Rize Uses Voxel Control for Augmented Reality in 3D-Printed Parts

Rize Uses Voxel Control for Augmented Reality in 3D-Printed Parts
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Rize Inc. emerged from stealth almost two years ago, unveiling an office-ready 3D printer with unique capabilities including minimal post-processing and the ability to print ink directly on printed parts. Now, Rize has unveiled the first practical applications of this inkwriting technology with what it calls Digitally Augmented Parts, which can utilize embedded ink patterns for augmented reality and other Industrial 4.0 technologies.

A part 3D printed with APD featuring an embedded QR code. (Image courtesy of Rize.)

A part 3D printed with APD featuring an embedded QR code. (Image courtesy of Rize.)

Rize’s Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) combines thermoplastic extrusion with inkjet printing to bring elements of voxel control to the 3D printing process. This includes printing a special interface material in between the printed object and its support structures, allowing for quick support removal. It also means that Rize can integrate traditional 2D printing inks into the process, so that images, text and symbols can be written onto the surface of parts.

Rize’s Digitally Augmented Parts utilize this latter capability to embed markers, such as QR codes, onto parts that can provide traceability through the manufacturing process and lifecycle of the parts. A smartphone app can then be used to scan the code and call up the information. Rize is emphasizing the use of the 3MF file format, which is meant to include information beyond the simple geometry of a 3D file, for such an application. In addition to details like color, 3MF can carry data related to a component’s origin.

“This is the first step towards embedding intelligent capabilities within the part and connecting them through a digital thread into the digital twin of the part,” said Rize President and CEO Andy Kalambi, who was recently interviewed by engineering.com. “Rize is leading the integration of additive manufacturing into the digital ecosystem, which will redefine the user and customer and experience, and ultimately scale the technology to an entirely new segment of commercial and industrial users.”

Parts can be 3Dprinted to feature QR codes that can call up manufacturing information in a smartphone or tablet app. (Image courtesy of Rize.)

Parts can be 3Dprinted to feature QR codes that can call up manufacturing information in a smartphone or tablet app. (Image courtesy of Rize.)

As we learned from our earlier interview with Rize in 2016, APD, in some respects, mirrors HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), in that the use of inkjetting enables the introduction of functional inks. HP actually demonstrated a similar application for MJF, showing how an AR app can be used to scan a 3D-printed part with an embedded QR code.

Similar to some of the future capabilities that HP is promising with its MJF, Rize could also one day release inks that are electrically conductive, thermo-insulating or thermo-conducting. Though HP has substantial size and capital behind it, it may be that Rize, which has the flexibility of a small startup, will release these products sooner. Kalambi mentioned in our interview with him that the company is working on its future printers. Potential customers may have their fingers crossed that these new materials are in the works as well.

To learn more, visit the Rize website.

NYC Now Has Really Rapid Prototyping; Voxel Magic Does 3D Printing, Overnight

The voxel, analogous to the 2D pixel, is the smallest unit in 3D printing. Voxel Magic is New York City’s first overnight 3D printing service, promising “Fast & Friendly” delivery for those rush jobs, which are most jobs if you’re a student or a small business.

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Additive manufacturing may be revolutionizing the way things are made — by reducing product development cycle time and cost to a mere fraction of what it was 5 years ago — it still remains in the realm of specialists. Most desktop 3D printers are still not quite everyday household items. These amazing high-precision gadgets are not as user-friendly as the “desktop” name implies. They still require a very skilled (and rare) detail-oriented technical operator to inspect or adjust CAD files, select optimal material grades, launch the correct printing sequence, oversee the execution, carefully remove the print from the plate, trim extraneous supports, sand, finish, and possibly paint the object. In other words, one can’t press the print icon and wake up to finished parts. That’s why most large 3D printing houses avoid small jobs, rush jobs and small, rush jobs.

Problem is that’s most jobs for small businesses and students in New York City. They don’t have time to order a print, wait the 2 to 5 days it takes to be queued in a large offsite facility or overcrowded campus lab, plus wait another 3 to 7 days for shipping by an expensive courier service.

“If you’re a New Yorker, you probably need the print yesterday,” says John Arzayus, Founder of Voxel Magic. “We saw the opportunity to deliver the two things our clients need: faster speed and better service. Our competition can take days or even weeks to turn a job around. We can have your part finished for pickup in 24 to 48 hours. As for service, we also offer pre-print adjustment of your CAD file, whereas most 3D print shops won’t even touch design work, or they charge astronomical rates.”

John identified many bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the way most 3D printing service is delivered, starting with quoting and ordering. So Voxel Magic partnered with MakerOS to deploy their best-in-class “instant quoting” system on http://www.Voxel-Magic.com. The system runs 24/7, so new customers can upload a CAD file Sunday at 3am, get a live immediate quote by 3:01am (roughly) and if approved, the job would be immediately queued for meticulous review and execution, often overnight. It’s ready by noon the next day (in this example, Tuesday at noon).

To ensure quality and variety — not all machines print the same stuff the same way — Voxel Magic invested in 15 state-of-the-art 3D printers from MakerBot, FormLabs, gCreate, and Stacker.

With this “fast & friendly” formula, John expects Voxel Magic to become the top shop for really rapid prototyping in NYC. He also offers object scanning, consulting, and print finishing, all geared to Architects, Doctors/Dentists, Product Developers, Fashion & Accessory Creators, Inventors, and Students alike. Clients are notified via email at every stage of the 7-stage job-flow. Once ready, their print can be picked up at Voxel Magic’s location in the Lower East Side. More locations are planned, such as in the Fashion District, Midtown, Columbia University and Union Square.

For more information about Voxel Magic, visit http://www.voxel-magic.com or call (800) 239-8181.
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