3D Printing & Prototyping

Bring your prototypes to life. We can help create real functional end-use parts with any of our production or additive manufacturing processes. We are experts in the industry and can help get your prototype to production quickly.  Rapids Reproductions has locations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Clive and the Quad Cities.

Leverage the Power of a Full Service Manufacturing Partner

Rapids Reproductions is pleased to announce that we are now offering custom prototyping services to meet your demanding needs. Whether you need one part or 1,000, we’ll get the job done right the first time and on-time.

Supplement Your Production

• Manage production overflow
• Offer additional Rapid Prototype materials and services
• Offer new options for concept models & material testing
• Safeguard against machine down time
• Backfill resource for special projects

See how our on-demand printing services can help you meet tight project deadlines or explore new, innovative design concepts.  Just upload your 3D CAD model here to our Cedar Rapids location and we will give you a quote

 

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Concept Modeling

Imagine taking just a few hours to design and print a new concept model and then placing it in the hands of a focus group in the same afternoon?  Our printers enable design teams and businesses to eliminate days and weeks from their product design process, which translates to savings in resources and the ability to accelerate profits by getting product to market faster.But it’s not all about speed and savings; our printers help enhance quality by facilitating multiple concept reviews, delivering amazing full color models and creating more opportunities for feedback and improvements along the way.

Prototyping

What better way to compress the time and cost of bringing your new product to market than with quality prototypes that match your design and accurately represent your end-product’s functionality and performance?

Our wide variety of robust, thermally stable material options generate models that are tough enough to be used as working parts, permitting you to test for form, fit and function right from your desktop or office.  With an extremely smooth surface finish, our printers have the highest level of precision and accuracy of any other 3D printers on the market ensuring that you can create with confidence.

Casting, Patterns and Molds3d prints

Our Professional network of 3D printing companies can be used for printing RealWax patterns for lost-wax casting processes or for foundry casting patterns or molds, depending on your production needs.  Applications from jewelry, to medical instruments and devices, to mechanical parts or forming operations can be achieved with our 3D printers, giving you and your business ready access to disposable or short term tools for low-volume production.

Injection Molding

Injection molding is still  the preferred process for manufacturing plastic parts in larger volumes, which is why it is used  to create things such as housings, containers, bottle caps, combs and other mass market applications. One of the reasons injection molding is ideal  for producing high volumes of plastic parts is because several parts can be produced in each cycle by using multi-cavity injection molds. Other advantages include high tolerance precision, repeatability and a large material selection.


17-4 PH stainless steel combines high strength, corrosion resistance, and hardness, making it widely used in aerospace, medical and petroleum industries.

 

Higher strength-to-weight than 6061 Aluminummarkforged part

Our MarkTwo 3D Printer prints outer contours and curves in engineering nylon and fills each part with close-packed reinforcement in continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar or fiberglass.

The printer actively switches between two nozzles during a print, creating fiber-reinforced plastic parts with a strength-to-weight ratio better than aluminum.

 

 

Carbon Fibervarious end use parts

Carbon fiber has the highest strength to weight as well as the highest thermal conductivity. Perfect for applications requiring the greatest possible stiffness and strength.

 

 

 HSHT Fiberglass

High Strength, High Temperature (HSHT) Fiberglass is a material uniquely designed for users who need strong parts in higher temperature environments (over 105°C, with a heat deflection point of 140°C).

 

 

 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is the most cost-effective material. It’s a strong as Carbon Fiber, but 40% as stiff, and 2X the weight. Suited to everyday applications where you need strong parts.

 

 

Kevlar

Kevlar has the best abrasion resistance and is our most flexible material. For when you need parts that are durable and resistant to impact.

See how our on-demand printing services can help you meet tight project deadlines or explore new, innovative design concepts.  Just upload your 3D CAD model here to our Cedar Rapids location and we will give you a quote.

Personal Content Creation Solutions

Sense 3D scanner from 3D SystemsThe Sense 3D scanner makes it easy, affordable and satisfying for anybody to start in the world of scanning physical objects, editing the data with easy-to-use design tools, and creating the perfect 3D-printable models. Widely used by kids, families, students, teachers and people who just want to get into 3D printing, these are affordable solutions that deliver a world of learning for everyone.

 

 

Professional Scanning, Design and Engineering Solutions

Geomagic Capture for scan-based design3D Systems provides the industry’s only professional range of engineering software, scanning, design and 3D printing tools that integrates easily with 3D printing and traditional manufacturing processes. To do this, we have combined our 3D scanning, CAD, design, inspection and printing software under the Geomagic Solutions group. Building on decades of expertise in 3D software development, the Geomagic products lead the market in 3D scanning software and integration with CAD solutions. The Geomagic Capture scanner delivers accurate blue-light scanning, and its included software sends scan data directly into SolidWorks or SpaceClaim. Scan data can also be processed via Geomagic Design X into CATIA, NX, Autodesk Inventor and other widely used CAD products.

 

Geomagic Freeform sculpting allows custom skull implant design

The Geomagic Freeform product range allows for fast, accurate organic sculpting in digital form, utilizing the Touch haptic devices for a realistic sense of touch during design. (Now also available haptic-free.) Used worldwide by sculptors, designers, medical professionals and more, the Geomagic Freeform products offer the best in freehand 3D design. That is design without limitations. Geomagic Freeform Plus delivers multiple modeling formats including NURBs, voxels, Sub-D, and surfaces, as well as tools for manufacturing, 3D printing and milling preparation direct from your design, something no other software product offers.

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