Boston-based 3D printing company RIZE Inc. today announces a slew of new products, including the brand new XRIZE industrial desktop 3D printer with full-colour capabilities. In addition to the 3D printer launch, the company has also introduced a range of new materials, including RIZIUM CARBON and RIZIUM ENDURA, as well as the RIZE CONNECT cloud platform.
In its announcement, RIZE markets the new XRIZE 3D printer as the first of its kind in the market, offering users an additive manufacturing platform that does not require making tradeoffs between colour, strength and price. In other words, the XRIZE machine gives manufacturers the ability to produce functional polymer and composite parts in full colour and in an office setting.
The new 3D printer is based on the same patented Augmented Deposition technology that the company’s first machine, the RIZE ONE, is known for. To achieve full-colour prints, however, the printer simultaneously extrudes industrial-grade thermoplastics and jets inks (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) through industrial printheads to add pigment to the part as it is printed.
The platform relies on RELEASE INK, which is precisely jetted between the printed part and its supports, making it easy for the user to simply peel away the supports when the print is complete. This facet of the print process also removes the need for post-processing, as the company says parts come off the print bed with a smooth surface finish.
Finally, the XRIZE printer is also paired with the company’s RIZE ONETOUCH software, which enables users to add text, images or texture maps to monochrome 3D models. Alternately, users do have the choice to import colour CAD files.
Safety and other features
Despite being an industrial machine, RIZE emphasizes that its new XRIZE machine is easy to use and above all safe. For instance, the print process requires minimal pre- and post-processing and little material management. Like the RIZE ONE, the new 3D printer is designed to be used by any level of professional user, “from engineering to marketing to the manufacturing floor.”
The machine integrates an auto-leveling build plate, automatic filament changeover and an intuitive high-resolution touch screen that gives users access to a part library, build management tools and system diagnostics.
Looking at technical specifications, the machine boasts a build volume of 310 x 200 x 200 mm; layer thickness of between 0.250 mm or 0.125 mm; a resolution of 300dpi (X/Y) and 200dpi (Z) at 0.125mm layer thickness; and an accuracy of +/- .127 mm or +/-.003 mm (X/Y). The machine is also equipped with a heated build chamber and internet/cloud connectivity (optional).
In terms of more specific applications, RIZE says its new machine is well suited for producing full-colour prototypes for FEA and stress analysis, tooling with safety instructions, consumer products, package design, GIS mapping, anatomical models, pre-surgical models, marketing products, entertainment products and more.
The new XRIZE 3D printer, which will be presented at Formnext 2018 next week, will become commercially available in 2019 and will retail starting at $55,000.
As mentioned, the 3D printer announcement is also accompanied with the launch of two new materials: RIZIUM CARBON and RIZIUM ENDURA—both compatible with the XRIZE 3D printer (along with the company’s existing RIZIUM ONE and RIZIUM BLACK).
RIZIUM CARBON is an engineering-grade thermoplastic filament with reinforcing carbon fibers. The new material reportedly offers a “superior visual finish and higher modulus” thanks to its composite nature, and can be used for printing functional prototypes for manufacturing.
RIZIUM ENDURA, for its part, is a fiber-reinforced filament that offers high accuracy printing and high impact strength. RIZE says the new material is well suited for producing large functional parts. Notably, RIZIUM ENDURA is compatible with the XRIZE’s full-colour inks.
Finally, RIZE has also introduced RIZE CONNECT, a cloud-based platform that enables users to remotely manage their RIZE ONE or XRIZE 3D printers. The platform will notify users and give them updates, as well as allow them to queue jobs and manage a print farm from either desktop or mobile devices.
RIZE adds that the cloud-based platform also offers a higher degree of security to users in that it provides the option of using digital part identification and other types of part augmentation (like QR codes and version control) to improve part traceability, compliance and authenticity. The new software will launch in 2019 along with the XRIZE printer.
“Our mission from the beginning has been inclusive and sustainable innovation,” commented Andy Kalambi, President and CEO of RIZE. “With this approach, we can take additive manufacturing anywhere and to everyone. The way to do that is to make industrial 3D printing easy, safe and fully digital. Our innovative platform approach is the core to driving sustainable innovation. With the launch of XRIZE, RIZIUM CARBON, RIZIUM ENDURA and RIZE CONNECT, we are now realizing the potential of this platform, providing our customers with maximum flexibility, complete ease of use and quickest ROI.”
RIZE will be attending the upcoming Formnext trade show in Frankfurt from November 13th to 16th. Located at booth 3.1/C28, the company will be showcasing its hardware and material offering. In addition, RIZE VP of Product, Kishore Boyalakuntla, will give a presentation on today’s announcement on the TCT Stage on November 13th (2:45PM).