SingleX™ – Robox development and experimentation head.

By November 13, 2017HeadLock, Materials, News

Material development is constantly expanding upon and often stretching the capabilities of 3D printers. Robox features an open material system which gives users the choice of using filament from any source.

We have always advised against using “filled materials” mainly due to the abrasive nature of these materials. We maintain this advice with all of the heads available to fit the HeadLock™ system.

This SingleX™ head is an exception, this head is designed for experimentation. To combat wear this head comes with the very well known Olsson Ruby Nozzle with 0.6mm aperture. The SingleX™ heater block has a M6x1mm thread.

We have removed the needle valve in the SingleX™ head, so if you want to send gcode from another slicing engine you are free to do so. Dribble and ooze are now your responsibility 😀 as is any harm caused by code produced outside of the typical AutoMaker environment. This head provides freedom to use the Robox platform in new ways.

Remaining in place are many of the features which Robox pioneered in 3D printing. Surface mapped bed levelling, SmartReel material recognition and simple 3 click operation. The extruder provides feedback during a print to ensure material is not jamming or has run out, pause and resume at will.

A word of warning…When using abrasive materials, abrasion is not limited to the nozzle. Our testing has shown little wear on filament drive gears and other parts within the filament path after over 3kg of Carbon and Glass filled Nylon, ABS, PETG and other  filled filaments but these parts are still considered to be consumable.

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The Olsson Ruby
Six reasons to get the Olsson Ruby

One nozzle

The Olsson Ruby will work with a huge range of materials.
PLA, ABS, CPE/PET, Nylon, and composites with abrasive additives such as Carbon fibre, Steel, Wood, Boron Carbide, Tungsten and Phosphorescent pigment, are some of the materials sucessfully tested so far.

Highly wear resistant

The ruby mounted at the tip makes sure that even the toughest materials will be printable. It was originally designed for printing with Boron Carbide (B4C), the third hardest known material in the world.

Excellent heat conductivity

Since most of the Olsson Ruby is made from brass, with its excellent heat conductivity, performance and throughput is first-class.

Verified performance

People all over the world have been testing different iterations of the ruby nozzle since early 2016. We are very happy to have received only good printing results from this community.

Speed

By using the 0.6, 0.8mm and High Output versions it is possible to reach a higher throughput and speed than ever before for abrasive materials, while retaining wear-resistance and reliability.

Manufacturing quality

The Olsson Ruby is manufactured, assembled and tested in a high-quality facility in Sweden. This is why 3DVerkstan guarantees the very best quality and tolerances.

Wear resistance compared

Brass, 0.3kg carbon fiber filled filament printed.
Stainless steel, 1kg carbon fiber filled filament printed.
Hardened steel, 4kg carbon fiber filled filament printed.

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6 Comments

  • Enginwiz says:

    Nice!

  • hagster says:

    Nice indeed

  • nebbian says:

    Does it accept two filament paths? Ie if I use a purge tower, can I print dual materials by retracting one and advancing the other one? I assume this system has only one heated nozzle.

    • Pete says:

      Interesting idea. This is not currently part of the head design but I’ll certainly mention it. If there is no space in the head it might be possible to add a Y split before the head gantry.

  • Charlotte McClung says:

    can you use this on the ordinary robox or is it for a specialist one

    • Chris White says:

      The SingleX will work on all models of Robox, but it will require the latest version of AutoMaker. The shipping of these heads is currently waiting on this new release, which includes support for RoboxPRO, new filaments, significant improvements to the Root/Mote interface and this new model of head. We’re just going through the last stages of beta testing, so look out for it in the next week or two!

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