Roboze has presented the new PRO series, in addition to professional solutions that use its proprietary software, Prometheus, and new materials to increase companies’ digital transition opportunities. The machines offer quick and cost-effective access to the production of parts with well-defined technical and industrial requirements, as they can support the validation of finished AM parts with super polymers and technical materials (PEEK, TPU, ABS, etc), and, with the same solution, accelerate the research and development of new applications, and the digitization of the warehouse of tools and spare parts. Productivity, quality, versatility, and rapid ROI acceleration represent the common factors of the new series.
The PRO series consists of two solutions: One PRO and Plus PRO. Compared to the previous professional series – these two systems see an integration with Roboze Prometheus slicing software, developed for end-to-end workflow management, from the early design stages to the final production of the printed part. The software has strategic printing profiles that allow for printing up to 2x faster, compared to the industry average, with the UltraFAST profile, to obtain tools to support production lines with the Carbon PA material (PA loaded with carbon fiber), and to shorten the concept validation phase with the ULTRA-PLA technical material. Roboze has declared that it will extend its speed printing profile to other types of materials available on the PRO series, through a simple software update.
PRO systems enable supply chain advantages by providing a process consisting of print settings (material-software-machine) with few manual operations; precision and repeatability, as well as a scalable, technological ecosystem; fast material/print project change; and low maintenance.
Moreover, the Prometheus’ UltraQuality profile has been added for the production of components in PEEK, Carbon PEEK, and ToolingX CF (among the new materials that Roboze is introducing to the market with the PRO series), which enables the printing of extremely detailed parts with the company’s leading materials. Roboze’s goal is to offer companies the ability to scale functional prototyping and small-volume production – saving time and costs with the possibility of obtaining a more flexible process with the full range of Roboze materials.
On the materials front, the Roboze family of super polymers and composites expands, with the addition of Roboze PEKK and ToolingX CF materials.
Roboze PEKK (polyetherketonketone) is an optimized formulation that allows for the easy printing of super-performing parts with flame retardant properties, and high thermal, mechanical and chemical resistance. The material is UL 94 V-0 classified, and is a well-suited choice for industrial applications that require high performance and ease of process.
Roboze ToolingX CF is a thermoplastic composite material loaded with carbon fiber. It is lightweight, with exceptional thermal stability, and is inherently self-extinguishing. It has a high chemical resistance, as it resists organic acids, gasoline, oils (such as engine oil), brake fluids, and coolants. These features place it among the most adopted materials in the aerospace sector and for tooling.
Roboze PEKK is a tough material, and is chosen when there is the need to obtain more isotropic parts, compared to the loaded materials, and when the working environment involves mechanical stresses at high temperatures. ToolingX CF, on the other hand, is a rigid material (also given the addition of carbon fiber) and is the preferred material when chemical and mechanical resistance is required at a lower cost of raw material than super polymers.
Thanks to the PRO series, it is now possible to increase the application opportunities with a single industrial solution. Therefore, it is not just beneficial for functional prototyping, but also for the production of strategic parts for obtaining an optimized, cost-effective, and rapid workflow.
An example is the production of molds, for paper pulp products, with the Roboze Plus PRO and ToolingX CF material replacing the aluminum which, in addition to overcoming the geometric and customization limits of conventional solutions, allows for the lightening of the part, and a cost reduction of more than 60%
Furthermore, this solution could also substantially affect the acceleration of test campaigns in sectors such as aviation, among the most demanding in the world, as it requires incredibly high standards and precision from its materials and components. This is the case with the production of custom test bench components, in Roboze PEKK, created to ensure compatibility between the test subject and the test bench.
The PRO series includes all the elements brought to the market in recent years by Roboze. The ecosystem created allows for an improvement in the design and feasibility of production with much attention given to issues related to the production chain, including the reduction of machine operating costs, materials and labor, as well as design time – all in a single solution.
“With the Roboze PRO series, production becomes stronger, faster, and less expensive.,” said Alessio Lorusso, Founder, and CEO of Roboze. “We have engineered the Professional solution with the sole aim of providing a performance-oriented solution for manufacturing companies, expanding application opportunities with accessible materials and industrial-grade hardware-software solutions. We believe the quality of the systems, of the printing process, and of the finished components can help companies to limit risks, increase the safety of the supply chain and continue to keep their production alive and competitive.”