Our patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) is an inclusive, multi-material 3D printing technology. APD combines two discrete technologies, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Piezo Jetting to simultaneously extrude medical- and engineering-grade thermoplastic and jet selective additives at each voxel (3D pixel) wherever they are needed to change the characteristic of the material.

APD enables us to bind thermoplastic filament with functional inks. For easy support removal, this is Release One. For detailed text and images, this is Marking Ink that is jetted anywhere and anytime it’s called for in the file to print directly onto parts. 

Intelligent products increasingly require parts with variable materials, which include mechanical, electrical and chemical properties. APD fuses them into unified parts, enabling innovators to deliver unprecedented customer experiences.

How APD works:

  1. Prepare your file: Rize’s breakthrough software automatically prepares your CAD file for 3D printing with one click – even imperfect files.
  2. 3D print your part: Rize One heats and extrudes Rizium™ One, our engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic filament, to form the part’s support. An industrial print head jets Release One ink wherever it’s needed between the part and its support structure, to weaken the bond between these two layers. Rize One continues to extrude Rizium One layer by layer until the part is complete. Marking Ink is also jetted wherever and whenever it’s called for in your file to produce detailed text and images in and on the part.
  3. Release the support: Simply release the 3D printed part from its support structure cleanly, safely and in seconds with your bare hands; without any filing or sanding, your part is ready to use.

  Download White Paper, "Demystifying Augmented Polymer Deposition" (PDF)

  Download White Paper, "3D Printing: The Impact of Post-Processing," by Todd Grimm (PDF)