It’s so cool, it’s hard to put down. It’s a cube gear and our March Part of the Month.
While the cube gear is a must-have desktop gadget for those of us who tend to be a bit fidgety, it’s also a great example of a mechanical part, complete with interlocking gears, that move and fit just right - so long as it’s produced on a Rize™ One 3D printer.
We selected this part to demonstrate the precision, strength and color capabilities of Rize’s Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) voxel-level 3D printing technology. Since our material, Rizium One, has isotropic strength (uniform in x, y and z axes) and is twice as strong as ABSplus, you can drop it, drill it, use it as an end product or a functional part. It’s even watertight without post-processing. Also note Rize One’s unique capability to jet Marking Ink voxel by voxel in order to 3D print detailed text and images directly onto the thermoplastic part.
Most notable is how fast and easy it is to remove the part’s supports, thanks to our unique zero-post-processing technology, where Release One ink is jetted between the support and the part, providing just enough bond to hold them together during printing, yet repelling them enough to allow the supports to be removed as quickly, easily and cleanly as Velcro, right at my desk. Releasing supports from Rize 3D printed parts even sounds like Velcro. Printing the total gear cube part took just four hours, removing the supports took 80 seconds, for a total part turnaround of four hours and one and one half minutes, all completed in my office.