2013 - Our 2 founders meet for the first time while working on engineering projects. They both have a strong love for design, creation and manufacturing.
2014 - Our founders begin working with 3D Printers, adding their own manufacturing and energy expertise to the processes, quickly becoming experts with the technology. They saw the huge potential offered by the technology, and the The Rapid Foundation was formed.
2015 - As engineers and innovators, the founders wanted to test the technology on location, to ensure its suitable, so they worked with UCDVO to field trial a 3D printer in India and Uganda during the summer of 2015. The trials were conducted by two student engineers, Paul Crozier (India) and Emmet Walsh (Uganda) and managed and supported by the founders.
Now - Due to the success of the trials, The Rapid Foundation was formalised to expand the vision of the founders. The foundation will send printing kits to additional locations with UCDVO in 2016. The foundation is also working with other charitable groups/projects to progress their projects and low cost assisitive technologies.
3D modeling software is vital in turning ideas into reality. It allows objects to be 3D printed, but also shared online to utilize the global open source community. Software such as Autodesk Inventor, meshmixer, 123D, as well as tinkerCAD and sketchup allows anyone to quickly and easily produce 3D models for production.
Our event series runs yearly in Ireland. Our overseas work is ongoing in Uganda & India, with more locations coming soon.
We use low cost consumer 3D printers to help local people produce a range of useful products, from basic assistive technologies to educational aids. The low cost printers are easy to build, use and fix or modify as well as robust in remote locations. With expert training anybody can become comfortable with using these printers in a few hours, as demonstrated from out open public 3D printing evenings.
“Putting technology in the hands of the people who need it”
3D Modeling Software
Virtual Reality technology will play a key role in people digitally designing their own products. Many people have trouble visualizing 3Dmodels and as such find it difficult to turn their ideas into models/products. We want to use VR technology to help people see and manipulate their ideas in real time, to improve the design process. It can also help bridge cultural divides, allowing more people to experience the wider world.
mission & vision
All ideas are worth exploring, and we give the means to develop these ideas to all. We provide support and expertise to turn ideas into reality.
We love working with new companies, groups and organizations. If you would like to support, collaborate or host an event, let us know.
Low costs electronics, including Raspberry Pi & Intel Galelio, allow us to teach simple electronics and produce functional technology with minimal costs. These systems are only limited by the users imagination, with cheap sensors and actuators available making them a perfect addition to the foundations technology.
Low Cost Electronics
The Opensource community is a wealth of knowledge and expertise, with a desire for progress. Opensource designs such as the Enable Raptor Hand is a key part of our activities.
Low cost virtual communications systems can bridge the distance gap between our base in Dublin and our overseas projects. Email, Skype, Remote Desktop, and Webcams allows us to troubleshoot, teach, and interact with both facilitators and users overseas. This also allows for full control over the 3D printer and remotely controlling it, when necessary.
The Rapid Foundation's goal is to provide open source, easy access, low cost technologies to people who need it, aiming to empowering them to invent, design, and create solutions to their problems. Their work includes both national and international activities from small public engagement seminars and workshops up to month long overseas aid projects in Uganda and India. Find out how you can contribute, no matter what your tech literacy is.