For me, everything always seems to come back to food. But in this case, it’s a perfect analogy. 3D printing is a lot like baking a cake.
Consider this. You need to do a lot of work before you’re ready to put a cake in the oven. You have to pre-heat the oven, prepare the ingredients, measure and mix them just right, spread the batter in the pan and so on. And, you’re still not done after the cake comes out of the oven. You need to let it cool, transfer it to a platter, frost and decorate it before you can serve or eat it.
What most people don’t realize, but 3D printer users know all too well, is that the same holds true for 3D printing. On the front end, users are faced with complex software required to design and make a file 3D printable. This involves a CAD (computer aided design) program and third-party file-fixing software – a tedious and time-consuming process that requires considerable expertise.
After a part is 3D printed, there is even more work to do - post-processing - before your part is usable, and in many cases, touchable. The part’s support material (built with the part to support areas like overhangs and holes during printing) must be removed, sometimes parts need to be cured or coated with chemicals in order to make them strong, often they need sanding to make them smooth and, if text and images are desired, they need to be painted.
All of this can take even longer than the time it takes for the part to be built in the 3D printer, it’s costly in terms of labor, materials, equipment and special facilities requirements and it’s messy and often hazardous, which means post-processing can only be done in a properly equipped lab environment (if one is available) far away from the user, even if the printer itself is small enough to have in an office.
These are just some of the necessary evils 3D printer users have had to put up with for years.
Rize’s patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) 3D printing platform eliminates the hassles of pre- and post-processing, getting you to a usable part 50% faster than other technologies, while cutting costs, mess and hazards. On the front end, our unique software is as easy as clicking ‘print,’ eliminating the need for file fixing or to use third-party tools and making it easy for you to 3D print files created in the software you prefer.
After printing, removing supports takes just seconds, cleanly and safely with your bare hands – no coating or sanding are needed.
Our Rize™ One commercial-grade desktop 3D printer exists as safely and comfortably in a typical office as it does in a lab environment. All of which means we’ve removed today’s key barriers to 3D printing adoption and market expansion.
We invite you to learn more.