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Printed Parts

3D printed pulleys

Latest end-use parts from our 3D printers. A set of pulleys made from our composite Nylon/Chopped Carbon Fiber material. Strong on its own but can also be reinforced with continuous fibers to make a part as strong as Aluminum.

Unique 3D Printing Project

Happy to have been able to print these Awards going to Navy Pilots. We painted the fins and the customer applied the decals and provided the etched glass.

End Use Parts 3D Printed with Inserts


A recent customer had a need for threaded inserts in the parts we printed for them. The process we used is called “heat staking” where the insert is heated and pressed into the holes. It really worked well and the customer was happy with them.

Economics of 3D Printing

White Paper: The Economics of 3D Printing 3D printing is advancing into the realm of production, both in terms of work-holding to assist in machining operations and custom end-use parts. While the value of a printer may not seem apparent at first, executing the calculations will tell a different story. In production and manufacturing, productivity […]

Share the Holiday Magic with Custom Puzzles

custom puzzle

Share the Holiday Magic with Custom Puzzles We all love to live the dream. And few announcements bring a joyful moment to rich, colorful life than custom photo puzzles. From proposals to pregnancy reveals to engagement announcements to kids’ birthdays to family vacations, personalized photo puzzles are unique gifts that are a fun, sentimental way […]

Live Webinar: 3D Printing Composites with Continuous Fibers

Image Composite with Continuous Fibers

Continuous fiber 3D printing is a unique technology from Markforged that allows you to reinforce parts with embedded materials such as carbon fiber, fiberglass or Kevlar. Register for this webinar to learn about the four fiber options available and how their properties can be best leveraged to improve part performance for factory floor applications and […]

Strategies for Metal 3D Printing

Image Strategies for Metal 3DP

LIVE WEBINAR Strategies and Tips to Get the Most Out of Metal 3D Printing Wednesday, November 7, 2018 11 – 11:45am EDT | 3 – 3:45pm UTC With metal 3D printing gaining rapid momentum as an innovative manufacturing process, it’s important to understand how to identify best fit applications and techniques to produce optimal and […]

Latest Wall Graphics Project

Metal timeline wall display at Crystal Group

Timeline of Crystal Group put into their new facility. Printed on brushed stainless alupanel with standoffs. At least 120 total pieces, all printed and installed by Rapids.

Basics of part reinforcement

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3202″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”zoom” css_animation=”bounceInDown”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Thanks to the Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF) process, composite Markforged printers are capable of producing metal-strength 3D printed parts. With complete control in part configuration, reinforcing your parts only where needed is the key to optimizing part strength while also managing cost control and material consumption. Attend this Markforged webinar on October 25th […]

Additive Manufacturing Day!

Join industry thought leaders and experts from Markforged, Onshape and Dragon Innovation on October 30 for a live broadcast to learn how leveraging 3D CAD and 3D printing on the manufacturing floor can help you stay ahead of the competition. Register here.

Metal X Printing

Fresh out of the oven. Our latest batch of metal parts. The Metal X uses an innovative technology to 3D print metal. Metal powder appears in the printing material in a very high concentration and is spooled, therefore it can be delivered via a heated nozzle. This means printing is done by the already proven […]

Metal Real Estate Yard Signs:  Stand Out in the Crowd

Real Estate / Construction Signage

The 7-Second Rule of Real Estate Sign Advertising A real estate sign that merely says “For Sale” isn’t saying much and not nearly enough to make a lasting first impression with potential buyers. The Seven-Second Rule of Advertising says you have seven seconds to make a first impression. A bland real estate sign that says […]

More Metal


The latest 3D printed metal parts out of the sintering oven.

Holiday Calendars


It is that time of year again, Christmas displays are popping up in retail stores and we still have a few more days of summer. It is admittedly a bit too early to focus on the holidays, but time sure does fly by in our busy lives. We have the perfect holiday gift to give […]

Custom Dugout Banners for Baseball and Softball

Softball dugout banner

Custom Dugout Banners for Baseball and Softball Show off your team spirit with a quality team dugout banner this upcoming baseball or softball season. Not only is it a great way to provide much-needed shade for the players in the dugout, it also provides an avenue to raise money for your team by having sponsor […]

Rapids Helping ISU Solar Car Project


This appeared in the most recent addition of Iowa State University’s PrISUm Solar Car Program newsletter (called SUNDIAL). SUNDIAL      Partner Appreciation:  Rapids Reproductions Rapids Reproductions is still a “Blueprinter” (printer of construction documents and seller of large format printing equipment) like they were when they started in 1952. However, as customers’ needs have changed, […]

Markforged Webinar

Image Webinar Improving Crash Test Dummy Fabrication with 3D Printing

Join us Tuesday, April 24th for a conversation with Kris Sullenberger, Senior Design Engineer and 3D Print Manager from Humanetics, as he shares his 12 years of experience with 3D printing and how he’s cut time and cost by utilizing his Markforged X7.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Webinar

metal 3d printing

  Markforged has simplified the process to help you easily and affordably manufacture complex, custom metal parts with geometries that traditional manufacturing methods are unable to produce. Get an inside look at Markforged’s metal process from design to part in this webinar on February 20th at 10 am CST.

Coming Soon: Flatbed Cutting

Flatbed cutting services

Coming Soon:  Flatbed Cutting New Equipment, Expanded Capabilities. Coming March 2018, we’ll be taking delivery of a 5′ x 10′ flatbed cutter. It cuts stuff.  Lots of stuff.  Into pretty shapes.  Precise, pretty shapes, including: Vinyl decals and lettering Cut-out standees Custom puzzles Boxes Custom shaped signs that stand out in a world of right […]

Living Hinges: Benefits, Materials and Production Options

Ketchup bottle cap featuring a living hinge design

Living Hinges 101 Living hinges bring products to consumers and to easily useable, vivid life in a manor that is a designer’s dream: Simple and low cost. This easy, cost-effective method connects two rigid plastic parts with a flexible joint and can be used for everything from manufacturing soda bottles to ketchup lids to shampoo […]

New Year’s Resolutions

We all set New Year’s Resolutions every year, and many of us fail miserably. Many of the common resolutions include: losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, quit smoking or drinking, get out of debt, get more organized, volunteer more, spend more time with family, be more positive    , and many more. According to Widipedia, the […]

Rapids Reproductions Gives Back

Hand of an elderly holding hand of younger

This is the Charitable Season.  Every year around the holidays Rapids Reproductions participates in “Rapids Gives Back”. This year, the employees all contributed and adopted a family through HACAP for the holidays. I am so grateful to work with such a kind, caring and considerate group of people.  Because of our generosity we are going […]