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RapidPro launches New Website

We are pleased to announce that RapidPro has a new look website!


It is social media savy, packed full of rapid prototyping information and still provides you with all the links you need to contact us for your next prototyping job.

Check it out at RapidPro.
If you have a story you would like to include on our blog or information you would like to share, please send content and pictures through to us. If suitable, we will be happy to link your page or showcase your products. Email story ideas here.

Prototyping: From Idea to Completion

Designers, artists and engineers come to RapidPro with a concept or an idea. Sometimes it is a sketch, but most often it is a CAD file.

From the CAD file a rapid prototype is built (sometimes referred to as printed).
Rapid prototypes can be built using many different prototyping processes and materials. The material and process chosen is usually based on: 1. The requirements of the prototype 2. It's purpose 3. The timeframe 4. The budget
Plaster prototypes such as this can be chromed to look like metal if required. They are much cheaper than metal prototypes and much quicker to build. However, they are not as strong and cannot be used for strength testing, only form studies.

The rapid prototype is then made to the specifications outlined by the designer.
It can then be finished to look like the final product or left in it's raw state depending on the clients requirements.
The designer then receives approval for the project, wins the tender or the contract and proceeds with manufac…

Pixar uses 3D Printing in Toy Story 3

A recent article in Time Compression highlighted how Pixar used ZCorp 3D full colour printing to capture some of their characters for the recent Toy Story 3 movie.

A detailed rapid protoyping technique producing full colour models from a plaster/epoxy composite, because the model is printed in colour, there is no detialed painting or finishing required. Just look at the colour and surface texture of Lotso (Pictured Right).

A popular rapid prototyping technique offered by RapidPro, ZCorp 3D printing is cost effective, quick and ideal for form studies, models, figurines and mass models.

For more information on 3D printing, visit our website.

To read the article by Time Compression click here.

Small Scale Model to Large Public Open Space Artwork

Working with artists is always a lot of fun, especially when their projects are converted from a small model into a large scale artwork for Public Open Space. We recently worked with renowned Queensland artist and designer Russell Anderson (www.russellanderson.com.au) on his most recent piece for the Springfield Lakes Corporation. Read all about it below, and be sure to click on the link to watch the video.


The NanO Harvester
Russell Anderson is a very talented artist and designer currently located in Brisbane. His most recent project is a spectacular water feature installed at Springfield Lakes called the NanO Harvester.

How does it work? The green cup or bucket holds around half a tonne of water, which moves and spills water several times a minute from the bucket onto the umbrella type wings below. The water then cascades down to the ground where it is recycled and reused.

The main feature of a new water park at Springfield Lakes, it is a dramatic, interactive artwork which is an eye-…