Italian 3D printing company Roboze has carved itself out an important place in the large-scale 3D printing market, largely thanks to its high-performance plastic printing capabilities. Since unveiling its large-format Argo 500 3D printer in 2017, the company has seen substantial growth and has continued on its journey of becoming a leader in the AM sector.
Looking ahead, Roboze has no plans to slow down, as the company has revealed its strategy for upcoming months. Over the next six months, for instance, Roboze has a number of shipments planned for customers in the aerospace, motorsport, oil and gas and automotive industries. The Argo 500 attracted the attention of various companies across these industries for its ability to produce one-off custom parts and small batch runs.
According to Roboze, it has already delivered and installed an Argo 500 unit to a leader in the aerospace rocket manufacturing sector, which will use the FFF technology to produce finished parts made from composite and high-temperature super polymers.
Starting in July, Roboze will also be taking new orders for its Argo 500 system to be shipped in 2020. The company expects to quintuple its production of the large-format machine to growing meet demand.
“Roboze is going through a phase of exponential growth,” said Alessio Lorusso, CEO and Founder of Roboze. “Our engineering team is working hard to offer the best FFF 3D printers for the realization of finished parts with composite materials and high temperature super polymers, guaranteeing precision and repeatability.
“The great demand we are receiving for Argo 500 demonstrates the growing interest of the market toward this kind of production solution. This year, we’re almost sold-out with Argo 500, purchased by some of the biggest global industry leaders in the aerospace, defense and oil and gas sectors. The final goal is offering the best industrial 3D printers through the constant product innovation. The advantages for the end customers are tangible in terms of precision, flexibility, personalization and process accessibility, compared to traditional methods.”
The hardware and materials to get the job done
The Argo 500, which has propelled Roboze ahead in the 3D printer market, has a large build volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm and is equipped with a novel vacuum system that results in excellent layer adhesion between the first printed layer and the build platform. The system is also notable for its heated print chamber (capable of reaching up to 180°C), which reduces the risk of deformation, and an HVP Extruder that heats up to 550°C and is specifically designed for processing high viscosity polymers such as Carbon PEEK, PEEK and Ultem™ AM9085F.
These 3D printing materials open up various industrial applications for Roboze’s 3D printing platform, as they are characterized by thermal and mechanical properties that are comparable to metal. Carbon PEEK is arguably the material that offers the most benefits for extreme applications thanks to the addition of carbon fibers in the PEEK matrix. In combination with the Argo 500, the material can be used to produce a range of functional, end-use components for the motorsport, oil and gas, aeronautic and aerospace industries, which all require high mechanical, thermal and chemical resistance.
Italy-based Roboze has also revealed some details about its plans for the upcoming Formnext event in Frankfurt. There, the company says it will present new FFF 3D printer models, new super materials and a “revolutionary software” for controlling and monitoring the print process.