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Press Release: Launch of an ambitious new UK joint venture challenging established manufacturing methods

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Press Release: Launch of an ambitious new UK joint venture challenging established manufacturing methods

5th June 2018

For Immediate Release

Two innovative UK manufacturing companies are excited to announce that they are setting up a Joint Venture called Q5D Technology to launch a disruptive new technology that could change the way products from white goods to cars and aircraft are manufactured. Most of the products that we use today are built by machine, but one part eludes automation: the wiring. This is still done by hand, in distant factories, where nimble fingered workers create wiring looms on peg boards. These are then shipped and fitted, again by hand, into the car or other product. It is expensive, inflexible and time consuming.

CEL-UK Limited is an engineering firm based in Portishead near Bristol. It is expert at the design of equipment for mass manufacture. They make and sell highly regarded 3D printers under the Robox® brand. Chris Elsworthy the Managing Director explains “By combining existing technologies we are making a new breed of machine that is able to create polymer parts with embedded wiring and electronics of any shape that can an assembled autonomously as part of the manufacturing process”.

M-Solv limited is an Oxfordshire based high-technology company which makes machine tools for the rapidly growing printed electronics market. “This new technology will be able to make lighter, cheaper, more complex components that will enable engineers to go from concept to product much more quickly” explains Phil Rumsby the Managing Director of M-Solv.

Stephen Bennington of Krino Partners Limited “These two companies each have unique technology as well as the depth of experience and access to the markets that will ensure that this new venture will be a success”.

ENDS

Notes to Editors
C-UK Limited
CEL-UK has considerable experience and expertise in the design of tools for mass manufacture. They started by designing and selling award winning power tools, but now they are best known for the Robox® series of 3D-printers. These machines pack innovative technology in a beautifully designed and easy to use product that would cost many times more from any other manufacturer. They have expertise in mechanical, electrical and software design as well as mass manufacture.
Contact: Chris Elsworthy (Managing Director)
www.cel-uk.com

M-Solv Limited
M-Solv is a world leader in printed electronics and laser micro-machining. They design, manufacture and sell highly innovative machine tools, but also do contract R&D and mass manufacture printed electronics components.
Contact: Phil Rumsby (Managing Director)
www.m-solv.com

Krino Partners Limited
Krino is a consultancy that provides assistance to UK technology start-ups. Stephen Bennington is a visiting professor of physics at University College London but has spent the last 8 years running and/or assisting technology businesses with planning, interim management and fundraising.
Contact: Stephen Bennington (Director)
www.krinopartners.com

 

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.

100% of Robox users recommend Robox in the 3D hubs 2016 printer guide

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Here at CEL, we’ve received some great news this week! The Robox has topped the Plug and play category at joint number 1 in 3D Hubs 2016 printer guide scoring a rating of 9.0 out of 10!

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Thank you to all of our customers who took part in the 3D hubs 2016 printer guide survey who gave us such great reviews, here’s a few of our favorite snippets

'This is the best of all the printers I have used. Great support with a real warranty.'

They have great support and community which helped me a lot when something goes wrong.

The latest major software update unleashed immense improvements in print quality and the upcoming Dual Material Head will be a game changer.

It's a great machine to have by my side. Offering great value for money and I can't stop making on it.

One of the most advanced and innovative printers on the market. Great value and really high quality and precise prints, thanks to the 0.3mm nozzle.

 

Whilst we lost out on build volume and reliability (despite our score of 8.5), we scored highly on print quality, ease of use and over all value for money!

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You can check out the Robox in the guide here and find us on 3D hubs here.

100% of the current Robox owners questioned said they would recommend the Robox to a friend. Well if you do this right now, and they buy a Robox, you’ll be able to snag yourself some free filament!

To claim your filament – Get the serial number and details of the place and date of purchase from your friends new Robox, send it along with your own serial number to us using the contact form. Please copy this information into the message section of the form and complete the missing fields:

Name:

Email:
Phone:
Postal address:
My Robox serial number:
Friends Robox serial number:
Friends place of purchase:
Friends date of purchase:

Please note that we may stop or alter this offer at any time without notice. This offer will only apply to Robox units purchased from Sept 8 2015 onward from official Robox sellers. Vouchers may only be used as described and will need to be used within 14 days of receipt. Other offers will not be valid in conjunction with this offer. We reserve the right to limit the number of vouchers in any way. No compensation is offered or implied for unused vouchers or any other event surrounding this offer.

So what are you waiting for? Get recommending and get 3Dhubbing!!

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.