Back in September of last year, we introduced our very first part of the month blog, with the prototype shown below of the actual carriage we use in our Rize One 3D printer. The carriage houses both our extruder and print head.
We’re revisiting this part in a whole new way for our April part of the month. Check it out. We’ve attached an AMP PC board and an extruder hotblock with a heater cartridge and temperature sensor assembly attached. Given our material HDT (heat deflection temperature) of 99 ⁰C, we’ve used it functionally for testing in some of the printers in our office.
In the photos below, you can see that we have also used heat stake inserts for installing other components and even installed Plastite screws in other places, such as the bearing clamps on the bottom side of the part.
We can do this because our material, Rizium™ One, is a high-end engineering thermoplastic with isotropic properties – meaning it has uniform strength in the x, y and z axes. This is quite unique in the industry. Rizium One is twice as strong as ABSplus and even stronger than polycarbonate in the Z axis. And, since any part is only as strong as its weakest point, isotropic properties are critical when using a part for functional and end-use purposes.
Learn more about this topic in our white paper, The Importance of Z-Strength in 3D Printing.