CEL’s new printer promises to take the hassle out of 3D printing, with user-friendly design and safety features.
Personal 3D printing is very much an emerging technology: although its potential is exciting, the devices we’ve seen so far have felt more like clunky industrial prototypes than slick consumer products. Now, the CEL Robox printer - originally funded through Kickstarter, but on general sale from December - alms to address its predecessors’ shortcomings.
This begins with the stylish, self-contained physical design, which immediately makes the Robox a more attractive desktop companion than the bare scaffolds we’re used to seeing at this price. It’s practical, too: the pungent fumes associated with 3D printing are sealed beneath the Robox’s plastic lid, and the enclosed atmosphere also helps to keep temperature consistent, so your plastic is more likely to cool and set evenly. There’s even a safety benefit: the lid automatically locks down while the printer is in operation, which is a sensible precaution since the working print head heats up to more than 200 C.