It hasn’t been quite a full year since we were first introduced to the Rize One 3D printer, which with its patented Augmented Polymer Deposition technology promised to deliver a long-held dream in 3D printing: virtually eliminating the pain point that is post-processing. The team at Rize Inc. hail from a variety of strong backgrounds in 3D printing, uniquely positioning them to follow through with their ambitious intent, and have kept us up to date on their progress since the first weeks after their emergence from stealth as the Rize One has made its strides toward the market.
Earlier this year, the team announced public availability — and today Rize reports the beginning of shipments for the Rize One.
“We have been working closely with our channel partners to prepare for the commercial release of Rize One and, with them, will provide industry-leading service and support,” Eugene Giller, Rize Founder and President, told 3DPrint.com of today’s announcement.
The unique APD technology used in the Rize One allows for what the company describes as injection molded-quality parts — but they don’t want you to just take their word for it, and have turned often to case studies and industry experts to highlight the potential impact of what the creation of strong parts with virtually no post-processing can offer from a realistic business perspective.
“Engineers don’t want to be sold; they need proof,” Julie Reece, Rize’s Vice President of Marketing and Channel Relations, told us recently of the company’s drive to substantiate their word.
Now, the Rize One is heading out into the commercial world, where more users can bring the industrial 3D printer onto their desktops and see for themselves whether APD is really all it’s cracked up to be. It does, after all, have quite a lot to live up to, as it’s been racking up accolades, such as being named one of Gartner’s three Cool Vendors in 3D Printing for 2017. The company has told us about their go-to-market strategy before, as they were “trying to be conservative” as then-President and CEO Frank Marangell explained last month at RAPID, while also predicting an influx of sales as availability widened.
“We are seeing increasing worldwide demand for our Rize One 3D printer, particularly among global manufacturers and healthcare facilities, and we are excited to have begun shipping. Our passionate and deeply experienced team has accomplished an enormous amount in a very short timeframe. We are working to quickly expand our go-to-market initiatives, while continuing to develop innovative new products,” Giller said of today’s shipping announcement.
While commercial production and shipment of the Rize One mark an important milestone for the 3D printing company, since the announcement of availability earlier this year, Rize has additionally expanded on its US channel, seen rising Rize One 3D printer sales, and added Santhana Krishnan to its Board of Directors, along with appointing founder Giller as company president within the last month.
We’ll be interested to hear how customers respond to having their own production Rize One 3D printers running, now that the machines are out in the world. If you’re interested in seeing the Rize One for yourself, it will be making appearances at several events throughout the rest of 2017, and we’ll look forward to seeing the team again at several of these. Discuss in the Rize One forum at 3DPB.com.[All photos: Sarah Goehrke]