Roboze, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printing technology for extreme end-user applications unveiled the ARGO 1000, hailed as the world’s largest 3D printer with a heated chamber. The system was designed to produce large-scale parts with high-performance polymers and composites for industrial applications. Roboze made composites and high-performance plastics such as PEEK a core focus of its strategy since the very start of its still relatively short history.
In spite of early challenges and doubts (many reputed PEEK processing by 3D printing for large parts to be difficult if not impossible, especially without an enclosed heated chamber, which at the time was a Stratasys exclusive), the company was right to do so, as filament extrusion technologies remain the most proficient on the market today to successfully process these types of materials. After first scaling up its capabilities with the ARGO 500, Roboze has expanded to the North American market and is now a leader in this segment. This new and in many ways first-of-its-kind printer is now expected to mark a significant transformation in the additive manufacturing industry, by offer customizable, industrial parts and on-demand production at scale.
One cubic meter PEEK parts
The ARGO 1000 can produce parts up to one cubic meter, nearly 40 inches by 40 inches by 40 inches, radically transforming the way industries, including aerospace, energy, transportation, MedTech and automotive, can fabricate lighter, higher-quality components. Using more sustainable and high-performing advanced polymers and composites such as PEEK, Carbon PEEK and ULTEM AM9085F, Roboze is reducing the current strain on global supply chains and rapidly replacing metal parts and mission-critical components for extreme applications.
“After years of specializing in super polymers and high-temperature composites and paving the future of industrial 3D printing, we are excited to introduce our flagship Production Series solution, ARGO 1000,” said Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Roboze. “Since we announced the opening of our new headquarters in North America earlier this year, we have grown our global customer base and invested in R&D to fulfill customer demand for a much larger 3D heated chamber super polymer printer.”
As mentioned earlier, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in the additive manufacturing industry, having been one of the first companies in the world to introduce PEEK in 3D printing. Furthermore, the company’s industrial automation system and proprietary gear-based (beltless) technology allow the production of parts that are six times more precise than those made with belt-driven printers.
“We have gone far beyond prototypes and are now building custom components for miniature satellites, gears for military-grade vessels, and parts for companies developing the nation’s sustainable infrastructure,” added Lorusso. “Our technologies ensure precise process control is maintained through the automation of every setting and calibration phase, resulting in continuous accuracy, repeatability, and the certification of every single part produced.”
Available in 2022
The ARGO 1000 will be available for commercial distribution in 2022 (which probably means it will on display at the upcoming formnext). Below is a list (in list format for increased clarity) of the system’s key features (provided by Roboze).
- Heated and controlled working chamber with printing dimensions equal to one cubic meter (39.37 x 39.37 x 39.37 inches)
- Process control on par with CNC machining and injection molding resulting in process accuracy and repeatability equal to 99.96% of parts obtained on multiple machines
- Dramatic reduction in production time with comprehensive monitoring capabilities, remote diagnostic tools, and predictive maintenance
- Software parameters and constant remote updates for continuous performance improvements
- Certification of every single piece produced via a comprehensive Print Log System that monitors all parameters, temperatures, and factors involved to create a digital model of the part produced
- Printing capability using more than 10 materials including PEEK, Carbon PEEK, Carbon PA, and ULTEM ™ AM9085F
- Double extruder with the ability to process soluble and breakaway supports
Loading system up to 17.6 lbs./8kg of material with automatic material change in case material ends during the printing process
- Beltless System for achieving mechatronic handling accuracies up to 10 microns
- Automatic self-leveling floor
- Head self-calibration system
- Material management inside the machine: drying and pre-heating systems with automatic material loading and monitoring of usage levels
- Remote management of the machine and interfacing with production ERP systems to monitor the production flow