In our quest to make the Robox one of the most functional 3D printers on the market we’re pleased to announce we have extended our current range of filaments. We now have in stock three brand new materials – HIPS, PLA ThermoChrome and Woody. In addition we have added four new materials to the existing SmartReel range.
No other 3D printer currently on the market supports and uses such a wide variety of materials, and this is just the start of our offerings, as in the coming months we will have some fantastic and exciting announcements to share as the possibilities of what you can do with the Robox become endless.
The launch of these new materials is particularly important as one of the key USPs of the Robox is its SmartReel™ system, which enables automatic material recognition and allows users to print a multitude of different materials.
This high quality material is as strong and stiff as ABS, but is much easier to print with as it is less likely to shrink or warp. HIPS is a dissolvable filament that is frequently used as support material because it is so easily removable, however the material is also unique as you can sand, glue, prime or paint your prints. This extends the possibility of what you can produce on the Robox – beautiful, functional, bespoke prints decorated any way you want.
HIPS is also ideal for printing in conjunction with ABS as the mechanical properties of the two materials are very similar, and they need to be printed at similar temperatures. The primary difference between the two materials is HIPS uses Limonene as a solvent, which leaves a nicer, cleaner finish.
ThermoChrome, like normal PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid in full), is a thermoplastic which is extruded from the starch of plants, and as such, under the right conditions is biodegradable and therefore has a much lesser environmental impact than other thermoplastics. So for those of you who are rightly concerned about the planet, this filament is the one for you.
In reality, the ThermoChrome PLA filament prints just like normal PLA and it is hard to tell the difference on first look. However, the one feature of this filament which sets it apart from all others is the additive which enables a colour-changing feature. When the material is cold it is deep purple, but as it warms it changes colour to light pink – perfect when printing wearable items such as necklaces and wrist straps, bird houses (so that you can see when a bird is inside), bath thermometers and children’s toys .
Woody has been supplied to us by PolyMaker, also known as PolyWood™. This product contains no actual wood – but you wouldn’t know it. Instead a foamed structure is activated during the printing process which mimics wood aesthetics – it is the only 3D printable foam material currently on the market. You often cannot tell a part has been 3D printed due to the foaming agent which conceals the laminate layers.
Woody is light weight, so imitates natural wood perfectly – with a density of just 0.8 g/cm³ the material is 35-40% lighter than ordinary PLA and is therefore perfect for printing any number of ‘wooden’ structures from dolls houses and the contents, to garden ornaments, chess sets, pen pots etc.
The material is composed entirely of polymers – unlike other examples which are blends of chopped wood powder and polymer – so excellent print quality comes without the risk of nozzle jams, and the surface of the printed items feels textured, resembling real wood.
We’ve also added four new SmartReel colours – Sky Blue and Slime Green, both available in PLA and ABS.
Our priority for the Robox is to bring our customers the very best in 3D printing materials, so we will be continuing to expand our range in the coming months.
We are currently testing a further 15 different nylons in an attempt to bring you the best of the bunch, most have printed extremely well and look great, but we want to make sure they are also tough, strong and flexible – the mechanical properties are just as important as the aesthetics.
And in addition we are set to partner with two of the biggest names in the 3D printer filament industry, to widen our range even further, further announcements to come soon so watch this space…
For those of you who have been thinking about purchasing a Robox, now is definitely the time to do so! To celebrate the introduction of our new materials, for a limited period we are offering the Robox at its normal RRP of £999.90, but with 3 sample reels of the NEW filaments included for FREE. For further details or to purchase click here http://robox.cel-uk.com/rbx01.html