APD voxel-level 3D printing includes Digital Rights Management into physical 3D printed parts for compliance, authenticity and traceability
Today we announced that we have launched the industry’s first Digitally Augmented Parts which enables augmenting functional 3D printed parts with digital information. This means you can now create a digital thread between the digital and physical part and accelerate Industry 4.0 technologies like blockchain and AR/VR applications.
The industry has faced significant challenges with parts that are non-compliant due to design changes, piracy, counterfeit and obsolescence, all of which negatively impacts your and your customers’ experiences and results in rework, recalls and loss of brand value.
With our patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) hybrid process, that combines extrusion and material jetting, you will be able to 3D print industrial parts with embedded markers that create an immutable connection to the digital part and bridge the gap between the virtual and real world.
Using the unique voxel-level ink jetting capability of our APD process, you can 3D print secure information on an industrial 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. For example, an engineer can store all of a part’s information digitally and maintain digital augmentation of the part throughout its lifecycle.
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This new capability also enhances the usage of the new 3MF format for 3D printing which carries significant intelligence on the additive part that can now be carried from the digital world into the physical world.
Andy Kalambi, Rize President and CEO remarked, “This is the first step towards embedding intelligent capabilities within the part and connecting them through a digital thread into the digital twin of the part. Rize is leading the integration of additive manufacturing into the digital ecosystem which will redefine the user and customer and experience and ultimately scale the technology to an entirely new segment of commercial and industrial users.”
We will be demonstrating our capability to produce Digitally Augmented Parts this week at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) in booth P5 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO.