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Wednesday Interview — A Few Questions For: Rize, Removing the Need for Post-Processing in 3D Printing

by • August 2, 2016 • No Comments

logo-colorEquite so frequently in the 3D printing industry, a company emerges seemingly of nowhere, coming out of stealth mode and eager to drop leading manufactures it to on the technological scene. Last spring, Carbon took this tactic, surprising us all with their amazing CLIP advancement — and just a couple of weeks ago now, Rize Inc. emerged to start telling the world of their innovative take on 3D printing. Rize’s dream is much like to that of many in the industry: to remove the require for post-processing. Promising to cut processing time in half, as well as significantly reducing costs and materials involved in the additive making process, this process is a sort of glowing grail for the industry. With post-processing frequently bringing just as long as, or futurely in fact longer than, the time it takes to in fact print a part, cutting back on this step provides obvious benefits for the industry.

Whilst it sounds too great to be true, Rize pretty appears to be assisting its claims. Below is a swift appear at a demo revealing how swift their assist removal is:

We’ve read of it, we’ve seen video of it in action — but of course we all want to understand additional of what all Rize has to contribute, as well as how the company got its start. In wanting to learn additional of Rize, I had A Few Questions For the company’s President and CEO, Frank Marangell, who obliged me by providing an in-depth appear at the story of Rize as it stands so far.

From a team with astounding 3D tech pedigrees to stealth mode and seed funding to pricing and release, at a lower place are Marangell’s responses to fill us in on the past, present, and short-term next for this amazing (and, as it turns out, quite environmentally friendly) company.©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography3 Prescott street, Somerville, MA 02143www.chomitz.com jon@chomitz.com617.625.6789

The Rize team all have amazing backgrounds in 3D printing and turn it into; how did you all come together to form Rize?

Our founder, Eugene Giller, had left Z Corporation and was inventing the advancement out of his home. He recruited Tom Davidson, our VP of Engineering who worked with Eugene at Z Corp., to manufacture his invention a reality. At of the same time, I left Stratasys and was exploring new opportunities. I heard of what Eugene and Tom were createing, most known the huge benefit and resulting market future and said, “Sign me up.” With many of us having worked at Z Corp. and Objet for many years and being situated in the Boston area, that is the world hub for 3D printing, we were able-bodied to hand pick the most 3D printing software, materials, mechanical engineering, customer assist and marketing ability in the industry. We’ve truly assembled a 3D printing dream team.

Rize has been operating in stealth for two years; can you tell us of that time?

We were seed funded in late 2014, with $4 million of Longworth Venture Partners and SB Capital. We’ve utilized that investment to move into office and lab space, hire our core team and refine the advancement. We’re now entering beta with several well-understandn companies, which include Reebok.

©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography3 Prescott street, Somerville, MA 02143www.chomitz.com jon@chomitz.com617.625.6789Was eliminating the require for post-processing a major goal of the startning?

Despite the go ond evolution of 3D printing, the advancement’s promise has been greater than the real-world use. Especially for those who depend on prototyping to assist fuel advancement and for those who see the future for on-the-go production parts. Until this point, users had to manufacture sacrifices throughout the process, of file to part. Whether for speed or ease of use, safety or durablity, cleanliness or software complexity, they just mayn’t have it all – regardless of whether they utilized a PC or sizeable, expensive machine operating in a lab.

We set out to eliminate those sacrifices by createing a platform that sets a new standard for turnaround speed and ease of use in industrial machines that can exist as comfortably and safely on PCs as they can in lab environments. With zero post-processing, Rize donates parts in less than half the time. That, in addition to zero toxic emissions and industrial-quality parts that are 2x sturdyer than much like machines, provides efficiency of location and confidence in prototype reliability while eliminating health concerns.

Eliminating post-processing is one of, and most likely the many appreciated, benefits of our advancement. For years, engineers have complained of the different types of post-processing materials and methods, that leave 3D printed products sitting for hours, if not days, preceding they can be evaluated, tested, improved and utilized. With parts on the market-bodied for immediate use after printing, Rize opens a world of possibilities. An updated prototype for a significant meeting in the future morning. An thought sent to a PC overseas for evaluation that same day. A making engineer keeping the assembly line humming by creating a custom tool in a few hours. A mechanic printing and installing a custom part while you wait. A direct link to a CT scanner that turns images to accurate replicas of body parts on demand. Whether hastening time to market or time to install, the impact is dramatic.

Zero post-processing in addition eliminates the hassles that frustrate users, keeping focus on the creativity that is essential to advancement and production. Gone are the messy and toxic post-processing materials, the special hookups and space required for post-processing devices and, many importantly, the hours of expensive labor required to deal with all of it.

In layman’s terms, how does the Augmented Polymer Deposition advancement work to eliminate post-processing?

Our patented APD advancement involves the simultaneous extrusion of engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic and the jetting of special inks that can alter the material properties of the thermoplastic voxel (3D pixel) by voxel. This enable-bodieds a myriad of capabilities and applications, but one of these is the elimination of post-processing. After the thermoplastic assist is created, a layer of Release One ink is jetted between the assist and the first layer of the part. The release ink is just adequate to prin factt the part of slipping during printing, but enable-bodieds the user to just release the part of its assist in seconds with their bare hands in a typical office environment, without mess, chemicals, special facility or storage space requirements or sanding/filing.

In fact, we tested the assist removal of the same part turn it intod on a Rize One 3D printing device and a Stratasys uPrint, that requires the part to be immersed in a chemical solvent in order to remove the assist. Whilst the Stratasys part required 3 hours for the assist to dissolve (and had to be done in a lab environment), the Rize assist was removed in 25 seconds at the user’s desk. This represents huge time and cost savings.

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How did Reebok and Rize come to work together?

Gary Rabinovitz, Additive Manufacturing Lab Manager at Reebok, first saw our advancement at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) meeting last year. Known for being a advancement innovator, as well as an additive making tremendous and super user, Gary not long ago visited Rize to see our facility, the printing device and meet the team, many of whom Gary has understandn for years at former 3D printing companies, Z orporation (later acquired by 3D Systems) and Objet (later acquired by Stratasys). Gary immediately most known the value that our advancement and team may have on product turn it into and createment at Reebok, as well as the 3D printing industry.

He said, “We run our 3D printing devices 24/7 to turn it into the parts central to Reebok’s advancement, and, unfortunately, post processing has been a necessary but laborious and time-consuming process. An effortless-to- use, zero post-processing 3D printing device like Rize may dramatically improve workflow, allowing us to donate parts as much as 50% swifter than much like technologies while reducing the cost of labor, materials and equipment.”

©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography3 Prescott street, Somerville, MA 02143www.chomitz.com jon@chomitz.com617.625.6789Is the Rize One first targeted for specific industries that can benefit many of the lack of post-processing?

Rize transforms how products are turn it intoed and manufactured across a broad range of industries – of footwear and sporting equipment to consumer greats, aerospace, car, government agencies, medicine, architecture and many additional – opening up a world of possibilities for those who depend on prototyping to assist fuel advancement, for those who see the future for on-the- go production parts and those who create a limited quantity of customized end-use parts.

For many across industries, 3D printing hasn’t been viable-bodied or optimized for the reason it wasn’t robust adequate for the application, it wasn’t safe adequate to use on the PC in an office or the time and hassles of post-processing severely limited its use and effectiveness.

Rize One donates a concludely hassle-free, office-safe and low-priced-bodied commercial-quality 3D printing solution that creates a usable-bodied part swifter than any other method. This manufactures our solution thoughtl for a wide variety of commercial applications across a expanding number of markets to improve turn it intos, increase accuracy, cut costs, streamline operations and speed time to market.

©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography3 Prescott street, Somerville, MA 02143www.chomitz.com jon@chomitz.com617.625.6789Is the Rize One meant primarily for prototyping use, or can its use extend into finished parts? What material capabilities are possible?

Since our compound of engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic, Rizium™ One, is 2X sturdyer than the materials utilized by FDM processs, Rize advancement is suitable-bodied for prototypes, tooling, fixtures and jigs for making and limited-run, customized end-use parts.

Due to the way that the material bonds during the printing process, Rizium One is able-bodied to retain much of its isotropic properties, that means that the parts printed in this material have almany the same durablity in all directions (X, Y and Z). This differs of many 3D printing technologies, that are unable-bodied to turn it into parts that are as sturdy in the Z-axis, due to the weak bonds between every layer of material. Parts created with the Rize One just experience a 10 percent loss in isotropic properties, compared to the stock material. Typical FDM parts, on the other hand, lose around 40 percent of their Z-durablity.

We are able-bodied to jet an additive of our choice at every voxel. Our IP is based on thermoplastic extrusion and and so jetting an additive on every voxel wherever it manufactures sense to alter the characteristic of that material. Due to the inkjet print head, it’s possible to bind thermoplastic filament with functional inks. For effortless assist removal, this is Release One, but, our beta model of Rize One can in addition come with the ability to 3D print detailed text and images with Marking Ink. This ink is jetted anywhere and anytime it’s called for in the file to print directly onto parts. In next releases, this ability can be expanded to encompass the conclude CMYK color profile for full, photorealistic color 3D printing.

We can in addition come out with other functional materials, such as conductive, thermo-insulating and thermo-conducting inks. You can immediately imagine what else we can do with voxel-level 3D printing. You can turn it into active smart sensors so that you can in fact have a 3D printed part that has active materials in it. You can turn it into a battery inside a 3D printed structure. The sky’s the limit. One specific application we are working on is the ability to alter the mechanical properties of the plastic by coating it with a flexible additive in order to create effortless-bodied, but effective hearing aids. Many of the world’s hearing aids in the present day are 3D printed with SLA advancement, that limits the structure of the device to one material property. We’ll be able-bodied to 3D print them in such a way that the interior channel of the aid is rigid, so that sound can bounce through the hearing canal, while the exterior is coated in soft, flexible material so that it fits comfortably inside a wearer’s ear.

©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography3 Prescott street, Somerville, MA 02143www.chomitz.com jon@chomitz.com617.625.6789

The Rize One is set for commercial release later this year; is there any announcement yet on a additional specific timeline and/or pricing?

We are entering into beta in August. We plan to start bringing orders in September of 2016 and start shipping in late Q4 2016 or early Q1 2017. The price of Rize™ is $19,000 USD. The conclude box (consumable-bodieds and table-bodied) is priced at $25,000 USD.

What else should we understand of Rize and the Rize One? Can you tell us any next plans?

Despite the fact that Rize’s APD is an industrial-grade 3D printing platform, our process is concludely safe and environmentally-friendly, of file to finished part. Our materials are safe, Green and recyclable-bodied and, unlike other PC 3D printing devices, Rize One does not emit any harmful particles.

Moving forward, you can assume new materials, new 3D printing devices, and a few quite amazing applications.

Rize appears poised for good results in the industry — and we can pretty be keeping an eye out for all next createments of this company as they release the Rize One later this year and go on to create their Augmented Polymer Deposition advancement. Discuss additional in the Rize One 3D Printer / CEO Interview forum over at 3DPB.com.

[All images provided to 3DPrint.com of Rize; ©2016 Jon Chomitz Photography]