Nov 8, 2017 | By Tess

Italian 3D printer manufacturer Roboze has just announced the release of a new “high impact” FDM/FFF 3D printer: the ARGO 500. The company says its new system is built for industrial manufacturing and is capable of printing with high-performance polymers.

Roboze’s announcement is timely, as the Italian company is planning to officially unveil its new ARGO 500 3D printer at the upcoming formnext trade show in Frankfurt, which is being held from November 14 to 17.

Until then, however, we’ve got some details about the new 3D printer that will tide 3D printing enthusiasts over.

According to Roboze, the ARGO 500 is the first in a series of production 3D printers which it plans to release in the near future. It adds that the 3D printer was developed for high impact applications in the aerospace, automotive, and industrial manufacturing sectors.

As we’ve seen, it is not only metal 3D printing that is being invested in by the aerospace and automotive industries, as polymer-based additive manufacturing is a viable solution for tools and jigs, as well as functional prototypes.

The new 3D printer, whose name is inspired by Jason and the Argonauts, is the result of several years research by the Roboze team, which says it has been working closely with “major players” in the aerospace and motorsport fields to meet their demands and needs.

Let’s see how the ARGO 500 might meet some of these needs… With a build volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm, the new 3D printer is equipped for relatively large-scale prints. More importantly, however, is the machine’s compatibility with high-performance techno-polymers such as PEEK, ULTEM AM9085F, Carbon PA, and Roboze’s new CARBON PEEK material.

CARBON PEEK, which is a PEEK material reinforced with carbon fibers, is suitable for manufacturing end-product parts with good strength and performance properties.

Simone Cuscito, Roboze CTO and materials scientist, commented on the new material, saying: “Roboze CARBON PEEK adds extra thermal stability and stiffness to our PEEK. The addition of specially selected carbon fibers improves the mechanical properties of the material and increases its HDT maintaining its properties even at a higher temperature than neat PEEK.”

Roboze will be presenting its new ARGO 500 3D printer as well as its new CARBON PEEK material at formnext 2017 at booth G-38 in hall 3.1.



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