Many 3D printers use open source or cheaply available electronics, these certainly have their place in the world but nothing beats a product made specially to perform a specific task. Robox has a bespoke mainboard which runs an Atmel® processor and custom made firmware to control motors, monitor filament usage and temperatures and run the unique SurePrint™ tasks which make Robox work reliably and safely at all times.
The internal power supply provides power to all the electronics and has been specified to provide the fastest heatup times of any plug’n’play 3D printer. This greatly improves the printing experience and because the user is present to watch the start of the print it also reduces failure rates and wasted filament.
All this intelligence built in is not enough to create a class leading micro-manufacturing platform. A rigid 3 axis frame provides a basis for a highly accurate, low maintenance, cartesian system – This frame format is common of high end CNC machines and many other 3 axis machinery. By using this design and the HeadLock tool attachment we intend for Robox to be much more than just a 3D printer.
Parts which are critical to the success and precision of an operation have been carefully selected and if required made specifically for Robox. The Metric fine threads of our Z axis drive motors are custom made and fitted directly to stepper motors on each side of Robox, these are driven up and down on precision ground stainless steel rods to provide the best Z resolution of any 3D printer on the market. Precision components – bearing surfaces are machined to an exceptional tolerance and matched to high quality linear bearings.
A stainless steel sheet is carefully shaped to provide a rigid base for the frame and fixed to our injection moulded housing to provide a product which is easy to manufacture to enable the best quality output from our manufacturing partner. Robox has been designed to be mass manufactured, this simplifies the process which in turn improves the quality of the final product but without increasing the price for the end user. More reliable, repeatable, better quality production, not just for us but for the users of Robox as well.