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Roboze launches its Prometheus 3D printing slicer at RAPID + TCT

Roboze, a manufacturer of high-temperature industrial-grade 3D printers, has announced the launch of its new Prometheus slicing software at RAPID + TCT.

Named after the Titan who stole fire from the Greek gods, Prometheus is designed to optimize and streamline the build preparation process for industrial metal-replacement parts 3D printed on Roboze systems.

“We want our customers to extract the maximum performance from our machines and, at the same time, experience improved print preparation operations, starting from the first slicing phase,” said Alessio Lorusso, Founder & CEO of Roboze. “We worked continuously for two years to develop software that matches the quality of our printers and provides added value to our customers.” 

The Prometheus slicer will be available for Roboze customers at the end of 2021.

The Roboze portfolio of FFF 3D printers. Photo via Roboze.
The Roboze portfolio of FFF 3D printers. Photo via Roboze.

High-performance 3D printing with Roboze

Roboze’s 3D printing technology is one of high-temperature FFF, enabling high-stress, chemical-contacting applications in sectors such as aerospace, energy, automotive, and manufacturing tooling. The firm’s 3D printer range is currently four-strong, with the most recent launch being the ARGO 1000.

Equipped with a heated build chamber measuring 1000 x 1000 x 1000mm, the ARGO 1000 is Roboze’s largest 3D printer to date, and is capable of producing polymer and composite parts up to a cubic meter in volume. It comes complete with two high-temperature extruders, reportedly offering part repeatability of up to 99.96%.

Naturally, Roboze also offers a comprehensive portfolio of engineering-grade 3D printing filaments, including PEEK, Carbon PEEK, ULTEM AM9085F, Carbon PA, and more.

“Our customers and their experiences informed the development of Prometheus, which dramatically simplifies the printing process and increases the performance of Roboze printers. The solution provides greater accuracy and repeatability to parts produced with the best-performing super polymers and composite materials in the market,” said Antonio Pastore, Head of Engineering at Roboze.

The ARGO 1000 3D printer features remote print management. Photo via Roboze.
The ARGO 1000 3D printer features remote print management. Photo via Roboze.

Maximum efficiency with Prometheus

The release of Prometheus is intended to provide Roboze customers with a comprehensive yet easy-to-use print preparation companion. Equipped with a user-friendly interface and advanced slicer functionality for full control over the polymer and composite 3D printing process, the software is ultimately designed to increase both workflow efficiency and part performance.

According to Roboze, the technology behind Prometheus was developed to cover the intricacies of all of the company’s 3D printers, as well as the varying properties of all of its high-performance 3D printing materials. With just a few clicks, it will be possible to generate a secure 3D printing gcode. The slicer will also work across many of the most popular browsers available, including Chrome and Edge.

Pastore adds, “Just as 3D printers are constantly evolving, software must also evolve and accelerate ongoing hardware and automation enhancements. I am very proud of the results of this technological achievement, which addresses and overcomes all of the limitations of other software products in the market.”

The University of Delaware has previously used a Roboze ARGO 500 3D printer to facilitate collaborative research of high temperature composite 3D printing with the US Army. Specifically, the University’s Center for Composite Materials (CCM) used the system to expand its own research while manufacturing finished parts and mission-critical components for the US defense unit.

Elsewhere, researchers from Pennsylvania State University have previously used a ROBOZE One+400 Xtreme to advance the development of high performance plastics, with the overall goal of accelerating the progress and implementation of additive manufacturing. Additionally, the researchers used the system as an alternative to metal machining for custom equipment that would otherwise be impossible to manufacture.

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Featured image shows the Roboze portfolio of FFF 3D printers. Photo via Roboze.