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Top Five 3D Printing Headaches

We recently surveyed more than 1400 engineers, additive manufacturing lab managers, product designers and other experienced commercial 3D printer users to learn what aspects of 3D printing frustrate them the most and, worse, actually hamper their ability to do their jobs. The vast majority of survey participants hail from the consumer products and commercial/industrial industry segments, with the rest spread across a variety of segments, from medical devices and service bureaus to education, military, aerospace and more.

When asked to rate twelve different 3D printing concerns, the top five, based on weighted average, were:

  1. Insufficient part strength
  2. High consumables costs
  3. Insufficient material properties
  4. Post-processing requirements (time, costs, mess, facilities and equipment)
  5. Unreliable 3D printer

Broken 3D printed part due to insufficient part strength.

When we combined the two most negative ratings of “Bothers me a lot, but is a necessary evil, doesn't really hamper my ability to do my job” and “Incredibly frustrating, hampers my ability to do my job,” the top five list shifts slightly, with printer reliability and post-processing moving up the list:

  1. Insufficient part strength
  2. Unreliable 3D printer
  3. Post-processing and consumables costs (tied for third)
  4. Insufficient material properties
  5. Inadequate part quality

Unreliable 3D printer results in failed builds and downtime.

Finally, and most interesting, we asked the open-ended question, “If you could immediately eliminate or solve one 3D printing headache, which one would it be?” Post-processing continued to move higher on the list. The top five answers were:

  1. Insufficient material properties and part strength (combined)
  2. Post-processing
  3. High consumables costs, unreliable 3D printer and inadequate part quality (all tied for third)
  4. Waiting for parts
  5. Generally high 3D printing costs

FDM support removal requires a time-consuming, messy chemical solvent bath.

Whether merely a nuisance or hindrance to job performance, it’s clear that

  1. Insufficient material properties, including part strength
  2. Post-processing
  3. Unreliable 3D printer
  4. High consumables costs
  5. Inadequate party quality

are the top five issues plaguing the industry and are likely barriers to large-scale adoption of commercial 3D printing.

Fortunately, Rize has solved these issues with the Rize™ One 3D printer, based on our patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) 3D printing technology:

  • Part strength - Rize produces isotropic parts twice as strong as FDM. Rize parts are also watertight without any post processing. And, with the ability to change material properties at the voxel level, our APD technology will also provide the capability for a wide variety of new materials, such as rubber, conductive, thermo-insulating and thermo-conducting materials.

Strong Rize parts are ideal for production tooling.

  • Post-processing - Rize is the only zero-post-processing 3D printer. Our APD process enables us to jet Release One ink between the part and its support, so you can release the support in seconds vs. hours using other systems, with your bare heads at your desk. No mess, no labor costs, no harmful chemicals, no special equipment or facilities.

Support releases from part in seconds, cleanly and safely.

  • Printer reliability – Rize One is a robust, reliable machine. It was designed to 3D print industrial-quality parts on demand 24 x 7 x 365. 

Rize One is a robust, reliable, industrial-class office 3D printer.

  • Consumables costs - Rize consumables are priced at less than half the cost of FDM materials and our Rize One 3D printer is a fraction of the price of comparable commercial-class systems. 

Rizium One engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic is less than half the price of FDM materials.

  • Part quality - APD involves the simultaneous extrusion of our own compound of medical- and engineering-grade thermoplastic and jetting selective additives at each voxel (3D pixel) wherever they are needed to change material properties. So, for the first time, a 3D printing technology is capable of delivering parts with the same surface finish, quality and material properties as injection molded parts, on demand in the office, safely, cleanly and environmentally friendly. Moreover, Rize provides a layer thickness of 0.25mm and, using Marking Ink, is capable of producing 300dpi text and images on parts. Our next release will produce photorealistic color thermoplastic parts.

Rize One produces industrial-quality parts and APD provides the capability of producing parts rivaling injection molded parts.

With Rize One and our APD process, we have solved the barriers to large-scale adoption of commercial 3D printing and opened the door for expanded on-demand prototyping, tooling for production and customized end-use parts across industry segments.