Italy-based FFF 3D printer manufacturer Roboze introduced its first machine, the professional Roboze One, in 2015. The 3D printer was upgraded just a few months ago, not long after the company revamped its second printer, the affordable Roboze One+400, into a fully industrial 3D printer. The company, which was recently named one of the top 500 most innovative startups in the world by nonprofit Hello Tomorrow, is well known for releasing desktop machines that can print using high-performance, industrial-strength materials, like PEEK and PEI.
The company has recently been busy setting up new partnerships and working with companies like Inovsys, CTC GmbH, and Polymertal to develop strong 3D printing materials for various applications, mostly in the aerospace and medical fields, focusing on the business end of its strategy.
Today, Roboze announces the official launch of its new high-impact FFF 3D printing solution, named the ARGO 500, which will begin the company’s first series of 3D printers dedicated to production. The 3D printer’s name was inspired by Greek mythology – Jason was an ancient Greek mythological hero who led a group of 50 Argonaut heroes in a quest to capture the Golden Fleece. The ARGO 500 printer refers specifically to the ship the Argonauts traveled in, aptly named the Argo. According to Roboze, this association between the myth and its new printer “reflects the strong character of the Argonauts linked to the research effort in waters where no one had gone before.”
The new ARGO 500 has a print volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm – much larger than either the Roboze One or the Roboze One+400. It will allow users to meet the growing demand for high-performing plastic consumables and machines by producing high-end finished parts for the aerospace, automotive, and industrial sectors.
The 3D printer resulted from intense research, listening to market needs, and strategic relationships Roboze formed with some of the big names in the motorsport and aerospace fields. It has the ability to print with high-performance techno-polymers, like carbon-fiber reinforced polyamide Carbon Pa, PEEK, ULTEM AM9085F, and the company’s newest material, CARBON PEEK, which is PEEK material reinforced with carbon fiber.
“Roboze CARBONPEEK adds extra thermal stability and stiffness to our already know PEEK,” explained Simone Cuscito, Roboze CTO and Materials Scientist. “The addition of specially selected Carbon Fibers improve mechanical properties of the material and increase its HDT maintaining its properties even at a higher temperature than neat PEEK. Compare to the more standard Glass Fiber reinforcement, the CF gives higher weight saving, with ESD properties. Also, the fibers improve its tribologic behaviour making it ideal material to be used in application[s] [where] wear is present.”
The company’s new CARBON PEEK material will be faced with fairly extreme application challenges as Roboze increases its focus on producing high-performance, finished structural parts.
At next week’s formnext 2017 in Frankfurt, the Roboze team will be at G-38 in in Hall 3.1 showcasing its latest 3D printing materials, capabilities, and products, and will feature the new ARGO 500 3D printer during its global preview. 3DPrint.com is looking forward to seeing them again in Frankfurt to learn more about their recent introductions.
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