Rapid Application Group (RAG), an Oklahoma-based additive manufacturing company, has significantly increased its production capacity with the installation of a 3D Systems’ Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer. The recently added polymer AM platform will enable RAG to improve its services and turnaround times for clients in the aerospace, defense, healthcare, motor sports and oil and gas sectors.
Based in Broken Arrow, OK, RAG was founded nearly two years ago by Terry Hill, a disabled veteran of the U.S. military. As the company writes on its website, the same “loyalty and integrity” that guided Hill through his military career are at work in his AM firm. This dedication is evident in seeing that the company grew 300% in its last year of operation alone.
With the addition of the Figure 4 Standalone System to its 3D printing fleet this past August, RAG says it has doubled its production capacity. Other systems currently in use at the company’s facility include two 3D Systems sPro 60 HD-HS SLS 3D printers. RAG also works closely with 3D Systems’ On Demand service to offer clients SLA, DMP and MJP technologies.
The Figure 4, introduced by 3D Systems last Spring, is marketed as the industry’s first modular, scalable and fully-integrated 3D printing production platform. The technology is based on a digital molding technology and is capable of producing plastic parts at a rate and quality comparable to that of injection molding.
Since installing the Figure 4 Standalone, RAG says it not only doubled its production capacity but it also decreased its time-to-print process by almost 90%, from seven hours to less than 45 minutes.
“The Figure 4 Standalone—including 3D Sprint—truly delivers as promised with outstanding ease-of-use, six sigma repeatability of production parts, and incredible speed,” said Terry Hill, owner and CEO of Rapid Application Group. “The robust materials and injection-molding-quality surface finish, combined with very quick print times, have helped us double our capacity and throughput. We have already achieved full ROI with this one, remarkable 3D printer.”
RAG has also announced its plans to integrate 3D Systems’ ProJet MJP 2500 IC system into its production facility next year. Presently, it offers customers the possibility of ordering investment casting patterns through a collaboration with 3D Systems, but bringing the technology in-house will enable higher productivity.
To offer further details on the work being done by RAG using its 3D Systems’ AM equipment, 3D Systems will host a webinar this week featuring Hill. The webinar will take place on December 6th at 11am (EST).
“3D Systems partners with our customers, delivering 3D printing solutions to not only transform their manufacturing environment, but helping them grow their business and maintain competitive advantage,” added Phil Schultz, senior vice president, general manager, on demand and plastics, 3D Systems. “No matter the size and scope of a business, additive manufacturing can have an everlasting, positive impact on its end-users in more ways than one. It’s a true honor to see our solutions play a multipurpose role at Rapid Application Group.”
On top of serving clients across a number of industries, RAG has also prioritized community engagement, offering additive manufacturing courses to local high school students and organizing “Veterans to Additive,” a program dedicated to training disabled veterans in the additive manufacturing field. Finally, Hill also leverages his own AM expertise to explore the development of 3D printed prosthetics for disabled service animals.