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Caracol Factory Using Roboze Technology and Materials to Deliver Finished 3D Printed Parts

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Italian 3D printer manufacturer Roboze, which expanded into the United Arab Emirates and opened a new headquarters in Bari in the last few months, is well known for its 3D printers’ abilities to print with high-performance materials.

In this same vein, the company is pleased to announced that Caracol Factory, a department of Italian production service Caracol Studio that offers manufacturing and prototyping, has chosen Roboze and its 3D printing solutions to help it respond to the ever-growing demand for 3D printed, finished parts made out of high-performance materials for more extreme applications.

In a press release, Paolo Cassis, a designer at and the co-founder of Caracol Studio, said the company selected Roboze due to its “indepth knowledge of the treatment of highly performing polymers and technopolymers.”

“Among all 3D printing technologies, Roboze was the only one to rely on for the realization of such unique components,” Cassis said.

The two companies have already completed one part for a project that needed a material with high mechanical performance – a custom flange.

The decision was made to use Carbon PA –  carbon fiber reinforced polyamide – for the specific soft material-handling application. By using this material, Caracol Factory was able to save on costs, and provide its customer with a fully functioning, more lightweight 3D printed piece, created specifically for its necessary non-standard processing, with an attractive and contemporary design.

Caracol Studio digitally designed the flange for the application, which included a pneumatic gripping system and a 6-axis robotic system. In order to fulfill its customer’s needs, the component was manufactured on the Roboze One 3D printer, which offers freedom of mechanical properties and design and helps lower both cost and production time.

Jacopo Gervasini, Co-founder and the CEO of Caracol, said, “We have partnered with Roboze for the supply of 3D printers because it is the only one that allows you to work the most sophisticated engineering plastics. This, together with the extraordinary mechanical solidity that characterizes the printer, offer our customers the only valid solution capable of guaranteeing repeatability and complete reliability in the manufacturing of large batches of functional components for the industry.”

According to the release, 3D printing was the only existing manufacturing method was able to complete this component and make it as lightweight as possible. More specifically, the Roboze One was an ideal choice for this particular application, as it was able to use the required material and realize the design of the flange “based on the forces involved.”

The functioning 3D printed flange is now lighter, and able to increase the customer’s overall productivity, as well as the 6-axis robot’s processing speed. This is only the latest example of how 3D printing can be used to design and manufacture custom components for many applications, extreme or not, and replace more conventional, expensive manufacturing methods and obsolete, unsustainable materials.

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[Images provided by Roboze]

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