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September 2015

ROBOX PARTNERS COLOURFABB

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Perhaps one of our most exciting announcements to date – CEL Robox has partnered with ColorFabb, the Dutch producer of high quality filaments, to bring its range of new filament colours to CEL customers as Robox SmartReels.

The partnership means Robox customers can print with a rainbow of colours in ColorFabb’s co-polyester filament ‘colorFabb_XT’, made from Eastman Chemical Company’s Amphora™ 3D Polymer. The colorFabb_XT filament is available from 30th September 2015 in the full range of colours, including Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, Purple, Pink, Black, White and Clear.

ColorFabb_XT is made from Amphora™ 3D Polymer, a product of the Eastman Chemical Company, and has a number of advantages over both PLA and ABS materials. For example it is less brittle than PLA, and because of its extremely low shrink rate it is dimensionally more accurate than other materials and has good bed adhesion, with strong inter-layer bonding.

ColorFabb extrude their blend of Amphora™ 3D Polymer in the Netherlands on their high quality manufacturing suite which is specially designed to maintain high dimensional accuracy.

CEL Robox is the first 3D printing manufacturer to have this world famous filament spooled onto directly their SmartReels.

Chris Elsworthy comments: “The CEL Robox project is to build an eco-system around an extremely user friendly piece of hardware and to do this we want to bring together industry leaders to benefit 3D printer users.

“In this case we have the first resin ever developed for 3D printing from Eastman, ColorFabb’s high quality blending and extrusion and Robox’s user friendly SmartReel system.

“ColorFabb_XT is another high quality material that we bring to our users to ensure their 3D printing experience is the best it can be.

“We are particularly interested in using this material in education applications as we feel it improves the reliability of printing and the strength of the end results.”

Ruud Rouleaux, CEO at ColorFabb said: “I first saw the Robox printer in action in 2014 and was immediately taken by the ease of use that Robox offers consumers.

“So when we began looking for a 3D printer to partner with we naturally reached out to Robox to see how we could work together to make 3D printing in a range of different materials more accessible to everyone.

“In Robox we have found a partner that we can work together with to achieve our goal of allowing people to create functional and aesthetically beautiful prints.”

Alex Dudal, market development representative, Eastman Chemical Company, remarked: “Collaborations such as the one between CEL and ColorFabb are why Eastman is involved in the 3D printing market. Working with these leaders in the hardware and filament markets allows us to bring the benefits of Eastman Amphora 3D polymer to a wider audience.”

Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer is a low-odour, styrene-free choice that is uniquely suited for 3D printing applications.

With Amphora, items can be created that are more functional, more durable, more efficient, and attractive.

ROBOX EXHIBITS AT THE TCT SHOW 2015

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We are happy to be exhibiting the Robox 3D printer at the TCT show for the second year running, on 30th September and 1st October 2015.

If you want to see the Robox in action, please visit Stand C25 in Hall 3A as we’d be delighted to meet you.

The Robox printer has evolved significantly since its introduction at last year’s show – media interest has reached an all-time high and the product is making its mark as something a bit different on the 3D printing scene.

The key difference between the Robox and other 3D printers currently available on the market is that it is the only multi-manufacturing platform in the world – the unique HeadLock™ system will enable users to change functions from 3D printing to paste extrusion, drag knife cutting, pick and place, plotter pen printing … the sky is the limit.

The very next head will be the dual material head – still within the realms of 3D printing, but again setting the Robox apart from its competitors as it will enable users to print in different colours, and with different materials but without the need to print ‘ooze shield shapes’ and ‘nozzle wipe towers’ which other printers currently need to prevent colour bleeds and oozing filament.

Guests at the TCT show may be offered a glimpse of the dual material head prototypes, which are currently a work in progress and due for launch later this year.

Following the dual material head will be the drag knife cutter, and our demonstrators on the stand would be happy to discuss the benefits of this new head at the show, as well as other plans for the Robox.

Guests who visit the stand will witness first-hand the capabilities of the Robox, including our bespoke AutoMaker™ software, the dual nozzle technology, the smart extruder, the bed levelling and so on.

Hope to see you there!

ROBOX LIVE ON TV

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We are delighted to announce that for the very first time since its launch back in Autumn 2014, the Robox 3D printer will appear live on the television.

Our very own Chris Elsworthy will be demonstrating the Robox and its capabilities on Ideal World, at 10pm on Tuesday 29th September.

This is an exciting opportunity for the general public to witness 3D printing at its best and understand what Robox offers above its competitors – and why it is so different from any other 3D printer currently on the market.

During the show Chris will show viewers how to use the Robox and how to use the AutoMaker software.

We hope the show will be the perfect platform for Chris to not only raise awareness of the Robox, but also to talk about the possibilities and limitations of 3D printing, and also what can go wrong with it, and why. This will mean discussing suitable materials, how to choose print perfect designs, where to source designs from, and what software is available to download for free.

If you would like to tune into the programme to see the Robox in action you can view Ideal World on any of the following channels: Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin Media 747, Freesat 812
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