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Showing posts from July, 2011

Tough Plaster Prototypes are here!

Check out this video. It is a 3D printed ZCorp skateboard that is solid enough to be used as a functional prototype. As you watch this, remember - this is made from plaster!

RapidPro also uses ZCorp printers to create rapid prototypes in plaster composites. They can be printed in full colour, up to a build size of 380 x 250 x 200 mm in a single build or larger when built in pieces. Plaster is the most cost effective prototyping available, so call to see if it may be suitable for your next project.

Congratulations Outerspace Design!

Outerspace are celebrating industry recognition at the AIDA last Friday night.

In the Housing & Building Category, the Desert Eco Adapt Advanced urinal cartridge won a Good Design™ accolade for its broad compatibility and ease-of-use.

The Quest duō also won a Good Design™ accolade in the Business & Technology category for its unique versatility.

The Outerspace Packaging Division was excited that the Golden Circle juice bottle for Heinz won both a Design Award™ in the Consumer category and a place in the Powerhouse Museum collection. Products were assessed by an international panel on form, function, quality, safety and sustainability.

RapidPro is proud to work alongside Outerspace during the prototyping phase of their projects. For more information on Outerspace design visit their website at:

3D printing in Chocolate!

Whilst this is not a service RapidPro currently offers, it would be nice.

Check out this article that recently appeared on Mashable and The Age online.

British taxpayers will no doubt be tickled to know that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK government’s leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, has produced this video about chocolate printing.

As the scientists explain, consumers who download a piece of software will easily be able to sketch the kind of chocolate they’d like to make. Then they can send the 3D CAD file to a machine in a local shop and pick up their chocolate 10 minutes later.

Of course, as we all know, printing doesn’t always go as smoothly as advertised. And a jam in this case could be especially messy.

It's quirky, but clever!