We’re honored to see how SimSpray plays a part in supporting The FABRICATOR’s Industry Award winner Rapid. “Nobody wants anything slower these days.” David Puleo, Rapid’s director of sheet metal says. At VRSim, we echo the belief about training.
SimSpray is designed to support faster, better training. Training with SimSpray includes a library of lessons and activities covering basic and advanced part geometries, common pitfalls and defects, and intricacies like Faraday effects. “This gives you the ability to get immediate feedback in a realistic environment.” Guy Pederzani, Rapid’s senior engineering supervisor, said.
Maximizing work flow for an on-demand environment
They call it continuous improvement for a reason. There’s always room for improvement—even when your name is Rapid Manufacturing.
Rapid is a $42 million custom sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining company in Nashua, N.H. The company, which is owned by Minnesota-based digital manufacturer Protolabs, was founded by Jay Jacobs in 2001 because he was underwhelmed with the service he got from metal fabricators in the area; he had come from the world of additive manufacturing, where quotes were returned quickly and prototypes could be delivered in days. But when he would try to reach out to sheet metal shops in his role as a manufacturer’s representative, he was promised quotes in a couple of weeks and parts in a four- to six-week time frame.
Since those early days, the company has worked to live up to its name. In doing so, it has added machining capabilities and streamlined its operations, such as by developing eRapid, a free add-in for SolidWorks that allows users to get instant metal quotes within the design software. Turnaround time for sheet metal projects is typically about seven days, with exceptions made for those jobs that require them.
Read more about Rapid’s achievement at The FABRICATOR