ROBOZE announced a new machine targeting industry, the ARGO 350.
The Italian company specializes in developing high temperature 3D printers that are capable of 3D printing strong production parts in “superpolymers” such as PEEK and ULTEM.
The company had previously released the ARGO 500, a high temperature 3D printer with a large build volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm. Now the new machine has a smaller build volume of 350 x 300 x 300 mm.
Why a smaller build volume? Aren’t bigger things better?
Not always, it turns out. My suspicion is that ROBOZE has encountered demand for a lower priced unit with similar functionality, and one way to achieve that is to shrink the device. This lowers the price and still allows clients to 3D print most objects required.
ROBOZE ARGO 350 Features
The ARGO 350 includes ROBOZE’s standard innovations, such as a beltless mechanical system able to withstand huge temperatures, and a high temperature extrusion system they call “HVP”, which can extrude materials at 450C. Some other high temperature 3D printers still use plastic belts within the heated chamber, and they can over time deteriorate and deform, causing multiple print issues.
ROBOZE believes the mechanical systems they’ve included in the ARGO 350 are suitable to near-guarantee identical results when 3D printing repeated objects, a requirement for production systems.
ROBOZE believes the ARGO 350 will be of significant interest to the oil & gas, automotive and aerospace sectors, which often require parts made from high performance materials, such as PEEK. The company’s current list of materials includes:
Carbon PEEK (Chopped carbon fibers mixed with PEEK)
SABIC’s EXTEM AMHH811F filament
Carbon PA (Polyamide mixed with 20% chopped carbon fibers)
ARGO 350 Build Chamber
While the extrusion system on the ARGO 350 can reach 450C, the build chamber itself can be heated to as high as 180C. This dramatically reduces the thermal gradient when 3D printing materials at high temperatures, and thus reduces the possibility of warped prints. ROBOZE says the ARGO 350’s build chamber can be heated to 180C in “just over an hour”.
While some 3D printer manufacturers are new to the high temperature game, ROBOZE has been producing devices in that market for several years and thus has considerable experience in designing their equipment to meet the high requirements of extreme temperatures.
If you’re seeking a high temperature industrial 3D printer, you might consider the ROBOZE line.