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Rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and low-volume manufacturing company expands capabilities to provide continued high-quality services to customers around the globe.

Clare Goldsberry

January 31, 2017

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Star Prototype rebrands as Star Rapid; invests in growth

Star Prototype (Guangdong, China) announced last week that it has rebranded the company to Star Rapid. The new name comes at a time when traditional manufacturing operations are being combined with technologies like 3D printing to create new development solutions and reflects the company’s commitment to manufacturing high-quality products. As evidence of this commitment, the rebrand also coincides with an expansion of the company’s 60,000-square-foot facilities and investment of $2.5 million into cutting-edge equipment, including plastic injection molding machines, CNC machining centers, electrical discharge machines, and high-tech inspection and testing equipment to support innovation around the globe.

As an established global leader in rapid prototyping and low- to mid-volume manufacturing, Star Rapid has earned a reputation for quality workmanship, quick turnaround times and competitive pricing. With the addition of metal 3D printing and high-precision five-axis CNC machining, Star Rapid is poised to provide even more comprehensive solutions for next-generation parts and prototypes, volume production and finishing services, the company said in its announcement.

Star Rapid ensures customer needs are met through a strong emphasis on inspection and quality control. With dedicated employees, specific to this area, the company has invested in new testing equipment including metals and plastics spectrometers. These measures are essential for ensuring the conformance of raw materials and finished products.

“Star Rapid represents the next generation of manufacturing where precision meets passion,” said Gordon Styles, founder and President of Star Rapid. “The initial founding more than a decade ago, and the recent rebrand to Star Rapid were partly inspired by principles found within the world of Star Trek. As a company, we embrace high technology to enhance the expertise and experience of our staff, and we strive to operate as a meritocracy. We know that with the right tools and a dedicated team, we can challenge the status quo.”

Over the next five years, Star Rapid said it has plans to expand by an additional 30% and to continue its promise to stay rapid in everything it does, from the initial inquiry to the final products.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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