Case Studies

Boston Engineering Speeds Prototyping by Using Their RIZE 3D Printer

Challenge

Boston Engineering wanted to reduce process bottlenecks and the high operating costs of their lab printers.

Solution

Boston Engineering engineers produce functional parts with RIZE.

Results

  • Produce 10-12 prototypes a week
  • Get parts same day vs. potentially waiting 2 or 3 days
  • Material costs are less than half the cost of the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) materials
  • More effectively sell designs to clients

“Driven by making a meaningful impact.” That’s the philosophy of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Boston Engineering. Since 1995, the company has provided comprehensive product design and engineering consulting services spanning the entire product development process, from concept through commercialization, across consumer products, defense and security, medical devices, robotics, and industrial and commercial products.

Whether designing the most innovative products and technologies or getting to market faster, Boston Engineering thrives on solving their clients’ challenges and making a lasting difference in the way people work and live. Unfortunately, launching these new products can take months or even years.

The lab’s 3D printer Creates Bottlenecks

Developing the best products and technologies and beating the competition to market requires fast and frequent iteration. While the engineers worked in cubicles in a typical office environment, their 3D printer, which wasn’t office-friendly, was in a lab far from their desks, slowing down the printing process.

It wasn’t uncommon for the team to wait as long as two to three days for each of their parts to come back from the additive manufacturing lab. On top of the time delays, the high operating costs of their current Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) system in the form of materials, facilities, handling, and labor costs associated with post-processing after 3D printing impact their bottom line.

Rize 3D printer Installed in The Engineering Office

John DePiano, Director of Product Development at Boston Engineering, recognized that reducing the time it takes to develop parts for his clients would alleviate the existing process bottlenecks experienced by his team of engineers. So John researched several industrial 3D printer brands to find a better solution for his team. That’s when he learned about RIZE, so he visited the RIZE headquarters for a technology demo.

Given its unique minimal post-processing capability, safe and environmentally-friendly process, and portable size, John decided to purchase a RIZE 3D printer which now resides right next to the engineers in their office.

Using RIZE technology, their engineers produce 10-12 prototypes per week, primarily focusing on components of larger systems for clients to help explain their designs. Many prototypes are for medical testing equipment, but they could be for virtually anything, including functional parts for submersible vehicles, thanks to RIZE’s low water absorption uptake of <.01%.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a 3D printed part is worth a million pictures. “RIZE helps us get the idea across,” said John. “It gives us a faster and more effective way to communicate and sell our designs to our clients. Recently, one of our clients took a RIZE 3D printed part back to his office to show his team. It was far more useful than asking him to try to explain what he saw in a file.”

RIZE Delivers Parts in One Day

With RIZE, Boston Engineering’s engineers get their parts the same day vs. potentially waiting two or three days when using their original 3D printer. That’s because RIZE parts are usable almost immediately after printing. There is no waiting for supports to dissolve in a chemical bath and no bottlenecks. Engineers can easily remove the support material in seconds with their bare hands right at their desks. This capability enables them to build and evaluate physical parts the same day they are designed in some cases. The design approval process can happen much faster now. “It’s so convenient,” adds John, “Whenever we need to print a part, the printer is right here. We print it, and we have it. We don’t have to wait for the lab.”

Boston Engineering also realizes significant cost savings with RIZE. Not only was the RIZE 3D printer itself a fraction of the cost of their previous 3D printer, but the material costs are less than half since. Additionally, there is no labor, facilities, disposal, and material costs associated with post-processing, the cost savings even more significant.

RIZE is quickly gaining popularity at Boston Engineering. As engineers from other groups notice John’s team delivering parts in the same day vs. two or three days, they too want their own RIZE 3D printer. He is looking to add another RIZE 3D printer to serve more engineers as the team expands.

John anticipates moving an increasing number of functional parts, fixtures, and one-offs to his RIZE 3D printer, given the best-in-class Z-strength of its material, RIZIUM™. He also plans to look into the full-color capabilities with the xRize system for enhanced detail design studies and even 3D printing finite element analyses (FEA) to describe and depict areas of focus to their customers.

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