GE to explore high-performance thermoplastic 3D printing with Roboze One+400 3D printer
GE Additive, General Electric’s 3D printing-focused venture, recently increased its 3D printer arsenal at its Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York with the addition of a Roboze One+400 3D printer. The 3D printer will help GE to further its R&D of 3D printing technologies, as the branch is consistently searching for new and innovative ways to integrate additive manufacturing across GE.
Roboze, an Italy-based FFF 3D printer manufacturer, has become recognized within the 3D printing world for its innovative beltless 3D printing system. Not only beltless, the Roboze One+400 also integrates extruders that can heat up to 400 degrees Celsius, making the 3D printer compatible for use with a wide range of materials, including “techno-polymers” such as PEEK, polycarbonate, nylon 12, and more.
“We are excited to have this new 3D printer,” commented Scott Miller, Manager of the Material Systems Lab at GE Global Research. “It will let us explore ways to take advantage of 3D printing from high-performance polymers such as PEEK. We will also be able to evaluate new designs with greater complexity enabled by 3d printing in areas where we already use high-performance polymers.”
According to GE Additive, its first order of business with the Roboze 3D printer will be to explore the potential of PEEK for a range of applications, notably within the aviation sector. As a 3D printing material, PEEK has seen a rise in popularity, with companies such as Germany-based Indmatec manufacturing top quality PEEK filaments which have shown promise, most recently in the auto manufacturing industry.
Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Roboze, expressed excitement about providing GE with one of Roboze’s 3D printers, and plans to work with GE to not only promote the use of PEEK and other thermoplastic materials for 3D printed metal replacement parts, but to further improve his own company’s 3D printing technology. He said: “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in the past year after tremendous effort in research and development. Successfully delivering our Roboze One+400 to the laboratories of GE Global Research in Niskayuna, points out to one main conclusion – our innovative 3d printing technology will be part of the global industrial revolution, offering ways to substantially reduce manufacturing costs, which is a primary goal of all large industrial corporations . We will work closely with our customers to follow their changing needs, and provide them with new solutions focusing on reinforced metal replacement materials. I’m honored to help and support GE in their journey of leading once again new industrial revolutions.”
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