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Additive Manufacturing for the Tool Room and Production Floor

During this evolutionary period in additive manufacturing, when use of the technology is rapidly expanding to production of functional end-use parts, we often think of large, global manufacturing companies who generally operate additive manufacturing in specialized, centralized labs, as the end-users of this technology. And, many of them are.

But, there’s another segment of end-users who can benefit greatly from 3D printing functional, end-use parts vs. machining them: small to mid-size commercial and industrial companies, such as thermoforming, production assembly, electrical assembly, welding and fabrication companies, and contract manufacturers, to name a few.  And, the needs of these companies differ widely from their mega counterparts.

Small to mid-size manufacturers might very well not be using 3D printers, so their staff is not trained to use 3D printers or finish parts. Moreover, they are not equipped with additive manufacturing lab facilities for venting, storing and disposing of toxic emissions and chemicals.

What these companies require from 3D printing is an entirely different user experience in additive manufacturing for themselves and their customers. To do this, the system must be:

  • Easy to learn and use for any existing team member, with minimal maintenance
  • Deliver the fastest time to a functional part
  • Provide a safe, clean process and materials, without VOCs, to operate in the existing tool room, engineering office or on the production floor
  • Affordable to purchase and operate
  • Require no post processing or part finishing after printing
  • Produce the strongest, industrial parts suitable for tooling and work holding; the parts must also interact well with machinery and metal parts
  • Provide 3D printed marking capability for safety, location and installation instructions, part numbers, audit information, logos and contact details for sales, quoting and more

We purpose-built the Rize™ One 3D printer with an appliance-like user experience to bring simplicity, safety, speed and strength to additive manufacturing. This enables companies to transform their production processes, redefine how they engage with customers and scale additive manufacturing across the value chain and to an entirely new segment of commercial users.

Simplicity -

Rize One is truly a plug-and-play industrial 3D printer. It requires minimal training with no expertise required, so you can easily use your existing staff. Rize also provides seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS. This tighter technical integration enables you to simply select Rize 3D Print from the SOLIDWORKS Tools menu. The Rize add-in automatically transfers files from SOLIDWORKS to the Rize slicing software without the need to export and import files. You can download the complimentary add-in from the Rize Website.

The Rize process uniquely minimizes post processing and part finishing after printing. This simplifies the process, eliminating the need for part finishing specialists. It also provides a completely safe and clean process without any chemicals that must be specially handled.

The voxel-level ink jetting capability of our hybrid APD process lets you 3D print marking directly onto your part, such as safety, storage or mounting instructions, version numbers, user ID/date, medical record number, logos and more. You can even build intelligence into your functional Rize parts and create a digital twin of your parts online. With this capability, digital technologies such as Blockchain can be used in your additiive manufacturing process to provide unprecedented customer and user experiences. You simply print secure information on your isotropic strength, end-use part, in a QR code for example. A common smartphone app can scan the QR code on the part and instantly display the corresponding digital information online. This creates a direct one-to-one correlation between the physical 3D printed part and its digital twin. For example, you can store all of a part’s information digitally and maintain digital augmentation of the part throughout its lifecycle.

 

Rize One is also highly reliable and requires very low maintenance.

Safety Unlike other 3D printing technologies, Rize eliminates VOCs and uses safe, biocompatible and recyclable materials. And, since the Rize One 3D printer requires virtually no post-processing of parts following printing, it eliminates the need for messy, and harmful solvents required by other 3D printing technologies. As a result, Rize One can be used in the office, tool room, on the production floor or even in the field.

Speed Print speed is not important. What is important is the total time it takes to get a functional part in your hand. This includes pre- and post-processing time, as well as print time. Our Rize Software automatically prints most imperfect files without additional software tools. Rize One 3D printers are also inclusive in the SOLIDWORKS design experience for a one-click print from SOLIDWORKS. And, eliminating post-processing after printing enables Rize One to deliver a functional part in the hand of your users, on demand at the point of consumption 2X faster than other 3D printing technologies.

Strength Rize uniquely produces isotropic strength parts (uniform strength in the X, Y and Z axes), so you don’t have to worry about how to orient a part in the printer to achieve the required strength. Rize parts are consistent and accurate with an HDT of 990C. The low water absorption rate of <0.01% for Rize parts reduces the chances of warping or coolant attack. And, Rize parts are chemically resistant to acid, alcohol and acetone.

Customer Example:

HMS Industries, Inc. (Read full case study)

Challenges

  • Faster, far more affordable way to build jigs & fixtures to hold parts during CMM quality inspections vs. aluminum fixtures
  • Safe, clean process (no special equipment/facilities)
  • Use existing staff
  • More efficient sales quoting process

Reason for purchase

  • Rize One is HMS’ first 3D printer
  • Zero-post-processing, part strength, ease of use, low cost

Application

  • Operates in HMS’ tool and die shop
  • Fixtures/jigs for production to ensure manufactured parts are consistent
  • 3D printed markup to indicate part location and part numbers
  • Sales parts for quoting

Results

  • Cut costs ($40/part vs. $1000/part for aluminum fixtures/jigs)
  • Cut production time in half
  • Eliminates the need to take a specially-trained employee off another job
  • Safe/clean process enables on-demand use in tool shop
  • HMS team was trained/up and running in <20 minutes; all team members use it
  • Saves money on potentially re-machining customer parts due to miscommunication
  • Increases customer satisfaction
  • Exceeds HMS’ expectations

Contact us to learn more, to get a sample part or to request a quote.