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Design engineer / mechanical systems designer

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Design engineer / mechanical systems designer. CEL is a product design company which also produces Robox which is a class leading 3D printer with global reach based in Portishead near Bristol.

We need a capable and innovative engineer who can plan, demonstrate, prototype functional products and machinery and high quality CAD ready for manufacturing. Ideally this engineer will be able to work both independently and take direction from other engineers and clients to produce a wide range of products.

It is important that you can:

  • Demonstrate your ideas clearly and quickly to both colleagues and prospective clients.
  • Communicate very well using a combination of drawn and written descriptions.
  • Apply research and prior knowledge to ensure the best results are achieved in the most efficient way.
  • Design complex and reliable mechanical systems.

While not essential, useful knowledge and experience would include:

  • Creo Parametric.
  • Adobe design packages.
  • Multi-axis machine use and development.
  • 3D Printing, GCode and machine control.
  • 2D and 3D graphics rendering and design presentations.
  • Commercial product design.
  • Mass manufacturing experience.
  • Patents and intellectual property.
  • Electronics design and working knowledge of common electrical systems and devices.
  • Creation of working prototypes.
  • Machining skills.

You must be able to:

  • Use one or more professional CAD packages to a high standard.
  • Produce clear and concise concept sketches and descriptions for forms and mechanisms.
  • Manage your own time and work efficiently to plan, communicate and complete tasks in realistic timeframes.
  • Create accurate and comprehensive engineering documents for items which can be produced using viable manufacturing methods.
  • Plan and perform tests which prove function or highlight weaknesses, react quickly to resolve problems.
  • Demonstrate these abilities.

CEL is a friendly and casual workplace with a great team of talented and inventive people. Our core business is product design so there are always exciting technology projects running. We are about to expand into a very new and exciting venture and we would love the right person to be part of it and grow with us.

Full time, negotiable, office based. Entry to mid level salary available.

Please apply using this contact form:

http://www.cel-robox.com/job-application-form/

Software Developer – Machine control

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3D printer software development for Robox® control software AutoMaker™. CEL produces Robox which is a class leading 3D printer with global reach based in Portishead near Bristol.

Software which controls hardware is very satisfying. Your code won’t disappear into a system which no one ever notices, it will have an immediate and visible impact. The purpose of this software is to transform 3D models into physical objects while monitoring and maintaining the 3D printer hardware. Robox is a tool which makes the creation of physical objects easier.

We have a very highly regarded interface and control system with a clean design and nice luxury features. We need a capable coder who can maintain and develop this software, increasing functionality, adding features and most importantly, ensuring reliability. We would like this person to take control of the software development, ensuring it is able to adapt to the market and continue to get such great responses from the industry and our users.

AutoMaker has been developed using:

  • JDK 1.8
  • JavaFX
  • Git
  • Jenkins
  • Jira
  • Netbeans IDE
  • AWS Hosting

While not essential, useful knowledge and experience would include:

  • 3D Printing
  • GCode and machine control
  • Cura and other slicing engines
  • 3D graphics
  • UI
  • UX
  • Working with graphic artists
  • Code signing
  • Bitrock installer

You must be able to:

  • Produce reliable, quality software to compete in the technology market
  • Manage your own time, setting, communicating and meeting deadlines.
  • Prioritise feature integration with software iterations and communicate realistic timeframes.
  • Test and resolve problems presented from a large user base via a dedicated and experienced support team.
  • Manage and deploy a reliable update system.
  • Work with existing software and development systems.
  • Test software on multiple OS and be able to resolve OS specific problems.
  • React quickly to resolve critical problems.
  • Demonstrate these abilities.

CEL is a friendly and casual workplace with a great team of talented and inventive people. Our core business is product design so there are always exciting technology projects running. We are about to expand into a very new and exciting venture and we would love the right person to be part of it and grow with us.

Full time, negotiable. Entry to mid level salary available.

Ask questions or apply using this form.

http://www.cel-robox.com/job-application-form/

 

3D printed woodturning chucks and jaws

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Robox user Henry @henry sent us some pictures and an article about 3D printer use in wood turning.

Henry writes:

“I am an avid wood turner. I bought my Robox to use with wood turning. I am seeing more and more wood turners turning to 3d printing in different ways.”

Henry wrote an excellent article about 3D printer use within woodturning which was published in American Woodturner issue December 2016 vol 31, no 6 which you can view here.

“This June the American Association of Woodturners is having their annual symposium in Kansas City Mo. This is the largest woodturning symposium in the world with turners from all over the world.

Prior to the symposium I printed up a bunch of chuck holders. They are small and take about an hour to print and are something every woodturner needs. I found one turner who is definitely buying a Robox next week. A couple of people who  have printers and wanted my file. A bunch of people who read my article on 3d printing but could not relate it to woodturning until I showed them the chuck holder. One demonstrator had 3d printed parts that they were using and another is going to bring them up in his demonstration on Sunday. I still have 4 more holders to give out. Here are some pictures of the chuck holders.”

It is really great to get feedback from Robox users and to see how 3D printing is working it’s way into all aspects of creation. 3D printing is not just for new technology applications, it is a new tool which can help with traditional techniques.

As with any tool, a 3D printer should make a task easier, not be a task in itself. These are great examples which show Robox as a part of a tool set, not just a 3D printer.

Creating a Surgical Guide – Learn Blue Sky Plan in 15 Minutes

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Blue Sky Bio have created a very nice overview of dental surgical guide creation for implants using their excellent Blue Sky Plan software. This software is free to use with a charge for export, this is an excellent business model giving users access to learn and experiment with the software without a huge upfront cost.

Check out the guide here http://www.blueskyplan.com/stepbystep

After following this guide the next step is physically creating the guide, this is even easier with Robox.

Automaker Animation

Robox is the most popular FFF/FDM 3D printer in dentistry. We think this is because it is the easiest to use. Dental professionals are very skilled with their hands and can visualise and create very accurate and detailed objects. They are also very busy with valuable time. Being able to work through cases quickly and simply send them to the printer without fiddling or dealing with nasty resins makes the whole process clean, fast and predictable.

Robox is the best 3D printer for dental surgical guides because it is very easy to set up and use, Robox is clean and compact with safe and very cost effective consumable materials. Best of all it has dedicated and knowledgable support staff who are ready and able to help along with the best warranty of any 3D printer.

There is a comparison of SLA vs FDM here.

CEL RoboxDual 3D Printer Review: Dual Extrusion Redefined

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A glowing and very detailed review of RoboxDual from All3DP.com – All about 3D printing.

Images from All3Dp.com

Alastair Jennings from All3Dp.com writes:

early comparisons against the UM3 show that the RoboxDual’s dual extrusion system is far quicker.

The quotes keep coming, we read the comprehensive review with glee!

If you’re looking for a quality desktop 3D printer for the home, office or classroom, then there’s little not to love about the formidable CEL RoboxDual.

Quality-wise, single extrusion prints are as good as you can get from a fused filament fabrication (FFF) printer, and ABS print quality is almost identical to that of the Ultimaker 3. Dual extrusion prints are equally impressive, mixing materials and colors well.

Filament from any manufacturer can be fed into Robox, either directly from the source reel or wound onto a SmartReel with a custom profile written to the EEPROM memory on the reel. This gets around the initial worry that you’ll be locked to high priced filaments and any limitations of range.

If you’re looking for a quality desktop 3D printer for the home, office or classroom, then there’s little not to love about the formidable CEL RoboxDual.

Unlike many competitors such as Lulzbot and Ultimaker, CEL have from the outset aimed to create a printer that could be used by anyone safely and without the need to tinker. The Lulzbots and Ultimakers are fantastic class-leading machines, but the RoboxDual offers something a little more refined.

For this reason the RoboxDual is a very different machine from others in its class, as it utilises custom electronics, extruders and hot-ends. These components aren’t designed to be tinkered with, which makes that RoboxDual one of the few printers out there that really should find wide appeal in workplaces and schools rather than just the maker community.

Ultimaker, Lulzbot and Makerbot might be better known brands, and there’s no doubting their abilities and quality when it comes to printing. But the RoboxDual and Robox have both been designed as a usable mainstream printer, much in the same way as any 2D printer of old.

From the outset, everything about the CEL RoboxDual shows that this is the work of engineers rather than hobbyists, with a set of design and development features that are not slapdash but carefully considered.

What did they think about the price?

Why block up one large printer when you can print on multiple? The downside is of course the cost; more printers means a greater outlay, but then the Ultimaker 3 is more than double the price.

The filament is also provided by some of the best known filament providers in the world, including ColorFabb and PolyMaker, and there’s a good selection available. If you want to use your own filament then you can, either by feeding it in and telling the software which filament profile to use, or by loading it onto an empty SmartReel and updating the circuit info through the AutoMaker software. The system is open and easy to experiment with.

In a busy design technology classroom, the noise from the RoboxDual at full print speed is unnoticeable, and even when printing in the office the noise is perfectly bearable.

Print extraction from the platform is the fight that folks least enjoy about 3D printing, whether that’s trying to extract a model from the perforated base of the Zortrax M200, lever a print from the glass base of the Ultimaker 2, or dunk a resin-coated masterpiece from a Form 2. With the RoboxDual (RBX02), however, is a print platform that we can learn to get along with.

Stop! You are embarrassing us…

It’s been designed by engineers as a tool, something to be used on a daily basis without issue. In those terms we would say that this is the first 3D printer that truly mimics the ideology of a standard paper printer. It sits there in the corner of the room and prints without any fiddling or calibration, it just gets on with it.

As innovations go, the RoboxDual is packed with features that constantly reveal themselves the more you delve into settings and options.

Dual extrusion 3D printers are becoming more prevalent, and the market in this sector is rapidly expanding. At this point in time, the RoboxDual offers a printer that is cost effective, reliable, and offers great quality beyond any other dual extrusion printer on the market at this price.

Factor in the pricing, innovation and future modular expandability, and it’s difficult not to recommend the RoboxDual.

Running Man!

Kickstarter launch of Root, Tree and Mote is now live!

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For the next 30 days we ask that everyone shares our project with as many people as possible. These new tools, particularly Root, make the use of Robox even easier and more flexible.

Root™ adds network access to Robox. The way this has been implemented can allow a huge range of web based tools to provide alerts, control and much more. Put Root in your garage and connect up to 9 Robox units to it or share multiple Robox so your colleagues can also use these resourses. You will still control Robox via AutoMaker in the same way, loading models, choosing settings and pressing Make! The slicing will happen locally on your powerful system, the sliced code is sent to the selected Robox via Root. AutoMaker will find and allow connection to any Root devices on a local network and any Robox which is directly connected to that computer.

Root can run on a lot of hardware, we have designed it to run on a Raspberry Pi 3. Our partners RS Components are supplying hardware packages for the pledges which include hardware to keep cost as low as possible and supply certain. The case for Root is by Robox designer Chris Elsworthy and will be printed on Robox using materials from our other partner in this campaign, Polymaker. We intend to print the cases using their Polysmooth material which can be smoothed using their Polysher IPA print smoothing system.

Tree is a racking system for Robox. There are 3 shelf and 5 shelf systems which are available in raw Birch ply or Laminated Black ply. These have a small footprint for desktop of floor setup and allow full access to Robox while keeping everything neat and tidy. Root can be mounted to Tree to provide control and network sharing of attached Robox units.

Mote is a simple touchscreen interface for Root. You can control Root via AutoMaker, your smartphone or tablet. We found that having a dedicated control device ready and waiting right next to the printers allowed us to work more efficiently. This was particularly useful in our office where several printers are shared for when the printers on each persons desk are busy.

Please share this project with anyone interesting 3D printing, considering a purchase or who perhaps decided not to buy Robox because it did not have wifi.

Learn how to Fabricate an In-Office 3D Printed Surgical Guide for $20 with a $1500 3D printer with free software.

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Presented by: Dr. Rick Ferguson

Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Time: 8:00AM-6:30PM
Tuition: $1095. Optional Second Day $500 – Fabricate a guide for your own case.
CE: 8 Hours

Location: Porsche West Broward
4641 SW 148th Ave
Davie, FL 3331

REGISTER NOW. CALL 1-954-319-5606

Rick Ferguson lectures throughout the world on a variety of implant surgery and restorative topics. He is the Director of Implant Educators which runs a seven month program teaching general dentists and specialists how to become implantologists. Dr. Ferguson is a Diplomate of the ICOI, an Associate Fellow of the AAID, clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida and a visiting lecturer at the University of Miami. Dr. Ferguson has taught implant dentistry and hands-on bone grafting courses which have been attended by thousands of dentists over the last 18 years. He is currently in private practice in Davie, Florida.

REGISTER NOW. CALL 1-954-319-5606

DENTAL SCHOOL OFFER: Free Surgical Guide Exports. Print Surgical Guides on Campus.

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Blue Sky Plan has become the favoured surgical planning tool for dental work. The software lets you work and plan your cases for free and has an excellent selection of tools to allow accurate matching of scan inputs and implant hardware plus the ability to create digital surgical guides. The software is constantly evolving to keep up with the advances in dental technology and improving methods.

If you are an educator in dentistry you probably already know all this. Take advantage of the offer below to allow your students to work all the way though the export phase of case planning. Grab a Robox and print your surgical guides accurately, incredibly cheaply and without any fuss in house.

blueskyplanfreeexporteducation

Tiny Timbot!

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I wanted to post up some feedback from a Robox user and share some of the amazing work he has been doing to make robots imitate life.

Jason from Mechanimal emailed us this very watchable robot.

Not only is he walking, he’s using his arms to help balance, like he should, and he’s using his tiny little eyes to detect obstacles. That’s no wind up toy, that there is an autonomous robot, tiny baby version.

Laser Beams!

Posted by Jason Bannister on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It has 8 independently controlled servo motors, an IR sensor for eyes, 2 microphones, a speaker, and all of the control circuits are in it’s wee little head. A total of 18 pieces in two colors, all from my Robox, and he stands but a few inches tall. Not bad for my first project using the Robox, super excited to make more complex parts with the new dual material head.

And a HUGE thanks once again, this is the machine I’ve been waiting 15+ years for.

 

Check out some of Jason’s other work, Tiny Timbot will lead you into a whole world of mechanical animals. You can even get involved by becoming a patron here.