Israeli Defense Manufacturer Cyclone Acquires New Roboze One+400 3D Printer

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elbit_systems_logoRoboze has done a lot with their newest 3D printer, the Roboze One+400, since releasing it back in April. A few weeks ago, they revamped the successful, low-cost printer, turning it into a fully industrial machine, and now they already have a prominent new customer under their belt after delivering the industrial One+400 to one of Israel’s largest homeland security companies.

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Cyclone Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a major supplier of homeland security solutions including airborne, land and naval systems, plus commercial aviation and defense products. A few of their areas of focus include military helicopters and aircraft, unmanned aircraft and surface vessels, aerostructures and more. Cyclone Ltd., located in Carmiel, Israel, is the design and production center for Elbit Systems, specifically for metal and composite structural aircraft components and parts. They’ve distinguished themselves as a supplier to many leading aerospace companies and OEMs, including Boeing and Bell Helicopter.

Cyclone is no newcomer to 3D printing. They’ve been using it for several years, and last year they led the formation of the Advanced Additive Titanium Development (AATiD) Consortium, an initiative supported by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist and composed of several of Israel’s leading aerospace companies as well as science and technology researchers from multiple universities and research centers. The consortium is focused on the development of advanced 3D printing technologies for complex aero-structures using Ti-6Al-4V alloy materials.

elbit-smartCyclone’s acquisition of a Roboze One+400 should prove to enhance the work of both the company and the consortium, thanks to its ability to print strong, durable parts comparable to metal components. With the new printer, which can print in a dozen different materials including PEEK, PEI and Carbon-PA, Cyclone will be able to start exploring the manufacture of metal component replacement applications, as well as parts for extreme environmental testing and for high-level end-use applications.

roboze1“Today is a very exciting day for us, as we provide our most powerful 3d printing technology to a leading homeland security company in Israel,” said Gil Lavi, Roboze’s VP of Sales & Business Development. “Elbit’s line of business covers a wide range of advanced technological solutions, which are traditionally innovative by their nature. Our Roboze One+400 Industrial 3d printer will help Elbit to reduce costs, shorten development steps and make manufacturing more agile. Global large high technological companies like Elbit are looking ahead, understanding 3d printing will change manufacturing as they know it today. There for, acquiring advanced capabilities, with a focus on high thermoplastic materials, is necessary to stay ahead of the market.”

With more and more manufacturing companies turning to 3D printing, it’s critical indeed for manufacturers to stay competitive through diverse material offerings, options for both prototypes and end-use parts, fast turnaround, and overall part quality. The Roboze One+400 should help Cyclone and Elbit to meet all of those criteria and more, and Roboze in turn should benefit from adding another successful, high-profile organization to their portfolio of satisfied customers. Discuss in the Cyclone forum at 3DPB.com.

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