We recently ran a side-by-side comparison to demonstrate how our patented zero-post-processing Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD™) desktop 3D printing platform delivers a usable part faster and easier than similar technologies.
We 3D printed this typical mechanical part on the new Rize™ One 3D printer and on a professional-class, desktop FDM 3D printer. In both cases, the actual 3D print time was the same. But here’s where it gets interesting. Removing the supports from the competitor’s part required 3 additional hours after the part finished 3D printing, while removing the support from the Rize part took just 25 seconds. That additional three hours of post-processing time for the FDM part represents an additional work day before someone can get this part (vs. Rize which delivered the part in the same day). And that’s just for this one part. We’ve seen the time it takes to post-process a part on the FDM machine can take as long as 7 or more hours vs. seconds using Rize 3D printing technology. Multiply that by numerous parts you produce per day, week, month and year.
Here’s why there’s such a dramatic time savings using Rize.
The competitor’s technology requires immersing the part in a solvent following printing. We didn’t want this messy chemical bath near employees in our office space, so we put it in a lab area, far away from staff. Luckily we have the space to do this, but many offices do not. We had to check the progress of the support removal several times, as you can see below, first, after one hour, then after 2 hours and finally after 3 hours it was ready to remove from the solvent, rinse and dry.
In comparison, we removed the support material from the Rize part in a standard office, in just 25 seconds. No sanding required, no chemicals, no mess. We had our usable part just seconds after printing.
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Most 3D printer manufacturers don’t talk about the post-processing systems required after 3D printing parts using their technology, whether it be leaving the part to cure or bake for hours, blowing off powder, sanding, dipping in cyanoacrylate (CA) or more. When they talk about print speed, it doesn’t include the total time required to get a usable part. Although 3D printing speed was the same for both systems tested, the turnaround time with Rize One was a fraction of the time it took to get a usable part on the FDM system - the difference between same day and next day turnaround time.