Nov 14, 2017 | By Tess

Last week, Italian 3D printer manufacturer Roboze announced it would be unveiling a new 3D printer, the ARGO 500, at formnext 2017, a Frankfurt-based 3D printing expo which kicks off today, November 14.

While the announcement had us excited—as we usually are for new 3D printers—we were lacking some details about the new machine. Whether or not these were withheld for intrigue, we are happy to announce that we have some more information regarding Roboze’s new high-performance 3D printer.

Let’s take a look at what Roboze is offering with its new FDM/FFF system.

The ARGO 500 3D printer was developed with production manufacturing in mind and seems to have the equipment and features to back it up. According to Roboze, the new 3D printer has a build volume of up to 0.5 cubic meters and is built for processing such high-performance (and high viscosity) polymers as PEEK, Ultem™ AM9085F, Carbon PA, and Carbon PEEK—Roboze’s new PEEK material embedded with carbon fibers.

Additionally, the 3D printer has a heated build chamber which can reach temperatures of up to 180°C within an hour. This feature, says the company, enables manufacturers to increase productivity and reduce the overall time needed to “prepare the print job.”

To help increase printing efficiency even more, the Bari-based company has also integrated a novel vacuum plate system into the 3D printing, which reportedly improves adhesion between the 3D print and the build plate and makes it easier to remove polymeric films from the build plate once printing is complete.

Other notable features include Roboze’s HVP extruders, which give the ARGO 500 the ability to process highly viscous and high temperature materials such as PEEK and Ultem (and can reach temperatures of up to 550 °C); and material control sensors.

These include sensors for automatic filament loading and auto-leveling, as well as end material, and material residue sensors. Users can also benefit from the ARGO 500’s insulated spool loading system with integrated moisture control and protection.

Of course, what would a Roboze 3D printer be without the company’s patented “Beltless System” technology? The technology, which is integrated into all of the company’s FFF/FDM 3D printers, replaces the traditional belt system with “sturdy helical racks and pinions.” This system reportedly ensures high precision and repeatability with mechanical tolerances of 25 microns.

Alessio Lorusso, CEO and founder of Roboze, commented on the new 3D printer, saying: “The new ARGO 500 enables our customer to produce metal replacement parts and benefit of unique technology designed on aerospace, motorsport and manufacturing end user needs.”

“The AM market is changing fast, and customers need to find the right answers in the media chaos of recent years. The ARGO 500 has been designed in close contact with the demands and needs of end-users on the market. I firmly believe that this new solution will support and help the innovative companies of today and tomorrow, accelerating the digitization of production processes,” he added.

As mentioned, the new 3D printer will officially be unveiled today and presented this week at formnext 2017. Visitors can find Roboze with its ARGO 500 machine at booth G-38 in hall 3.1.



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