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Roboze One+400 3D Prints with PEEK, PEI, and More – ENGINEERING.com

by • April 25, 2016 • No Comments

There are quite few extrusion 3D printing devices on the market that are capable of handling industrial materials, aside of those created by Stratasys, one of the two biggest 3D printing device developers in the industry along with 3D Systems. Businesses looking to create professional-grade parts, either for short runs or for prototyping, usually have to rely on Stratasys for plastic extrusion, leaving them at the mercy of that sole developer in terms of price, high end and materials. Fortunately, a few other developers of industrial-grade machines are slowly starting to emerge. In addition to 3ntr, makers of the A2 and A4 series of 3D printing devices, and Indmatec, with its PEEK Printer, an Italian company called Roboze has revealed the commercial availability of the One+400 3D printing device, created to 3D print with a variety of industrial materials, that include polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and polyetherimide (PEI).
The Roboze One+400 is capable of 3D printing with industrial-grade materials such as PEEK and PEI. (Image courtesy of Roboze/YouTube.)The Roboze One+400 is capable of 3D printing with industrial-grade materials such as PEEK and PEI. (Image courtesy of Roboze/YouTube.)
The Roboze One+400 gets its name of the fact that the 3D printing device’s two extruders can reach temperatures as high as 400°C, enabling it to 3D print with 12 various industrial-grade materials that are frequently employed in making. For instance, the One+400 is created to use Roboze’s own filament created of PEEK, known in demanding engineering applications for its sturdy mechanical and chemical resistance characteristics. Interestingly, PEEK is in addition biocompatible, a boon for medical implants. For the One+400, Roboze in addition manufactures filament created of PEI, valued for its heat, solvent, and flame-resistant qualities. Other materials that the One+400 can process include acrylic glass, polycarbonate, and carbon-reinforced nylon.
A gear created of PEEK, 3D printed on the Roboze One+400 3D printing device. (Image courtesy of Roboze.)A gear created of PEEK, 3D printed on the Roboze One+400 3D printing device. (Image courtesy of Roboze.)
The create volume of the machine is 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm (7.9 in x 7.9 in x 7.9 in), that may not be the many substantial; but the use of an aluminum create plate that can reach up to 150°C, and an enclosed print area demonstrate that the One+400 is intended for industrial-grade prototypes and short-run production. One other one-of-a-kind showcase of the Roboze machine is the use of a beltless process. Rather than relying on rubber belts, that can wear over time or may require to be regularly calibrated, the One+400 showcases tempered stainless steel racks and pinions that allow the machine to complete 50-micron precision. Considered alongside machines of 3ntr and Indmatec, the One+400 may represent a demand for new industrial-grade processs aside of Stratasys. Roboze has said that the price of the machine should be at a lower place $30,000 and, with the One+400 may already capable of 3D printing a few of the materials created by Stratasys, those looking to get out of under that developer’s monopoly may be in luck. That is, if Roboze can contribute a high end service arrangement along with their printing devices.


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