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Robo 3D Releases New Specs on the R2 and R2 Mini 3D Printers and Previews Robo Mobile App

by • July 31, 2016 • No Comments

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Robo 3D’s Robbie the Robot on the exhibit floor at CE Week NYC

At CE Week NYC, I got the opportunity to see the R2 Mini prototype in man. Recently, I covered Robo 3D at the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo NY. It was great to see the machine in the flesh.

The R2 Mini is a sleek machine. Cosmetically, it’s reminiscent of the Ultimaker 2 series, with a few notable differences. The body of the 3D printing device is curved. There are windows on the sides, which makes it effortless to view the progress of your prints. The single direct drive extruder makes it well suited for printing in exotic materials and is upgradable to a dual extruder. And while it has a significantly smaller in size create volume than Robo 3D’s R1 +PLUS, it’s a semi-enclosed printing device and should appeal to schools. Seeing how Robo 3D is strongly pursuing the educational market, this appears to be a great create choice.

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The specs on the R2 and R2 Mini have alterd a bit since my last post. The R2’s create volume is 8″ x 8″ x 8″ (512 cubic inches). Print speeds are 2 to 4 times which of the R1 +Plus (up to 300mm per 2nd), with the faculty to control 2 print heads simultaneously. It comes stock with a single extruder and swift alter printhead and can be upgraded for dual extrusion. Layer resolution is up to 50 microns. It in addition showcases a 5″ color touch screen with USB Flash Drive Memory, auto-calibration and self-leveling, and the faculty to print in true arcs and circles. It in addition has a clear door, which is really great in which it additional fully encloses the printing device without obstructing the view of the print.

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Robo 3D’s R2 3D printing device.

The R2 sports WiFi connectivity without via a PC and can be regulated directly of a smartphone or tablet PC through the Robo Mobile App, as well as through its full-size ethernet jack. The Robo R2 is integrated with Google Drive and Dropbox, has Autodesk integration for createers, and onboard option slicing for seamless and effortless user flow of option to finished print. The heated create platform is removable and the R2 assists a laser engraver, paste extruders for chocolate and other foods, ceramic extruders or bioprinting extruders. Filament detection ensure which your print won’t be ruined if you run out of filament during printing and the onboard camera allows for users to monitor the print through the app or web interface. Expected pricing is $999.99.

Robo3D's small in size and transportable R2 Mini 3D printing device

Robo 3D’s small in size and transportable R2 Mini 3D printing device

The R2 Mini has a create volume of 5″ x 5″ x 6″ (150 cubic inches). It in addition showcases WiFi/mobile connectivity on smartphones and tablets through the Robo Mobile App, up to 300mm per 2nd print speed, 50 micron resolution, auto-calibration/self-leveling and the faculty to print true arcs and circles, like its big brother. The R2 Mini can in addition assist paste, ceramic and bioprinting extruders. Its price-point is estimated at $599.99. Both the R2 and R2 Mini have all metal hotends and can print in a multitude of materials.

Robo 3D’s current printing device, the R1 +Plus, was in addition on display at the show. The R1 +Plus has a sizeable create volume at 10″ x 9″ x 8″ and can print down to 100 microns. It showcases auto-leveling, an all metal hotend and a heated bed. It is capable of printing over 20 materials and is open source. The R1 +Plus comes with its own option of Matter Control PC software. Prints can be started through a USB connection with a PC and and so the rest of the print can run off of SD card (LCD screen does not come installed with the consumer option of the R1 +Plus). The Robo Mobile App can let you run the R2 or R2 Mini remotely. It can display a video feed of the print, extruder and bed temp, time left to print, and percent of print accomplished. It can in addition allow you to pause the print and alter filament and can send you a notification through the app when the print is done.

Robo3D App

Both the R2 and R2 Mini can be regulated via WiFi on smart phones and tablets through the Robo Mobile App

Robo 3D is a company committed to assisting STEAM (science, innovation, engineering, arts and mathematics) education. Not just do they sell individual 3D printing devices, but they in addition sell bundles, educational packages and actually 3D printing kits. Their Printer + Filament bundle comes conclude with an R1 +PLUS 3D printing device, 18-month extended warranty, 2 spools of 1kg. PLA filament (blue and red), installed graphics LCD display, and full lifetime access to EDU.ROBO3D.COM K-8 educational curriculum for $999.99 ($1,699.99 value). They in addition contribute a additional comprehensive Educational Cart bundle, which comes with an R1 +Plus 3D printing device, 30-month extended warranty, 6 spools of 1kg. PLA (black, white, red, blue, green and specialty wood), a custom 3D printing device roller cart, and full lifetime access to EDU.ROBO3D.COM K-8 educational curriculum for $1,999.99 ($2,899.99 value). Robo 3D has several other bundles on the market to consumers, as well as 3D printed option kits and scented filaments.

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The R2 and R2 Mini have been a long time coming, but appear to be worth the wait. They are both expected to be released in October. I’m pretty appearing forward to testing them.