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element14 launches affordable 3D printer from kickstarter project Robox

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element14 Pty Ltd announces the launch of the first truly plug and print 3D printer from Robox.

Ideal for rapid prototyping in the electronics design and test environment, Robox 3D printers feature a proprietary dual-head print nozzle design improving print speeds by up to 300% compared to other printers. While one nozzle is designed to print in detail, the other is able to ‘fill in’ larger areas at much higher speeds.

Capabilities also include a unique needle-valve system that stops ‘ooze’ and ‘stringing’ from the nozzles, ensuring speed and quality; as well as the ability to print super-fine 0.02mm layers.

Key features of Robox 3D printers include multicolour printing; smart print bed mechanism; intelligent reel system; user-friendly software; and future-proof design.

Users of Robox 3D printers can temporarily stop the print process part-way and swap out the filament to allow for multicolour 3D printing.

A proprietary bed probing mechanism automatically detects and corrects the gantry to ensure it is always parallel, with the first printed layer adhering evenly. Made from a unique material, the bed adheres to the hot plastic while a print is taking place, but allows the user to ‘pop’ the printed object off when the plastic cools and shrinks slightly post-print.

The printer can recognise the material it’s working on thanks to the microchips on the filament rolls. A pioneering closed-feedback loop and dual-pinch-wheel extrusion system makes sure the filament is fed to the print-head evenly.

Robox 3D printers come with easy-to-use software for plug and print capabilities. The software also allows users to create 3D printing projects incorporating multiple print jobs represented on a range of ‘tabs’.

The design of the Robox 3D printer has been future-proofed with space provided for a second extruder that will eventually allow dual-colour printing and/or the ability to print with different materials simultaneously. Its unique HeadLock system means that different heads can be quickly assembled to perform a range of different functions.

Chris Godfrey, Global Product Director Test & Tools at element14, comments that 3D printing is an exciting new technology that has many implications for the electronics sector. He adds that 3D printing allows short production runs to be more efficient than ever before facilitating rapid prototyping in design and reducing the design engineer’s time to market.

The Robox 3D printer is available from element14 in Europe. 

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