Farnell element14 backs kickstarter project Robox

Farnell element14 backs kickstarter project Robox

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One nozzle is designed to print in detail, while the other is able to ‘fill in’ larger areas at much higher speeds. The Robox’s needle-valve system stops ‘ooze’ and ‘stringing’ from the nozzles, ensuring speed and quality. The Robox can print super-fine 0.02mm layers. Robox users can also pause a print part-way through and swap out the filament being used – allowing for multi-colour 3D printing.

A proprietary bed probing mechanism automatically detects and corrects the gantry to ensure it is always parallel and the first layer of whatever is being printed adheres evenly; the bed itself is made from a unique material, which adheres to the hot plastic while a print is taking place, but allows the user to ‘pop’ the printed object off when the plastic it is made of cools and shrinks slightly post-print.

Microchips on the rolls of filament let the printer know exactly what material it’s working with; a pioneering closed-feedback loop and dual-pinch-wheel extrusion system makes sure that the filament is fed to the print-head evenly.

Shipping with easy-to-use software, the Robox has space for a second extruder that will eventually allow dual-colour printing and/or the ability to print with different materials simultaneously.

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