Leading trade-only distributor Midwich today announced that the award-winning CEL Robox will be enhancing their already impressive range of 3D printing technology.
Robox is literally a robot in a portable box, and will provide customers with a more cost-effective, straightforward option when it comes to 3D print and open up a brand new world of possibilities in the classroom. With tablets replacing exercise books and interactive displays being used instead of a blackboard, 3D printing is set to play an increasingly significant role in the digital classroom of the future. 3D printers break down barriers between designing and manufacturing and help inspire young people to invent, to think creatively about design and technology and not be afraid to make mistakes. Robox has the ability to bridge the gap between a child's vivid imagination and the reality of what they are actually able to create, transforming static lessons into multi-dimensional learning experiences.
Schools have traditionally struggled to justify the cost of a 3D printer, but they are now more affordable than ever, offering an all-in-one package to accommodate tight budgets. Robox is one of the most economical and cost-effective on the market, both as an initial investment and also measured over its lifetime due to the very low cost of consumables such as filament, heads and extruders.
For the school environment, safety is obviously paramount. Robox ticks all the boxes with a lockable lid that prevents users from touching the heated print bed or melted plastic- increased safety features mean that creative design lessons can be offered as early as Key Stage 1.
Safety isn’t the only advantage – Robox recently won the 3D Hubs 2016 “Plug and Play” award thanks to its ease of setup, intuitive software and all-round accessibility. It really is as easy as selecting a file, choosing print quality settings and pressing print. Robox supports the widest range of materials of any desktop 3D printer on the market, and there are also free online tools to help, which enable students to simply "click and drag" to build designs.
Robox’s unique and innovative features, along with its affordability and reliability, make it the perfect companion to any D&T classroom, and it in universities, secondary schools and, increasingly, primary schools. Although 3D printing hardware has actually been technically good enough for use in primary schools for some time, it’s only with Robox’s enhanced safety features and recent innovations in free 3D printing design software that the technology has become accessible and new possibilities created for use in education environments.
Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printer comments: “3D printing helps to drive creativity, stimulate thinking and engage students in practical work. Accessibility and safety are of great importance to schools, and we’re already seeing great take-up of the Robox printer in classrooms as students prepare for a new era of product design, development and manufacturing. We’re excited to have partnered with Midwich as we look to take the Robox printer into even more schools and organisations around the country”.
Midwich can offer specialist expertise and advice on all types of 3D print and consumables, and make sure that you make the right decisions to ensure you get the 3D printer that is best suited to your needs.
For more information, speak to our 3D Print specialist Aaron Thorogood on 07803 008382
By Rachel Killington