Roboze is a small Italian company producing a very unique desktop 3D printer. You might say it’s very hot!
The company released the Roboze One+400 earlier this year, but now may go beyond its capabilities.
You may recall that the One+400 was notable because its motion system included no belts. Instead they use a precision rack and pinion system. They also use an interesting two-motor system to drive filament in a very precise manner.
The result of this configuration is that they can more easily 3D print high temperature materials, because there is no concern over plastic belts within the build chamber being affected by exposure to heat. This enabled the machine to 3D print at temperatures of +400C, hence the name of the unit.
At that temperature it becomes possible to 3D print high temperature materials such as PEI and PEEK, usually not printable on other 3D printers. These materials can be used in many more heat-sensitive applications.
But now we’ve learned that the company is developing a new extruder that should enable far higher temperatures. We’re told it may be possible to develop an extruder that works well over +500C. Temperatures that high will open up the possibility of 3D printing even more unusual high temperature materials.
This capability is very attractive to certain industries. One of the is a Formula One team that uses Roboze equipment to produce custom components for their vehicles.
As you might imagine, a machine with these unusual capabilities comes at a price. The One+400 lists €30-40,000 (USD$32-42,000).
Finally, we’re told the company is about to expand their sales network into the United States, where there are no doubt many potential customers who could make use of high temperature materials. They’re planning on setting up an East Coast office and require a regional sales manager, marketing assistant and a technical & application engineer.
There are some 3D printer companies struggling, but it seems that Roboze is not one of them.