We received a great honor last week at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. The Rize One 3D printer, based on our patented APD (Augmented Polymer Deposition) 3D printing technology, was selected from among scores of entries as a 2017 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. Only three other 3D printing companies received this distinction.
The annual CES Innovation Awards celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology products. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories, including 3D printing. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique/novel features present and how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace.
No, Rize One is not a consumer product. In fact, it was the only industrial-class 3D printer recognized for this honor. That is because Rize will have enormous impact on the products and services that consumers, well, consume.
The promise of 3D printing has been greater than its real-world use. Users have made sacrifices throughout the process, from file to printed product. Whether for material properties, speed or ease of use, safety or strength, cleanliness or software complexity, they simply couldn’t have it all. This has hindered consumer access to the technology. Their holy grail? The ability to 3D print injection molded-quality parts on demand, quickly, safely and affordably.
Rize One, eliminates those sacrifices, setting a new standard for turnaround speed and ease of use in commercial-quality 3D printers that exist as comfortably and safely in offices as they do in labs.
While consumers won’t use Rize One, its unique capabilities will finally give them access to this powerful technology: downloading a file for unique cabinet hardware and going to the home improvement store where store personnel can print the part, in the right material, surface finish and color. Going to an auto mechanic where the mechanic can print a replacement part for your car. Visiting an oral surgeon where he'll print a drill guide in his office vs. a lab, resulting in faster service, lower costs and better surgical results.
Rize One was designed to be large enough to print 80% of parts, yet compact enough to sit on a desktop. It’s gull-wing door permits easy visibility and access to the inside of the printer, and its slick color and interesting angles make it the kind of high-tech equipment innovative designers are proud to showcase on their desktops.
APD involves the simultaneous extrusion of our own compound of medical- and engineering-grade thermoplastic and jetting selective additives at each voxel (3D pixel) wherever they are needed to change material properties. So, for the first time, a 3D printer is capable of delivering parts with the same surface finish, quality, material properties and color as injection molded parts, on demand on the desktop, safely, cleanly and environmentally friendly.
Hassle-Free: Post-processing after 3D printing is one of 3D printing’s dirty little secrets. The world’s only zero-post-processing 3D printer, Rize One eliminates time- consuming, messy and toxic support removal, coating, sanding and painting, producing a usable part 50% faster than other systems.
Strong parts: Our thermoplastic is 2X stronger than ABSplus. Due to the way the material bonds during the printing process, it retains its isotropic properties, so that the parts have the same strength in all directions (X, Y and Z). And parts made with Rize One are uniquely watertight, so they can be used in medical applications, such as orthopedic surgery.
Safe and Environmentally friendly: Desktop 3D printers should be safe and environmentally friendly throughout the entire process – without toxic particle emissions and harmful materials, which isn’t the case with today’s 3D printers. Rize One is the only office-safe 3D printer.
Rize One breaks the paradigm mold for 3D printing and manufacturing, giving consumers access to this powerful technology.