He’s been designing, constructing and launching rockets as a hobby since he was 10 years old. So, it’s no surprise that Derrick Topp, saw a perfect opportunity to marry his job as a Rize mechanical engineer, constantly testing and perfecting Rize APD technology, with his passion for rocketry.
He designed a rocket using SOLIDWORKS CAD software,
Imported it into Rize Software, where he quickly applied the Rize logo and
3D printed in one build the 22” tall rocket in five sections on a Rize One 3D printer.
The rocket took about nine hours to print, yet Derrick removed the supports right at his desk in less than 60 seconds. The part used about 200 grams of material, costing $34.
The best part? Taking the rocket for its test flight.
Here's a video of Derrick setting his Rize Rocket up for flight.
Because Rize’s material, Rizium One, is so strong (uniform strength in X, Y and Z), light and has an HDT of 99°C, the rocket flew like a charm! And, what goes up, must come down; the rocket parachuted down and is ready to fly again.
Check out the video of the first and second flights! We even put the second flight in slo-mo for the extra coolness factor!
Check out these close-ups!