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Andy Kalambi

CEO & President


2 Ratings

3D PRINTING Consumers want greater customisation and more agile manufacturing runs

Oct 16, 2020

An AM company redefining desktop 3D Printing, Rize’s industrial 3D printers are used extensively in manufacturing, life sciences, package design & prototyping, etc for printing spare parts, tools, jigs & fixtures. In this interview with Anvita Pillai, Andy Kalambi, CEO & President, Rize, elaborates on what sets them apart, how they have overcome the challenges during COVID, market changes & more. Excerpts….

Today Rize is amongst the most prominent 3D Printing solution companies. What sets your organisation apart from other 3D Printing companies in the market?

Rize’s commitment to safety and sustainability is unique and compelling. Ours is the only 3D Printing firm named in the World Economic Forum 2020’s Technology Pioneers list. It is also the first 3D Printing company in the world to receive the UL GREENGUARD certification for health & safety and the only one to obtain this certification for an industrial desktop printer which produces full colour functional parts. Also, our unique patented 3D Printing technology enables the production of full colour functional parts in homes/offices/factories/point-of-care settings using materials which are engineered for strength and durability.

Can you tell us how your recent launch, the RIZIUM Glass Fiber, changes industrial 3D Printing into a safe, durable and sustainable process?

RIZIUM Glass Fiber is certified by UL GREENGUARD for safety and full-colour parts. Based on our unique cyclic olefin-based matrix, RIZIUM does not release emissions at extrusion temperatures, is recyclable and has extremely low moisture absorption and high chemical resistance. Its high dimensional stability and stiffness enable the printing of large parts on the entire build plate or parts with complex geometries, without warping. For humid climates, like in India, moisture-resistance is a tremendous advantage, creating full-colour finished parts for outdoor use for any length of time, without concern for warping.

What sort of change in demand do you foresee for your company in the coming times? How do you plan on catering to them?

Personalisation and global supply chain disruptions are forcing dramatic changes in operations. Consumers want greater customisation, meaning smaller, more agile manufacturing runs. Cataclysmic events, such as the pandemic, will reoccur and demand that organisations shift operations flexibly between homes and offices, while enabling teams to work safely and efficiently to create fully functional parts. And we’re positioned optimally to ride these secular trends.

The COVID-19 period has been considerably tough for start-ups. What were the challenges that you faced during this period and how did you work on overcoming them?

When our offices closed due to the pandemic, we put our own technologies to test. Our engineers set up micro-factories in their basements, gyms, kitchens – wherever they could find space. Within three days, we were up and running, connecting through digital design and collaborative infrastructure with at least 50% greater productivity. We released two new products and several new materials during COVID times, with more in the pipeline.

What is in store in the future for Rize? How do you plan on establishing a strong presence throughout the globe?

There’s a global reset taking place today where factories don’t have walls and supply chains reformulate in the face of near-constant change. Safety and sustainability are critical to creating self-sufficient supply chains. We have lighthouse projects underway where global leaders in life sciences, manufacturing and academia are using our solutions to enable a compelling advantage. We are highly optimistic about the future.

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