Star Rapid’s blog aims to share our hard earned knowledge on manufacturing and product development. We hope these articles help you to optimize your product design and better understand the world of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, 3D printing and low-volume manufacturing.
The single greatest innovation in the 20th century for improving plastic injection molding comes from one of history’s original and most basic machine types: the screw. Let’s take a closer look at the ingenious application of this simple design and how it improves the...
We receive a large number of 3D CAD models on a daily basis. They arrive in different shapes and sizes based on what parts or products the customer is looking to have made. But some of the time we’re unable to get to work straightaway for a couple of reasons.
Star Rapid is taking the initiative to help product designer, engineers and prototype developers learn how to create successful parts the first time using 3D metal printing.
With the arrival of six new Haas machining centers (four VF 2 SS and two DT-1), we now have fourteen additions to the CNC manufacturing workshop this year alone, with more on the way. Three machines will be dedicated to high-speed milling, while two more...
Anodizing is a method for changing the surface chemistry of metals and other substrates. It protects against corrosion, enhances aesthetic qualities, resists scratching and is one of the most durable surface finishes available. Let’s take aluminum as an example to see how this process cleverly exploits oxidation for a result that’s both decorative and functional.
Star Rapid’s CEO Jon Ross offers some insights on 3D printing and its ability to encourage people of all ages to get involved in the joy of making things again.
What does it take to make the most of 3D metal printing? In a recent article for New Design magazine, Gordon Styles explains that it’s a true industrial process requiring skilled technicians with advanced manufacturing knowledge.
2017 has seen a continuation of the trend in adopting 3D metal printing for demanding industrial applications. This has been especially true in the fields of aerospace, automotive and medical applications, but will undoubtedly disrupt other sectors as this transformative technology becomes more mature and better understood by product designers, engineers and manufacturers.