Friday, 23 August 2013

Are R U OK day Question Marks prototypes or end use parts?

You may have seen the Adelaide Crows holding bright yellow question marks with the words "R U OK" printed on the front. These question marks were 3D printed by RapidPro for use in the 2013 R U OK day to be held on September 12.

The Question Marks were printed using Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) in RedEye Australasia's build centre in Melbourne. The Question Marks were printed in two halves, sanded to a smooth finish and then painted and clear coated in satin, enabling them to be used as the end use product on the Question Mark campaign around Australia. Each Question Mark was fitted with a GPS tracker to monitor their progress around Australia.

More than just a 3D Printing service provider, RapidPro offers 3D print solutions, working with clients to ensure they meet their projects timelines, requirements and budget. Speak to our qualified engineers about your 3D printing requirements. 

To find out a little more about the R U OK Question Marks and their progress around Australia, click on the image below.

A little about R U OK

R U OK is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging all people to regularly and meaningfuly ask 'are you ok?' to support anyone struggling with life. Founded by Gavin Larkin who wanted to create a world without suicide after experiencing the suicide death of his father, this R U OK day will be the fifth National day to be held since the launch in 2009.

To find out more about R U OK or to donate, visit:

Friday, 9 August 2013

INVITATION: Design for Manufacturing Workshop

The Australian Design Integration Network (ADIN) is holding a series of workshops, the first is in Melbourne on August 20. The workshop aims to help shape the formation of a strategy for the broad based adoption of design-led innovation to drive the future of manufacturing competitiveness in Australia.

Workshops are being held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. For more information or to register your interest, click here.

Simon Bartlett from RapidPro and RedEye Australasia will be at the Melbourne event along with Jeff Hansen, RedEye Business Manager, fresh from the USA. Don't miss out on catching up with industry leaders at this cutting edge workshop!

The CSIRO Titanium Challenge is on again for 2013!

The CSIRO Titanium Challenge is on again for 2013 but be quick because entries close August 21!

Entry is open to Under Graduates and Post Graduates at Universities in Australia and New Zealand (see terms and conditions) and offers three amazing prizes:

* Materials Challenge for years 1-4 – the winner gets a trip to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle and spends a day with working engineers

* 3D Printing Challenge for any college student -  the winner gets an UP! Personal 3D Printer

* Graduate Materials Challenge - The winner receives a sponsored trip to present at the International Titanium Association meeting in Las Vegas.

For more details click on the link below. Good Luck!


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

New police helmet prototype a success!

When Alfred Boyadgis approached RapidPro to prototype his Forcite helmet, it became apparent to the engineers at RapidPro that a selection of 3D Printing technologies were required to deliver what Alfred needed from the prototype. 

A collection of In-house Additive Manufacturing technologies and materials were used to produce the final product as shown below. The Main body was made using ZCorp plaster/Epoxy modelling, the visor was made using CNC from polycarbonate and polished, the visor surround was built using Redeye FDM, and several smaller parts were made using Objet polyjet technology.

Ben Grubb, Deputy Technology Editor for The Age, recently reported on Alfred Boyadgis and the Forcite helmet. Click here to read the full story, or see what Alfred had to say via the video below.