The Pennsylvania State University lately obtained a new additive manufacturing system from Italian 3D printing firm Roboze. The ROBOZE One+400 Xtreme 3D printer will be utilized at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University. This is among the U.S.’ most influential chemical engineering departments.
When it comes to the academic part of 3D printing, the Penn State is an indisputable force. This is the university that has directed courses on additive manufacturing and also created 3D printing associated technologies. It is specifically famous for its Center for Innovative Materials Processing via Direct Digital Deposition. The hub covers many 3D printing systems and currently comprises One+400 Xtreme by Roboze. This allows experts to pursue crucial tasks to drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing.
The One+400 Xtreme additive manufacturing printer by Roboze will be utilized by the laboratory to research on polymer materials. This is so as to help understand better the potential of additive manufacturing custom tool and also other applications.
The 3D printer will also be utilized to explore novel polymers to assist to fundamentally know the AM procedure. It is also equipment to allow custom tools to be affordable rather than to be gotten with machining metals. It also enables designs that are not achievable with conventional production. This is as stated by Prof. Bryan D. Vogt of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
“The ROBOZE One+400 Xtreme will allow Penn State to leverage its expertise in materials science, engineering and characterization to enable new solutions to problems through additive manufacturing,” he adds.
The system by Roboze was picked for several reasons. This includes its responsiveness with a wide range of Polymer-based materials. It is also compatible with precision, high-performance synthetics, and peek. This level of accuracy for an FFF printing machine is allowed by the novel Beltless System of Roboze. It assists to guarantee smoothness, positioning precision, and repeatability.
“The ability to use custom filaments and control the print processing was a critical factor in selecting ROBOZE,” said Prof. Vogt.
“The flexibility allowed by ROBOZE along with its excellent printing capabilities is well aligned with the discovery-oriented research mission of the university to expand knowledge and its application. Moreover, our prior 3D printer had issues printing high-temperature engineering plastics like PEEK with severe deformation of the structure generally observed. After challenges with printing PEEK with standard belt-driven systems, the novel direct-drive approach with the ROBOZE was an added bonus,” he further explained.