RIZE has set up a new initiative called Smart Spaces which merges many different design tools. They are combining AR, VR and Full-color 3D printing to boost creative productivity. The company believes Smart Spaces can accelerate innovation, improve productivity and cut costs by up to 90%.
The system of Smart Spaces holds quite a few advantages. Bundling all this technology together keeps both the design and creation teams on the same page while ensuring that models suit the practical needs of production, i.e. design for printing. RIZE’s initiative looks to accelerate time to part and number of iterations while providing on-demand services. The on-demand printing of spare parts also increases the uptime of the plant and equipment according to RIZE.
The development also bring in some unique capabilities RIZE previously announced. The company’s ‘digitally augmented parts’ system is one such technology. Using this, the users can embed QR codes and other information right into prints.
According to Julie Reece, Vice President of Marketing at RIZE: “With Dassault Systèmes as an investor and strategic partner, RIZE has developed an end-to-end solution that connects the entire digital ecosystem within a company with a QR code on a printed part. Until today, 3D printed parts were external to these systems.”
Combining Blockchain, VR & 3D printing
RIZE’s Smart Spaces produce intelligent parts, while digitally incorporating AR/VR technologies, blockchain and intelligent systems. The numbers show the benefits as well. RIZE has noted a severe decrease in part costs, with reductions as much as 98% in some cases.
As Reece explains: “Now, as the industry is moving towards using 3D printing in production, Smart Spaces provides deep connections on the CAD side with SOLIDWORKS, and on the data management side we are connected to how companies manage their data. So the part is connected to the company’s entire digital ecosystem, including maintenance instructions, repair instructions, reordering systems and much more. Using AR/VR, we now have collaboration of the printed part in the context of a much larger assembly.”
At the Smart Spaces, designers can Leverage the XRIZE and its full-color voxel-level printing capabilities. This RIZE initiative will allow users to print digitally augmented parts with engineering-grade polymers on a single platform utilising the SOLIDWORKS Standard license. If the project continues to be a success, we may see more companies entering with their own smart spaces. As time goes on, we’re definitely seeing a convergence in disparate technologies.
Featured image courtesy of RIZE.