxy 3D printing for ergonomic analysis and aesthetics, while the blade was manufactured from stainless steel using abrasive waterjet cutting.

Tapi - This innovative prototype was manufactured using Objet printing with TangoPlus (a flexible prototyping material)as a functional prototype was required.

Scizza - The original prototype handle was built for ergonomic analysis using plaster/epoxy 3D printing, while the blade was laser cut from stainless steel.

Chopula - This prototype was created by CNC from Nylon for functional testing.

For more information on rapid prototyping techniques or for a quote visit our website at: http://www.rapidpro.com.au/.

Prototyping to Plan: Producing a 3D map

Working with VicRoads to produce large scale models of proposed road systems highlighted the importance of hand finishing, an eye for detail and discussing the clients needs and wants with the team at RapidPro.

THE PROTOTYPE/PROJECT: VicRoads recently requested several 3D models of a proposed modification to the Western Highway between Ballarat and Burrumbeet in Victoria.

VicRoads requested 4 models to be built showcasing the 4 proposals for the new road system.

While Vic Roads originally requested the entire project to built in plaster/epoxy, the team at RapidPro suggested combining several techniques to produce the same result, but at a fraction of the price.

THE RESULT: These Proposals were subsequntly printed using several Rapid Prototyping techniques including Objet printing. The models were then hand finished to highlight specific areas and items of importance.

The finished proposals measured almost 900 x 400 mm and were built in over 50 pieces including the individual trees, road signs, bridges and roads. These were then assembled and fixed to a backing board.

Talk to RapidPro about your next prototyping project - we are here to advise you on the best processes to suit your needs and budget.