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Airbus Subsidiary CTC Evaluates Roboze 3D Printer for PEEK and PEI Part Production


Roboze, a leading manufacturer of advanced 3D printers for high-performance plastics, is providing their newest machines for the next generation of Fused Layer Manufacturing to CTC GmbH – an Airbus Company. CTC (Composite Technology Center) focuses on testing and evaluation of next generation industrial print technology and material and is examining future applications in the aviation industry.

Airbus subsidiary CTC GmbH and Roboze will work together on assessing today’s Roboze possibilities to meet the aircraft process and material requirements. Furthermore CTC will feedback needs and boundaries for the 3D printing of advanced techno-polymers, including PEEK, PEI, to enable Roboze’s development of future products meeting the Airbus Group’s needs.

CTC GmbH, is a leading center in Germany for research and development in the design and manufacturing of complex components based on CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymers).. The company’s leadership is recognized worldwide among experts in their field, especially for the ramping-up of production and for its support to serial production. In the field of innovation projects the CTC GmbH is working on the next generation of 3D-printing technologies to be applied to and for the manufacturing of composite parts. The screening of the Roboze technology is one step towards 3D printing of high performance thermoplastics.

“In CTC we have always worked on consolidating the current production of aircraft components in composites and, above all, on anticipating future ones. 3D printing of engineering-grade plastics is one of them, said Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Born, project manager leading the Additive Layer Manufacturing topics at CTC.  Along with M.Sc. Sascha Backhaus, project manager in the Industrial Systems Department of CTC and expert for mechatronics and digitalization, Born is highlighting the importance of these projects driven by system and technology suppliers.

We were looking for an ideal solution to support our needs in terms of precision, technology and materials that offer high performance and high temperatures. By acquiring the new Roboze One + 400, CTC will assess its capabilities in order to accelerate the design and production of small series using advanced materials such as PEEK and PEI, thus enabling functional testing of real parts that might go into production in the coming years.

With the introduction of the Roboze One + 400, the first 3D printer with a unique Beltless, capable of printing in 13 technical materials including PEEK, PEI and CarbonPA for high-performance applications in extreme environments, Roboze is revolutionizing the industry and the concept of additive manufacturing, enabling its customers to test in real conditions parts and assemblies before mass production, or to print short runs using high performance materials.

“We are excited to collaborate closely with the Airbus group and in particular with CTC and with high level engineers such as Mr. Born and Mr. Backhaus. We spoke extensively about the current needs of the group, which should be the goal for Robozes products now and in the future. We also had the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions on the future applications that we can develop together,”said Alessio Lorusso CEO Roboze

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