In 2013, CEL introduced the Robox desktop 3D printer to the world through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, and the company has been maturing ever since. In 2016, CEL updated the Robox by introducing a dual-extruder version and a micro-manufacturing setup, and now the UK-based company is unveiling another new addition to the Robox line: the RoboxPRO.
The RoboxPRO is an entirely new model, rather than an upgrade, although it shares several features with the popular RoboxDual. Its design was based on feedback from users who were happy with the features the Dual offered but who wanted more – particularly a bigger build volume. Like the RoboxDual, the PRO is a dual extrusion machine featuring the company’s signature needle valve nozzle control technology, which allows for immediate, seamless switching between the two nozzles. The RoboxPRO, however, is designed more with professional users in mind, and it does feature a sizable build volume of 210 x 300 x 400 mm, allowing users to create larger parts in one piece.
Other features include:
- Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity
- FLX flexible magnetic build plate
- Key-locking door
- On-board touchscreen controller
- HEPA air filtration system
- Web access with real time monitoring and alerts
The RoboxPRO also comes with the Olsson Ruby nozzle, an extremely tough, ruby-tipped nozzle capable of 3D printing with all sorts of abrasive materials. According to CEL, it’s the first company to offer the nozzle as part of the “out of the box” experience. The Olsson Ruby can print with everything from carbon- and metal-filled filaments regular PLA, ABS, etc., and to give users some new material options CEL has partnered with Fiber Force to offer glass- and carbon-filled nylon filaments that can be 3D printed easily with the Ruby.
The RoboxPRO is manufactured entirely in-house at CEL’s UK facility.
“As a manufacturer of mass produced goods, we fully appreciate the need to produce high quality prototypes, jigs/fixtures and components quickly and efficiently,” said Chris Elsworthy, CEL UK Managing Director and inventor of the Robox. “We’ve designed RoboxPRO with business and advanced education use in mind and are confident this new addition to the Robox family will help users get the most out of additive manufacturing technology to reduce lead times, accelerate innovation and enhance the quality of their products.”
The RoboxDual and RoboxPRO 3D printers are up to 30% faster than other large-format dual extrusion 3D printers on the market thanks to the needle valve nozzle control technology, which makes a potentially time-consuming process more efficient. This technology has served to boost the Robox’s appeal since it became a dual extrusion machine, and its continuation combined with the PRO’s larger build volume and ability to 3D print abrasive materials should spark interest among established Robox fans and new customers alike.
In addition to the new 3D printer, CEL has also developed a custom dry cabinet so users can store their filament and feed it to the 3D printer without moisture getting into it – especially important when working with materials like nylon. The cabinet will be sold alongside the RoboxPRO.
The RoboxPRO is launching at £3,333. CEL is currently showcasing the 3D printer at Bett 2018, which is taking place in London from January 24 to 27. CEL will be at Stand B470.
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