One negative thing about 3D printing that most people does not realize is that when the printed object comes out of the machine, the work is only halfway finished.
Once a printed part, even the tiniest ones, comes out of the printer there is some work that needs to be done. There are printers that require the parts to be soaked in sodium hydroxide in order to remove the frame that is supporting the parts while other printers require that the printed object be soaked in alcohol or perform sanding right after. In majority of the cases, the finishing touches that need to be done on the printed parts are as long, if not longer, than the time it took to print the 3D parts.
Rize, a startup company, claimed that it has found a solution for this problem. The company’s headquarter is in Boston and came out of the blue with a new product – a 3D printer called Rize One. This new printer claims that once the printed parts comes out of the machine, no laboratory work needs to be done and no assembling should be performed. All the operator has to do is print the object, take the frame off by snapping and then the job is finished.
According to the CEO and President of Rize’s, Frank Marangell, compared to other technology where it needs three hours to print something, Rize One will only take up 30 seconds. He cited baking a birthday cake as an example wherein one has to decorate the cake after it comes out of the oven just like the existing 3D printing. In the case of Rize One, there is no post-processing needed and the cake will be fully decorated once it comes out.
Currently, the startup company has gathered $4 million worth of funding coming from two companies – Longworth Venture Partners and SB Capital. They also have five beta clients from different industries such as a popular coffee company and supplier of the government military. The only customer that Rize is naming is the well known shoe company, Reebok. As printing technology evolves, so is the other printing companies in the world such as the Perth Printing Company.