Roboze, an Italian manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, has unveiled new headquarters in Bari, Southern Italy.
The headquarters are part of Roboze’s plan to quadruple production capacity. An R&D laboratory and Demo & Applications center will facilitate research and implementation of Roboze’s 3D printing and advanced materials. CEO Alessio Lorusso has called R&D “the true lifeblood of Roboze.”
The 16,000 square feet facility is part of a multinational industrial complex including companies such as SKF, Bridgestone, Bosch, Magneti Marelli, Merck and General Electric.
To keep pace with the expansion Roboze, currently a company of 25 employees, will hire 40 new employees in 2018 and a further 60 in 2019. Roboze say that the average age of its employees is 30, with over half of employees dedicated to research and development.
The facility has been designed with staff happiness as a priority. Relaxation rooms and designated meeting rooms have been purposefully created “to capture the youthful and innovative characteristics that the Roboze team represents.”
New Roboze medical division
Roboze’s focus in recent years has been on the industrial market. The company plans to allocate its expanding resources to the creation of a new division dedicated to medical technology.
Roboze will apply its materials expertise to the growing market for medical applications of PEEK, a bone-like polymer used for 3D printing implants. The company says it has already laid the groundwork for six research projects for the development of 3D printing materials with medical applications.
Recently, Roboze has received regional approval for a €1.3 million project for the design and fabrication of a 3D bio-plotter, to be used in the 3D printing of medical implants.
New offices, adapting to industry needs
Roboze is to open a new branch office in Chicago, where applications engineers and marketing managers will work to enhance the company’s reach in the U.S. market.
The company will start production in 2018 of the ARGO 500, their latest 3D printer. The ARGO 500 is a large scale printer compatible with polymers such as PEEK, Carbon PA, UTEM AM9085F and Carbon PEEK.
Roboze builds around 30 percent of its 3D printers’ components in house.
“Our ability to build in-house makes Roboze extremely fast, and highly adaptable to rapidly changing industry needs.”
Roboze said “our machines are completely designed [in-house]. We write the software language, design the user interface, and manufacture our extrusion heads in-house. All this know-how under one roof, allows us to respond quickly and stay at the top of our industry when technologies or markets change. Investing in production technologies also increases our experience and opens up new opportunities. Our goal isn’t to produce the most machines, but rather to produce the best machines in the world.”
Last year Roboze updated the Roboze One to support a larger array of materials, including Carbon PA, Nylon 6 and ASA. Roboze are working with Airbus subsidiary CTC GmbH to use Roboze industrial 3D printers to meet material requirements for aircraft.
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Featured image shows the new Roboze Headquarters. Photo via Roboze.