Reebok, like other sports apparel brands, has been using 3d printing in house for years to develop its products. Throughout that time, the post processing of their 3d prints has been somewhat of a nuisance.
To alleviate the time and money they spend putting the finishing touches on their 3d prints, Reebok has turned to a new printer which promises to eliminate the need for post-processing, called Rize One
"We run our 3D printers 24/7 to create the parts central to Reebok's innovation, and, unfortunately, post processing has been a necessary but laborious and time-consuming process," said Gary Rabinovitz, Additive Manufacturing Lab Manager at Reebok. "An easy-to-use, zero post-processing 3D printer like Rize would dramatically improve workflow, enabling us to deliver parts as much as 50% faster than similar technologies, while reducing the cost of labor, materials and equipment."
This partnership is serving as a beta program for Rize Inc, whose CEO used to run Objet, the industrial 3d printing company purchased by Stratasys in 2012.
"Post-processing has been 3D printing's dirty little secret, as engineers and additive manufacturing lab managers wrestled with the reality that post-processing parts after 3D printing often doubled the total process time; added substantial costs; and prevented 3D printers from the desktop," said Frank Marangell, President and CEO of Rize. "Rize One eliminates those sacrifices, opening a world of possibilities for designers and engineers to deliver prototypes and on-demand finished parts much faster and with stronger material - than before. Whether 3D printing helps you go to market, or create a market, Rize will fundamentally alter your production cycle."
The printer uses a medical grade thermoplastic material for producing parts and according to the folks at Rize, users simply take off the support materials from their 3d prints and they're good to go.