Aug 29, 2017 | By Benedict

San Diego 3D printer company Robo has partnered with Netherlands-based filament specialist colorFabb for a distribution and reseller agreement. colorFabb will also develop special filaments for Robo.

Makers in Europe will soon have a new 3D printer option to consider, as Californian additive company Robo has announced its expansion into the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg region. The expansion comes thanks to a partnership with Dutch filament specialist colorFabb, which will aid Robo’s European distribution and provide special filaments for the San Diego company.

Representatives for both companies have expressed their satisfaction with the deal, which will see a wider global footprint and new product line for each.

“We have long admired how Ruud and his team at colorFabb have built a premium brand in the desktop 3D printing segment, constantly innovating their filament product offering to meet the growing demands of users for more sophisticated materials,” said Ryan Legudi, Robo’s Managing Director.

“This is a huge validation for our company, and our printers, as colorFabb has completed the most extensive testing of our printers to date,” Legudi continued. “With an established global distribution footprint extending into 60+ countries, colorFabb will be able to leverage Robo’s products to its already vast customer base.”

The deal will also see Legudi’s 3D printer company selling colorFabb’s professional-grade filament to its existing customers, in line with its strategy to “expand deeper into the prosumer and professional segment.”

The Robo R2 3D printer

Robo currently sells its own range of 3D printing filaments, which include ABS, PLA, and specialty products, but says the development of its filament range has been a “major strategic priority” for some time.

Ruud Rouleaux, founder of colorFabb, echoed Legudi’s sentiments: “At ColorFabb we have had the luxury of testing many desktop printers in the last six years, developing valuable experience and know-how along the way,” he said.

“Early this year we started working with the Robo 3D team and have become extremely impressed by the level of professionalism and dedication that Robo 3D is investing in their new line of Desktop 3D Printers.”

The colorFabb team says it has already tested the Robo C2 and R2 3D printers with various colorFabb filaments, coming up with optimal printing settings along the way.

colorFabb's fluorescent green PLA filament

“After months of testing we are excited to announce a two-way partnership with Robo 3D enabling colorFabb to enter the desktop 3D printing landscape with a highly-established brand, in the same time enabling Robo 3D with a well-tested hardware/filament combination, of which we believe will enable a perfect user experience,” Rouleaux added.

Earlier this year, colorFabb moved into shiny new headquarters. Follow the link to see the filament company’s new Belfeld 3D printing facility in all its glory.

Late last year, Robo made its debut on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), raising A$6 million with its initial public offering.

 

 

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