Robox ® launches first dual-material 3D printing head

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At last we’re delighted to announce the launch of our dual-material printing head that will allow users to print in two different materials simultaneously for the first time. The new 3D printer head is available for pre-order today to both new and existing customers as an upgrade option.

Loyal customers who pre-ordered the new head months ago will be the first to receive this new technology.

The new 3D printer head retains the same form-factor as the existing Robox head and uses CEL’s proprietary needle-valve system, allowing it to start and stop printing better than any other printer head on the market.

This latest addition to CEL’s market-leading Robox 3D printer means users can print designs that were previously unprintable, as well as creating models using two different colours or even two dissimilar materials.

This also means the Robox can now print a softer scaffold material around a harder material, allowing users to print items with, for example, a small footing or complex designs that would have been previously impossible. Users can therefore print items such as plastic lids with rubber seals, coloured logos, light pipes, flexible watch straps with pins, or axles with bearing surfaces.

Many other printers have lengthy and material wasting processes in place to stop cross infection of materials, but the Robox system shuts off the material flow without the need for wiping, retracting or cooling the heads. The existing nozzle technology prevents ‘ooze’ or ‘stringing’, ensuring speed and quality of the print whether you’re printing in different colours, different materials or both.

The dual-material head uses two completely separate melt chambers and 0.4mm nozzles for optimum balance between speed and accuracy.

Both material reels can be hung on the side of the Robox device, with the addition of a simple adaptor, allowing the printer’s intelligent reel system to still recognise exactly what material it’s working with. This, in combination with the Robox’s closed-feedback loop and dual-pinch wheel extruder system makes sure that each filament is fed to its respective nozzle evenly.

Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL, commented: “3D printing has the potential to change the way we design and create products and the launch of our dual-material head means another step change in the complexity of items our users are able to print with Robox.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer this new 3D printer head to our customers and allow them to create new prints they never could have dreamed of 3D printing before! Users will still get all the reliability and quality they have come to expect from a Robox printer, but now with the ability to print in two materials at the same time.”

To hear Chris talk about the dual material head in more detail at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, watch the video below:

RBX01-DMKitExisting Robox customers can upgrade their printers for £199.00 +P&P.


We’ve also launched a new pair of service options for customers wanting to get their Robox printer checked over and upgraded to the latest specification. These options start at £79.00 +P&P for single material printers and £99.00 +P&P for those that purchase the new dual-material head.


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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!


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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


CEL takes over at Gadget Show Live

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2015 was the sixth year the CEL team visited the Gadget Show Live, and many loyal customers and visitors to the stand commented on how much we’ve grown since the early days. Our very first stand was manned by just two members of staff and we sold just one range of power tools. This year we had two stands at the show, with some 14+ staff members circulating and working their magic, demonstrating our expanded range of tools and the new Robox 3D printer.
original stand

In addition, we were lucky enough to have the support of our good friends Kitronik, who were actively promoting the Robox on a third stand in the same hall.
kitronik stand

Despite interesting competition from other 3D printing exhibitors at the show, our stands always seemed the busiest, and comments from visitors were extremely positive.

The Gadget Show Live is a family show, which is why the Robox had such great appeal – children and their parents were able to come and have a play with our Automaker software, have a go at using Tinkerplay and walk away with a 3D printed Minecraft figure, a souvenir carabineer or better still, a Robox logo t-shirt! The wonderful thing is that children ‘get’ the Robox – their excitement is infectious and they intuitively know what they would do with a 3D printer if they had one in their home or school.

And on the tools side, the response was as encouraging as ever, with customers returning to add to their existing Ion Pro tool set, or to invest in our new 14.4v range. Some customers just wanted to come back for a chat with Chris Elsworthy, with many remembering our MD’s stint on Dragon’s Den and finally purchasing the much-talked about POWER8workshop.

In addition to the presence we had in the hall, this year we were also asked to provide presenters to talk to audiences on the How it’s Made stage. Our experienced senior engineer Chris White entertained audiences on the Saturday, while sales manager Grant Mackenzie made his presenting debut during the week, to a fantastic response.

All in all the show was another success and we hope our customers left our stands excited about what we’re trying to achieve with both sides of the CEL business.

The Gadget Show Live 2015

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CEL will be exhibiting Robox and our Power Tool Range at The Gadget Show Live at Birmingham NEC, UK between 7th and 12th April 2015.

Come and visit us at stands R50 and R60 right in the middle of it all.


Robox teams up with Farnell

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Our very own Peter Todd was invited to showcase the Robox as part of the community pod on the Farnell Element 14 stand at this year’s Electronica show in Munich.

The show is one of the world’s top events for the electronics sector, so we at CEL felt this was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the Robox to people with a great understanding of the technology.

People from all over the world visit the show, which features some of the newest tech and electronic gadgets from some of the biggest names in industry.

We had the honour of being on the Element 14 stand, which meant hanging out with the likes of Raspberry Pi, Molex Interconnect, Atmel and EPSON.

atmelraspberry pi

During our two days at the show, we spoke to hundreds of interested people, from business owners to students, all of whom seemed to love the Robox and what we had to offer.

We also met excited competition entrants, who were waiting to see if they had won a Robox as part of the Dev Kit Trumps Tournament.

We’re now looking forward to planning our next show with the Robox, but if you want to buy one in the meantime we’re thrilled to announce stock is available to order NOW from the Farnell website

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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