Additive technology shows great promise for helping manufacturers meet changing market demands. Until now, however, inconsistent results and lack of industrial integration have prevented 3D printers from assuming a position alongside traditional machine tools on the plant floor. Talking about the collaboration, Alessio Lorusso, Founder & CEO, Roboze, asserted, "Our collaboration with B&R has proven that, if designed from the beginning as fully connected industrial machines, 3D printers can do far more than just prototyping. Thanks to the advanced automation solution we developed with B&R, Roboze's additive technology will lead the way into the future of adaptive manufacturing."
Comprehensive control and connectivity
The ARGO 500 offers fully automated control of every step in the high-temperature printing process. Following each print cycle, it generates a comprehensive process data log to create a digital model and allows automatic certification of every part produced. Remote connectivity enables predictive diagnostics to maximise availability and productivity, while also allowing the ARGO 500 to evolve over time with easily updated features, parameters and intelligence.
The advanced control system and Roboze's patented beltless technology increase printing speed & deliver repeatable precision six times higher than can be achieved with belt-driven printers. That precision is critical, because the ARGO 500 prints super polymers and composite materials that replace metal alloys in applications where they are subjected to high temperatures, abrasive chemicals and extreme mechanical stress. The parts must meet exacting demands on material properties and dimensional tolerances that have previously only been achieved using traditional processes like injection moulding or CNC machining.
Expressing further, Lorusso added, "Thanks to our shared vision for the future of manufacturing and B&R's great experience in industrial control & automation, we are proud to say the ARGO 500 represents the state-of-the-art of industrial 3D Printing technology for super polymers and composite materials. Together, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of changing the way objects are produced."