Wednesday, 26 June 2013

3D Printing likened to Batman's utility Belt

RapidPro shines at 3D Printing Expo



At a recent 3D Printing Expo in Mackay, Queensland, Simon Bartlett, Director and Engineering Manager of RapidPro and Redeye Australasia spoke about the future of 3D printing.

In an interview with the ABC, Simon said that Australian mining companies could make their own parts on site in a fraction of the time that it takes get parts manufactured offsite and then freighted in.

Simon described 3D printing like Batman's utility belt. “To get through his day he needs to be able call on a number of different technologies or a number of different tools. I think [3D Printing] is definitely a new tool and people are now just trying to work out how it fits in to what they do,”explained Simon to Brock Taylor of the ABC.

Read what Brock Taylor, an ABC News reporter, had to say at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-14/3d-printing-to-revolutionise-parts-manufacturing/4753768

Also reported at Australian Mining: http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/3d-printing-could-be-miners-batman-belt Australian Manufacturing  http://www.australianmanufacturing.com.au/8126/3d-printing-could-revolutionize-manufacturing 3ders.org: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130617-3d-printing-could-be-miners-new-tool.html

Friday, 21 June 2013

Print your own custom stamp!

Rapid prototyping and 3D printing has certainly become more affordable, and with lightning fast turnaround, it is even easier to print one off items with very little notice.

One such situation that presneted itself recently was the engagement of our own Operations Manager, Hugh Tevelein, to his lovely Fiance Kirra.

Kirra and Hugh wanted to personalise their engagement party envelopes, and with a stable of 3D printing machines at his fingertips, he was able to create this personalised stamp almost instantly.

The CAD drawing of the personalised stamp

Using  FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) for the handle and Objet polyjet printing for the rubber stamp, RapidPro designed and printed a personalised stamp much faster and cheaper than comparable stamps online.
 
The rubber stamp and handle

Not your average stamp, it is almost 5cm in diameter, completely personalised and suitable for use with a standard ink pad.

The finished product

Weddings and engagements are just an example of the occasions when it's nice to be personal, but we could design a stamp for anything .. even a Hen's weekend.
  
The stamp costs around $50 and can be printed and delivered within 3 business days.To speak to us about printing a stamp for your next big occasion call 1300 559 454 or send an email to enquiries@rapidpro.com.au.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

3D Printing a Chocolate Zoetrope

Last year RapidPro worked with Megafun to create another zoetrope (you may remember the TY The Tasmanian Tiger Zoetrope at ACMI), only this time, it was to resemble chocolate!

The client was Panny's Chocolate World at Phillip Island and the zoetrope is now on show as part of their delicious Chocolate World experience. 

Made using several different rapid prototyping techniques, materials and technologies, all parts had to be durable enough to withstand repetitious angular acceleration and centrifugal forces.

A combination of FDM, Objet and ZCorp technologies were needed to deliver the required results, and after one year of constant use, the Zoetrope has withstood the test of time, and continues to amaze children and adults alike.

Watch it by clicking on this link: Chocolate Zoetrope