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How to Design Machined Parts for Manufacturability

A discussion of the manufacturing industry is never complete without mentioning Henry Ford and his assembly line. Henry Ford had once said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black.” One driving factor behind the…

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How to Design Sheet Metal Parts for Manufacturability

To a layperson, the features, components, and design considerations of manufactured goods are often insignificant. A technologically literate person will analyze a product, see its face value, and understand how and why it was manufactured. Just as the infamous industrial designer, Charles Eames, once said,…

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Electric vehicle manufacturing charging ahead to dominate global markets

By Ben Carlson Cooperative product manufacturing in the electric vehicle space is set to dominate global markets in 2020, with an increase in production across all major producers. Rapid Axis is a prototyping specialty manufacturer in Redwood City, California and supports multiple EV companies’ prototyping…

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Suitable Materials for Medical Device Prototyping

Rapid Axis has been serving the Medical Device component manufacturing industry for some time both in prototyping and short-run production. We felt it was time to put together a short-list of Bio-Compatible (USP Class VI) and EtO sterilizable materials for ease of access by our…

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Machined and Sheet Metal Part Cosmetics

Machined and Sheet Metal Part Cosmetics If you’re looking for cosmetic appearance similar to that of an existing product, please email sales@rapidaxis.com and we’d be happy to make our recommendations. Most commonly used commercial products utilize simple finishing methods to obtain their cosmetics and these…

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A Guide to Clear Prototype Part Options

Dependent on your product you may occasionally have a need for clear parts. Rapid Axis has got you covered! We can build clear pieces in several prototype processes including Machining, SLA and Polyjet. CNC - Material options include Acrylic, Polycarbonate and Polysulfone. Acrylic: A UV…

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How to Lower the Cost of Machined Parts

Automation improves machining costs every year for even the most complex parts but there are still correlations between piece design and machine or programming run time which can affect your overall part prices. If you have a piece that us or any one of our…

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Urethane Casting – What is it and when to use it?

You have a project on your desk for a plastic enclosure and the product for which it's a part of is going to market. The thought of 3D Printing it comes to mind but the cosmetic requirements are strict. What's your best option? Urethane Casting…

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