RIZE has released the second deliverable in their RIZIUM alliance, the RIZE 7XC.
This larger-format 3D printer is targeted at industrial use, as it includes a notable build volume at 370 x 390 x 450 mm, and can handle a variety of very interesting materials.
But if you look at the top image, you might suspect this device looks eerily similar to Sindoh’s 3DWOX 7X industrial 3D printer. And you’d be correct, as the 7XC is a product of the RIZIUM Alliance.
The alliance is a program in which RIZE partners with 3D printer manufacturers to allow use of not only their unique composite materials, but also some of their processes.
You might think it’s strange for one 3D printer manufacturer to offer use of their materials to other parties that look a lot like competitors, but there’s more to the story here.
Most 3D printer manufacturers are very good at designing and manufacturing 3D printers, but not necessarily so good at the development of advanced materials, which require very different skills and expertise. Quite often 3D printer manufacturers partner with chemical companies to gain exclusive use of a particular material, but the RIZIUM Alliance is a bit different.
Unlike most 3D printer manufacturers, RIZE has a substantial materials development program, and has produced some very unusual materials. In fact, RIZE CEO Andy Kalambi told us they are “materials-science led”.
In my mind, one of their most notable materials developments is zero-emission 3D print material. The company developed a line of materials that gives off zero VOCs, unlike common 3D printer filaments that can emit up to 200 different types of VOCs during printing. This eliminates the need for filters and some safety concerns.
RIZE has also been quite busy developing composite materials, one of which is glass-fiber composite material, RIZIUM GF.
I think you get the idea: they are a 3D printer company that might have more types of filament than they have 3D printers. Their materials activity is so significant that the RIZIUM Alliance makes sense: get those advanced materials products out to more clients via other manufacturers’ 3D printers. These 3D printers would most likely be of types not built by RIZE, sold through different channels to different clients. It’s a powerful way to access a wider market and provide benefit to customers.
The first product of the alliance was the RIZE 2XC, which is also based on a Sindoh 3D printer, the 3DWOX 2X. Sindoh was the first member of the RIZIUM Alliance. The 2XC machine is available for US$3,995.
The new RIZE 7XC is in another class entirely. It has a much larger build volume that’s able to produce industrial-sized parts, using RIZIUM material. RIZE explained the 7XC:
”With a massive build size of up to 370 x 390 x 450 mm, the RIZE 7XC was developed jointly with Sindoh Co, Ltd. to leverage Sindoh’s 7X large-format dual-nozzle 3D printing platform and supported materials, along with RIZE’s innovative RIZIUM composite materials including RIZIUM Glass Fiber and RIZIUM Carbon Fiber. By enabling the rapid creation of large parts and complex geometries on demand, far faster and at lower cost than molding, milling and casting, the RIZE 7XC provides teams with an affordable way to generate parts with high tensile strength and thermal dimensional stability, along with chemical and moisture resistance.”
The combination of the two technologies results in benefits for both: RIZE has more product types to sell, and Sindoh manufactures more devices. Thirdly, customers have greater choice.
The RIZE 7XC is available immediately at a cost of US$19,995.