Whenever we hear from CEL Robox, we know it’s going to be an interesting story; the UK-based 3D printer manufacturer has been a fascinating one to follow ever since their Kickstarter-smashing beginnings in 2013. When we last heard from them a couple of months ago, they were introducing the Tree, Root and Mote systems through another Kickstarter campaign, which also went on to very comfortably surpass its funding goal.
Now, CEL will be offering their customers new 3D printing materials by way of a partnership with Dutch materials manufacturer Formfutura, the company behind such specialty filaments as MetalFil, CarbonFil, EasyWood and EasyCork. CEL will be selling TitanX, an engineering-grade ABS-type material optimized for FFF 3D printing. TitanX boasts high thermal stability and impact resistance, strong first-layer and inter-layer adhesion, and, most significantly, almost no warping.
TitanX is the first Formfutura material to be added to CEL’s SmartReel ecosystem, but it won’t be the last, the company says.
“Having used a couple of their materials in the past, we contacted Formfutura to ask if they were interested in a partnership, and their first response was to send a huge box of samples to our HQ,” Chris White, Senior Design Engineer at CEL, told 3DPrint.com. “We’ve been printing with a wide range of their filaments, and TitanX is only one of the great choices they have on offer. Look out for more options coming soon!”
CEL is the first company – other than Formfutura – to offer Formfutura materials. TitanX is designed to be easy to print, and CEL’s SmartReel, which features a material data chip, makes setup a breeze as well.
“The CEL Robox project is focussed on building an eco-system around an extremely user friendly piece of hardware and to do this we want to bring together industry leaders to benefit 3D printer users,” said Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL. “We hope TitanX will be the first in a long line of new materials to be added to the Robox portfolio from Formfutura’s extensive range. With TitanX we have a material which will allow amateur and professional users alike to benefit from high quality and functional parts combined with the ease-of-use of the Robox SmartReel system.”
The Robox 3D printer was designed for high-precision 3D printing, as was TitanX, which features tight diameter tolerance and excellent roundness, according to CEL. Formfutura extrudes all of their filaments on high-precision equipment specifically designed for dimensional accuracy, so users should be able to 3D print prototypes and engineering-grade parts that are both large-scale and high-precision.
“Formfutura has been in the FFF 3D printer filament business for almost five years and has always had a continuous focus on quality, consistency and innovation. This market continues to mature and material-wise, TitanX is a perfect example of a filament being optimized for FFF,” said Arnold Medenblik, CEO and Co-Founder of Formfutura. “The CEL Robox printer doesn’t actually need any further introduction; its user friendliness and impressive print results are well known in the 3D printing community. For me it is an extremely exciting development that filament and hardware optimisation are now combined in the Robox-Formfutura partnership allowing every Robox user to 3D print engineering grade objects under perfectly predefined conditions.”
TitanX is now available from CEL in black, white and silver for £27.90 per spool. Below, you can see an OpenRC tractor 3D printed with TitanX:
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