Rize Inc., is a developer of industrial desktop machines. It introduces what it calls, “the first zero post-processing 3D printer, Rize One.” According to a company spokesperson, this 3D printer reduces turnaround time by 50%, cuts costs, improves part strength and eliminates the need for materials, equipment, facilities and other items that have been obstacles to expanding the usage of desktop machines out of dedicated lab environments.
Backed by Longworth Venture Partners and SB Capital with $4M in seed funding, Rize One is currently entering beta with Reebok. It will be available later this year.
Rize One features a patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) process and RiziumÔ One, Rize’s engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic filament. Users simply release a 3D printed part from its support structure cleanly, safely and in seconds with bare hands. No filing or sanding is required.
“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 double the total process time; add costs; and prevent 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 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.”
“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 labor, materials and equipment.”
Rize One was designed to be used primarily by engineers and product designers across a range of industrial and commercial applications, including prototyping for proof of concept and form, fit and functional testing in real-world conditions, end-use production parts and tooling, fixtures and jigs for manufacturing.
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.
Rize has harnessed the expertise of an experienced team of 3D printing materials, hardware and software professionals from Z Corporation, Objet and Revit. That team is led by Marangell, who took Objet, in six years, from a garage-based startup in the U.S. to an $85M behemoth, setting up an acquisition by Stratasys. The Company was co-founded by Eugene Giller, who developed inkjet 3D printing technology at Z Corporation and Leonid Raiz, inventor of 3D CAD software, architect of PTC’s Pro Engineer and founder of Revit.