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A startup’s struggle to stand out in a crowded industry can a fewtimes get a lift of a distinguishing product showcase or the decision to focus on solving a specific problem.
That theory can be put to the test with Rize. Currently the Boston-area 3D printing startup announced what it’s been working on for additional than a year: a machine which the company says virtually eliminates the frequently messy and time-consuming work of refining a printed part (think cutting away excess material, sanding edges, and so on).
“The competence to have the part sooner than later—in most cases [in] half the time, without the hassle—is equitebody’s dream,” says Rize president and CEO Frank Marangell.
Rize emerges at a time when different types of market reports go on to predict quickly rising 3D printing device sales of the world over the future few years. But the falling stock prices of industry leaders like Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), along with a litany of disappointing 3D printing device projects on crowdfunding websites, have generated a additional sober outlook for the highly touted industry one of a few investors.
“Market dynamics are quite tough in the 3D printing space right now,” Bolt co-founder and general partner Ben Einstein says in an e-mail message. “The 2013-2015 hype cycle quite structurally damaged the industry as a whole, producing it somehow tough for startups to get above the fold.”
Rize can donate it a shot with its PC 3D printing devices which it says create “engineering- and medical-grade” thermoplastic parts which can be adorned with text and color images. The big inquiries are whether its innovation can consistently work as publicized
, and whether it can attract adequate customers.
Marangell, a former executive with 3D printing device manufacturers Objet and Stratasys, sees a big opportunity with Rize. He calls the need to clean up objects after printing, aka post systeming, 3D printing’s “dirty little secret.” Some techniques create parts inside a structure of assist materials which must be removed afterward. In most cases, Marangell says, removing the assist materials can take hours of extra work, maybe requiring a chemical bath to dissolve excess material, or sanding down the part, or other refinement methods.
“It can take approximately as much time and a fewtimes additional time than it takes to print” the part itself, Marangell says.
Rize says it created a printing device which needs less time and effort to style a usable part. The key to its system? As the printing device builds the part layer by layer, “repelling ink” gets jetted between the part and the assist materials. That ink all but “says assist me, but don’t stick to me,” Marangell says.
After the part is printed, the assist material “just pops right off” by hand, Marangell says—no filing or sanding necessary. (See demonstrations in the video below.)
The startup says its machines contribute a cleaner and additional environmentally friendly 3D printing device which can save businesses time and money and enable them to print parts in labs or of a desk in the office.
Matthew Fiedler, co-founder and chief engineer of Texas-based industrial 3D printing device maker Re:3D, thinks Rize’s innovation may be useful in a few situations, but he’s skeptical its pitch can resonate with equiteone. That’s for the reason assist material is not needd for a lot of 3D-printed parts, he says in an e-mail, “and with the advancements in software, combined with water soluble assist material, I don’t see the compelling reason to purchase a proprietary solution for the problem of assist material removal.”
Marangell, of course, sees things differently. “From our team’s experience, working with thousands of customers while at Objet, Stratasys, Z Corporation, and others, approximately equite part has assist material which needs to be removed,” he says. “Our customers can be commercial and industrial users, who print additional hard geometries which need assists.”
Rize has may already gotten interest of companies like … Next Page »
Jeff Engel is a senior editor at Xconomy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow @JeffEngelXcon
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