Rize One, first industrial desktop 3D printer with no post-processing.
After several years in stealth mode and a few sneak preview appearances at recent trade events in the U.S., Rize Inc., has officially announced the launch of its first zero post-processing 3D printer, Rize One.
We first came across Rize at the Additive Manufacturing User Group Conference in April and now just a short few months later, the Massachusetts-based company has announced the machine is to become available later this year.
Founded in 2012, from an experienced team of 3D printing materials, hardware and software professionals from Z Corporation, Objet and Revit, including Frank Marangell former President of Objet North America, Rize is backed by Longworth Venture Partners and SB Capital with $4M in seed funding.
The machine claims to cut turnaround time by 50%, reduce costs, improve part strength and eliminate the need for post-processing. Leveraging a patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) process and Rizium One, its own engineering and medical-grade thermoplastic filament, Rize says users can simply release a 3D printed part from its support structure cleanly, safely and in seconds with no filing or sanding required.
The APD process starts with Rize One automatically heating and extruding Rizium One to form a support structure. The printer then jets Release One, a 'repelling ink', between the support structure and the part, which weakens the bond between layers and ultimately makes it easier to break away support structures. Thermoplastic is then extruded to form the first layer of the part and continues to build until complete. Users can also use Rize's Marking Ink to add text and images.
Rize part with Marking Ink.
“Post-processing has been 3D printing’s dirty little secret, as engineers and additive manufacturing lab managers wrestled with the reality that post-processing parts after 3D printing often doubled the total process time; added substantial costs; and prevented 3D printers from the desktop,” said Frank Marangell, President and CEO of Rize and former president of Objet North America. “Rize One eliminates those sacrifices, opening a world of possibilities for designers and engineers to deliver prototypes and on-demand finished parts much faster and with stronger material – than before. Whether 3D printing helps you go to market, or create a market, Rize will fundamentally alter your production cycle.”
Rize One was designed primarily for engineers and product designers across a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, from prototyping to end-use production parts and tooling. The machine is currently entering beta with Reebok.
“We run our 3D printers 24/7 to create the parts central to Reebok’s innovation, and, unfortunately, post processing has been a necessary but laborious and time-consuming process,” said Gary Rabinovitz, Additive Manufacturing Lab Manager at Reebok. “An easy-to-use, zero post-processing 3D printer like Rize would dramatically improve workflow, enabling us to deliver parts as much as 50% faster than similar technologies, while reducing the cost of labour, materials and equipment."
The technology powering Rize One also is adaptable enough to allow for the use of other materials that have various part properties – creating a wider spectrum of applications.
Removing support structures with Rize One.