We discovered a great application for Rize’s unique hybrid APD additive manufacturing technology during a recent visit to our manufacturer. We noticed that they are using the 3D printer that they are manufacturing, Rize™ One, to produce fixtures used in the production of, yes, the Rize One 3D printer.
Our manufacturer wanted to find a way to prevent the printer from moving around on the table during final assembly. Given Rize One’s ability to quickly, easily and safely produce isotropic-strength parts in virtually any location, they realized they had the ideal tool right in front of them to do just that.
They designed and printed custom fixtures on the fly to hold the printer in place on the assembly table. The geometry of the fixtures is customized to precisely fit and securely hold each of the four bottom corners of the printer. When they need more fixtures or want to make design modifications, users simply print more fixtures, right there on the production floor where they need to use the parts.
Using their Rize One 3D printer to produce functional, isotropic-strength fixtures in manufacturing has made the production of Rize One 3D printers faster and easier, thereby streamlining the process and reducing costs.