HKEF 2013: CEL Robox 3D Printer

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It looks like a microwave oven … but this 3D printer is by far the BEST we’ve seen at the HKEF 2013 this year. It took their UK design and engineering team almost 2 years in research and product developement to come up with the Robox … the first model of their Robox will be launched in December 2013. 

Designed and devloped in the UK, the CEL Robox 3D printer uses a technology known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). It works in a similar way to a hot-melt glue gun, but uses plastic filament instead of glue sticks. A digitally controlled head is used to laydown the material layer on layer to make the 3D objects. (Specs & Photo Gallery below)

The CEL Robox comes with their propriertary software called AutoMaker which translate your 3D designs into a language that Robox can understand.

 

 

 

Features:

Door Safety

  • Protection cover for safety considerations and inner environmental temperature control
  • Not allowing access to build chamber before it is safe to do so
  • Ensure moving parts cannot be touched during operation
  • Allowing users to see and monitor the whole printing process

Reel Feed Stock

  • Optional method detecting a code on each reel of material which is assembled
  • Automated setup of printing profiles and usage data
  • Reduce the amount to imput from the user to a minimum

FFF Fead

  • Patent Nozzle Head
  • High printing resolution and fastest speed at the same time
  • Easy interchangeable of printing heads and other functional heads

Bed

  • Innovative and cost effective linear guide layout
  • Fast heat up to minimize waiting time to print
  • Precise temperature control over whole surface

 

 

Specifications:

 Build Envelope:    210x150x100mm
 Build Resolution:    0.10mm
 Layer Thickness:    lesss than 1.0mm
 Nozzle Diameter:    0.30mm
 Build Material:    ABS, PLA (PC, Nylon, wood)
 Material Color:    White, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple
 Material Size:    0.75Kg / Reel
 Filament Diameter:    1.75mm
 Operation Language:    English, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish
 OS:    Windows, Mac
 Weight:    7.75Kg (fully assembled, plug and print)
 Safety Approved:    CE, GGS, LVD, EMC, cETL, FCC

 

Source: Cel-Robox

 

 

Other related 3D printers

There were other 3D printers on display at the HKEF 2013 … this one was made by some Chinese company (I forget the name) and looks a bit “raw”. However, I was pretty impressed with the prototypes (or objects) it produced.

 

 

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