Video feedback – Get free filament!

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We want to gather some user video content for an upcoming video. Please upload a feedback video on YouTube or similar and post a link in our forum. Obviously we will only use positive video, if we use a part of the video entered in this edit we might send you some free filament. We want good stuff and are prepared to be generous in return.

Responding to questions below is optional but will help a lot. Some repeat but a varied response will be useful. Video entered may be used in our marketing.

  1. Please introduce yourself and respond directly to camera, use short complete answers which refer to the subject in the question; What involvement do you have with Robox?
  2. What do you use Robox for?
  3. How are other people using Robox?
  4. How do you know so much about Robox?
  5. What is the general feeling about Robox from users? Is there something which they are particularly pleased with?
  6. Why would someone choose Robox?
  7. Can you explain the Robox headlock system?
  8. Which features make Robox stand out?
  9. How does Robox change the way you do things?
  10. What type of person or company would use Robox?
  11. Robox development started in 2012; Which part of Robox development or support do you think has made the most difference to Robox for the users you mentioned in the previous question?
  12. Robox was aimed at a wide audience, the intelligent consumer; What is it about Robox which made this successful?
  13. This year we are developing features which will benefit all our users but are specifically for professional users and education; What would make Robox a good choice for these users?
  14. The stylus cutter / pen plotter is in development, please mention this; What would you or the users you speak with like as a future head?
  15. The stylus cutter head can also hold a pen in several orientations; What sort of things can be created with this setup?
  16. What type of user would use this head and what for?
  17. Is there a particular type of user, business or profession which would benefit from this head fitted to a Robox?
  18. What else is in the near future for Robox development?
  19. What is your feeling of 3D printing in general after a year of Robox in the market alongside a big range of competing 3D printers?
  20. How would a user with no knowledge of 3D printing get on with a 3D printer?
  21. How would a user with a lot of 3D printer experience benefit from Robox?
  22. The most common comment about Robox from people who are yet to purchase Robox is the limited build volume. Considering comments from users and a host of 3D printers which have been released since Robox was announced, what is your view on our build volume limitations and the way Robox is used?
  23. How should a user decide which 3D printer is best for them?
  24. What level of experience is required to use Robox, particularly the software?
  25. Tell us about materials, what makes Robox stand out in this respect?
  26. Why is there a pcb on the reel?
  27. Components must effect quality and lifetime, what is Robox made from that makes it better than others?
  28. What is a typical 3D printer warranty? Compare this to Robox.
  29. Say this with some more excitement! “It’s a robot, in a box!”: Why was this printer given this name?
  30. Say this: Desktop factory. Micro-manufacturing platform… Do you have any other descriptive phrases related to Robox?
  31. What are the goals of Robox as a 3D printer? As a micro manufacturing platform?
  32. Related to Robox and 3D printing in general. Tell us about safety and reliability.
  33. As an engineer / designer / artist or user how does Robox change your methods?
  34. Is this just another 3D printer?
  35. Tell us about members of the Robox team.
  36. Robox feature list is extensive, why would a user choose to spend a little more on Robox? Why not get one of the cheap printers? Why not get a bigger printer?
  37. If my budget was larger why would I choose Robox?

Some tips for a successful video:

  • Gaps and pauses are fine, don’t rush. A short answer to the point is much more likely to be used. The whole edited video will be made up of short, relevant responses.
  • Good sound is important, turn off fans where possible and move the microphone close to your mouth, test the sound before starting.
  • More light will improve most video recordings, use the highest resolution possible, the resolution is not critical but we do want to see your face (or an entertaining stand in).
  • Be positive! Be happy! Smile at the start of a response and sit up straight.


  • Pete will decide everything. Pete will have the final say. Pete’s decision will be final unless he changes his mind. No guarantee of compensation, reward, payment or credit is offered, nor will it be provided for any video.
  • Entries must be posted here in our forum with a link but can be uploaded to any video streaming service.

Congratulations to Aurora – ESERO UK CanSat Team 2016

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Congratulations to the Aurora team for 2nd place with a very ambitious (and successful) design which went way beyond the requirements set for the challenge. The team, consisting of 4 students aged 17 (S6), used a huge range of skills to design and develop their competition entry with prototypes and the final design printed on their Robox 3D printer.


Some details about the team from their excellent website

Who are we?
We are a CanSat 2016 team from Glasgow, Scotland. The team consists of four pupils from Hutchesons’ Grammar School. Our supervising teacher is Dr Walker, and our sponsors are Pulsion Technology and CEL Robox.

What is CanSat?
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.

Why do it?
CanSats offer a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: selecting the mission objectives, designing the CanSat, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.


Rishabh Manjunatha
Team Leader
Electronics Engineer

Cheryl Docherty
Mechanical Engineer
Design Engineer

Jack Leslie
Software Engineer
Online Administrator

Wan-Ian Tran
Mechanical Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer

Guidance from
Dr Walker
Mr Walker
Mr McCormick

Primary Mission

Measure air pressure and temperature. Minimum 1 result per second transmitted to ground control/computer.

Secondary Mission

• Our can will split into two parts, and will land in two different areas on the ground.

• The can will split horizontally; the top part will land using a parafoil to glide to the ground, and the bottom part will land using a quadcopter-like motor/propeller system to navigate to the ground.

• The aim of the mission is to successfully demonstrate the splitting of the can, demonstrate two different landing systems and demonstrate the prospect of comparing two separate sites on one mission.

Optional – Targeted landing to both sites using high accuracy GPS and autonomous movement.
Optional – Rover on ground to pick up two capsules and return them to team base.
Optional – Implement camera to capture splitting of cans.

Challenges overcome:

Small space to fit 2 satellites. Designing a modular system to access parts easily and still retain a strong structure was challenging.
New pyboard with very little online guidance or information, we had to program and wire everything based on our own knowledge.
Brushless motors and ESC’s are fiddly to set up and get going.
Designing and constructing a stable Para-foil.
Programming in a new language and programming electronics and understanding how they function together.
Learning how to use inventor and rendering the simulations of the satellite.
Using a 3D printer, learning how different plastics behave and how best to print small scale intricate models.

CAD software used:

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016
AutoCAD 2016

Other software / programming tools used:

Python IDE
Arduino IDE
Command Line Tools

Robox made the following possible:

Printing of our satellite using ABS and PLA plastic. The Robox support team helped us to with recommendations and settings to ensure each part was accurately printed.

Other resources used:

Technology department supplied the majority of the equipment used, including soldering irons, hobby drills, glue guns, desktops.
Our other sponsor Pulsion supplied us with the £500 budget we had to stick to.
Physics department supplied digital callipers and high accuracy balances.

The Robox 3D printer we have was purchased by 3 of our Arkwright Scholars and is kept in the Technology department for students to use on request.
The Scalextrics club, which is aimed at younger years, design and build model rc cars. They have already printed one model.
The Formula 1 club also uses the 3D printer.

The printer will be used for further competitions. (possibly the Google science fair or other independent projects)

A link to the competition website:

A note from the team leader:

I would like to thank you once again for not only sponsoring us and helping us when we had problems using the 3D printer but also for your kind words throughout. You have motivated us and kept us going when certain aspects of our project didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. Your quick and informative responses have aided us greatly. – Rishabh

Christmas Print Competition Winner

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It has taken us a little while to announce the winner of our Christmas 2014 Print Competition, but that’s because we had some fantastic entries, and even CEO Chris Elsworthy found himself competing for the prize!

Now that we have broken the news to Chris that a Robox customer has ‘out-designed’ him, we can reveal that hobbyist Dave de Fijter is our final winner of 2014 with his brilliant LED Christmas tree ornament.


Full instructions on how to make the little trees appear here on thingiverse but essentially users simply need to print a base and the tree, all of which takes about 30 minutes to print with a 0.3 layer height and 40% infill for the tree.

We loved the trees and had them all over the CEL UK office in the week leading up to Christmas (as well as a few decorations courtesy of Chris).

A bundle of gifts will now be on their way to Dave, what a great way to start 2015!

Robox sponsors ‘Support Free’ competition

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In a new competition, is calling on 3D designers from across the globe to submit well thought out “support free” designs.

There are two categories to enter in to:

•Organic Shapes•

•Product Design•

Submissions close on November 25th so get designing now!



comp pic 2comp pic 3

If you would like any more information contact:

MyMiniFactory mailing address is:

Universal House
88-94 Wentworth Street
London, E1 7SA
United Kingdom


Robox Exhibits at Electronica 2014

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Electronica 2014
Munich Trade Fair Centre
Messe München
November 11-14 2014

Our German fan base might be interested to know they can see the working Robox 3D printer first hand at the Electronica show in Munich this week.

Operations Manager Peter Todd will be demonstrating the Robox at the Element 14 stand in Hall A5, booth 558 on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November.

Pop along to the stand to have a chat with Peter and see the Robox in action in the community pod.

And if you want to visit the Element 14 stand a day early, pop long TODAY at 4pm for a chance to enter the Dev Kit Trump Card Tournament and WIN a CEL Robox!

element 14

Trick or Treat?

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Well we’re happy to say that this Halloween, Juha Huvilinna is in for a bit of a treat as he is our chosen winner of this month’s Robox print competition, and will soon receive a Robox filament gift assortment as his prize.

Juha really tickled our funny bone by sending in two versions of a skull from Autodesk 123D’s Gallery (skull by Luis Flores) –

The skulls were then sculpted and modified with Meshmixer, before other parts were created using SketchUp and 123D.


Visit to find out how Juha put a humerus take on the skulls by adding LED lights as the spooky red eyeballs.


As always we’d like to say ‘Fangs so much’ to everyone who took the time to send in an entry; for those of you who are just receiving your new units please do look out for the next Robox Print Competition, details to follow soon!

Hope you all have a Fangtastic Halloween!


October 2014 Competition

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Post your best Halloween themed print to us to enter our October competition to win a selection of SmartReels. Entries must include a completed entry form for each submission. Creative ideas will get extra credit, think outside the box (but print inside Robox). Send us photos, or links to photos of the items being used or in position ready to scare as well as the printed item.

Entries must be with us before Halloween!

The image above is a print from one of our beta testers – Mark Strahm

Entry form for October 2014 print competition


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Opening the post has never been so exciting for us as it has been this past month. The very first Robox Print Competition, open to BETA backers only, has been a roaring success, so much so that we have decided to run a monthly competition as the Robox gradually gets rolled out to more and more people.

September’s competition was a real test for us, as it was the first time we could witness prints made by people who didn’t work for CEL, and didn’t know the Robox inside out.

We were relying on our BETA testers to get to grips with the first Robox units which rolled off the production line, to produce as high quality prints as possible. Tellingly, the first round of Kickstarter backers rose to the challenge, with some people entering several prints rather than just one.

And so… the winner is…. drum roll please…. DAVID MUSSAFFI!

David entered several models into the competition, but it was the Woman’s Torso Sculpture which really impressed us, and which has been selected as the overall winning entry.

torso behindwomans torse

To try and replicate David’s work visit this source

And to watch the Robox creating the Woman’s Torso have a look at the You Tube video:

David will receive a filament pack as his prize, and we can’t wait to see what he enters into October’s competition!

However, David’s entry wasn’t the only one to impress us, so we have decided to create a runner up position, and this will be awarded to ROB HARWOOD for his beautiful Scripted Vase.

scripted vase 2

To print the vase yourself visit

Rob will also receive a little goodie pack for his troubles, and we hope to see more entries from him in future competitions.

Thank you to all BETA testers who took the time to print and enter our very first completion – some of these entries will be on display at the TCT Show at Birmingham NEC between 30th September and 2nd October, so come and visit us on stand B40 to take a look.

And watch this space for news and details of our next competition, which will be launched on 1st October 2014.