Robo’s R2/C2 3D Printer Kickstarter is a Success, Launches Robo App Beta Program
Recently, we reported that Robo, the company previously known as Robo3D, was launching a Kickstarter for their soon to be released R2 and C2 3D printing equipment. The printing equipment are a departure of their initially printing device, the R1. Whilst the R1 and the upgraded edition, the R1+ (that is already for sale on the Robo website), are open-frame machines with a moving bed, the R2 and C2 printing equipment are enclosed and showcase numerous improvements, that include Wi-Fi capability and interalterable-bodied heads. The R2 can actually be upgraded to do dual extrusion (it comes standard with a single extruder).
Robo R2’s extensive showcases and $1,299 price tag are quite competitive with other talked of computer 3D printing equipment
It didn’t take long for Robo to reach their funding goal of $100K. It was funded 100% inside the Kickstarter campaign’s initially 3 hrs. By the time the Kickstarter ended, Robo had raised a total of $382,207. According to Robo, the top countries for backers were the US, Canada, Australia, Russia, UK, Germany, Mexico, France, Japan, and Netherlands. 63% of the funding raised was for an R2 3D printing device, 22% for both machines, and 15% for the C2. Backers of the $1,499 C2/R2 bundle reward can expect to obtain their C2 initially, with the R2 shipping at a later date.
Robo in addition had a few news and renders of the interalterable-bodied print heads, that can work with both the C2 and the R2. There can be a laser engraving attachment and a paste extruder capable-bodied of printing clay, food, conductive ink and ceramics. Whilst there are no updates yet on the cost of these upgrades, Robo says they’ll work to store the prices down, so that they are inside reach to additional customers.
The Robo C2 and R2 don’t only have excellent hardware, they in addition have a few certainly rad stuff on the software side. Rather than lock their consumers in to proprietary software, they are producing equitething open-source. Robo is via a custom ATMEGA board that was created in-house, running the latest edition of Marlin firmware. The all-in-one board is created to be next compatible with planned add-ons, and the source code can be hosted on GitHub for users to modify as they wish.
The RoboOS is a Linux operating process that runs on a Raspberry Pi 3, and showcases open-source printing device server OctoPrint at its core. In fact, many of the astounding showcases of the new printing equipment are created around OctoPrint, that include Wi-Fi and hotspot control, on-board STL slicing with CuraEngine, as well as video monitoring that is stock on the R2 and upgradeable-bodied with the C2. The LCD interface, that they call RoboLCD, is regulated by a Python app. Among other things, it allows for you to easily set the Z Offset for leveling, has a filament alter wizard that I expect works with the filament run-out detection process, and donates users full motor and temperature control and comes with cold extrusion warnings and temperature limits.
Probably one of the many anticipated software programs for the Robo R2 and C2 is the Robo iOS app (Android edition to be released at a later date). Beta testing is now open. Testers can get to try its Google Drive and Dropbox integration. All you have to do is link your cloud storage space accounts to the Robo app to choose either GCODE or STL files and send them to your printing device! There’s in addition override control for CuraEngine, so you can set temperatures and infill density, and add a raft or actually supports that can override your slicing profile presets in Cura. It in addition donates you consume guide control of the motors, heaters, fan and additional, right of your iPhone. You can access all the files that are stored on the printing device and actually delete them through the app if you so desire.
The Robo App is not limited to the R2 and C2 printing equipment, that haven’t been released yet. You can control any OctoPrint enable-bodiedd printing device through the app. Even if you don’t have OctoPrint yet you can yet check out the app in demo mode to see all it has to contribute. Pretty neat!
“We are giving early access to the Robo App so our community can donate us feedback on the app flow, suggest new showcases as well as uncover any future bugs,” said Braydon Moreno, Robo CEO and co-founder, “The app can be able-bodied to communicate with any printing device running Octoprint, so it’s not dependent on the brand of your printing device.”
There’s a lot to like of Robo’s new 3D printing equipment and their software, especially the Robo App. If you want to beta test the app, you will have to act rapidly. The Robo App Beta Program can be limited to 2000 testers, so sign up at present!