PRESS RELEASE – RAPID Launches Free Design for Manufacturing Resources


RAPID Launches Free Design for Manufacturing Resources

RAPID announces the launch of design for manufacturing resources available for download.

May 4, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – RAPID launches free design for manufacturing resources for engineers. The free resources include single cheat sheets and design guides. These resources cover common questions and challenges engineers face when designing prototype sheet metal and prototype machine parts.

The cheat sheets are a series of one-page documents focused on educating about manufacturing terminology. The goal is to arm engineers with tools so when asked about design specifications and design questions the communication between the manufacturing engineers and design engineers is frictionless. The cheat sheets are available for download at

RAPID has also launched design for manufacturing guides. The sheet metal guide focuses on manufacturability best practices for hems, countersinks, holes, slots, and more. The machining guide covers best practices for fillets, tolerances, hole depth, mating parts, and more. The guides are continually being updated as engineers provide feedback. The guides are available for download at

Len Morrissey, RAPID”s President, states, “These guides are great tools for our customers. We are providing them resources to answer their questions. Both our internal team and customers have been instrumental in building the documents by providing questions and common challenges faced in the industry. We are looking to continually evolve and expand the DFM information provided to our customers to make sure the process from design to manufacturing is frictionless.”

In addition to the design for manufacturing resources available for download, RAPID offers eRAPID. The SOLIDWORKS plug-in provides real-time feedback within CAD. The application is free to download for sheet metal, and a machining version is currently in beta. eRAPID is available for download at



RAPID employs over 325 people focused on quick-turn PROTOTYPE sheet metal & machined parts. Rapid Sheet Metal offers a FREE add-in, eRAPID, for SOLIDWORKS that allows users to cost and order sheet metal parts within CAD, instantly. eRAPID also provides design for manufacturability feedback as users design sheet metal parts. Rapid Machining quotes machined & turned parts within 24 hours. RAPID ships all parts in days, not weeks. Other services include wire harnesses, cable assemblies and box builds.



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