Roboze inaugurates the research center on 3D printing “supermaterials” – 3DPrint.com

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Roboze, an original equipment manufacturer for additive manufacturing (AM), announced that it has begun construction of a laboratory dedicated to the development of advanced polymers for 3D printing. The 2,000 square meter facility will be an addition to Roboze’s existing headquarters, comprising two offices in Bari, Italy. (Roboze also has a North American headquarters, in Houston, Texas.)

The new research center will focus exclusively on the development of AM “supermaterials”. The latter is a term that Roboze uses to refer to potential polymers that would combine the metallic strength of existing petroleum-based thermoplastics and the reduced carbon footprint that could be achieved with the use of large-scale bio-based plastic feedstocks. .

In a press release announcing the new research center, Roboze Founder and CEO Alessio Lorusso said, “We are constantly challenging the status quo of what is considered feasible and what feels futuristic, giving a precise date to this second category. Our new labs will allow us to quickly accelerate all developments and give us many more opportunities to invent what no one thought possible. Our challenge at Roboze is to create 3D printing technology and super materials for a paradigm shift in today’s production model, producing high performance parts sustainably, just in time and on demand. , eliminating dependence on metals and oil.

Clearly, the world is a long way from realizing a situation where eliminating dependence on metals and oil is a viable business model. On the other hand, gradually reducing this dependency over the long term is a very viable business strategy, and this goal has always been at the heart of Roboze’s corporate mission. Developing the kind of materials that Roboze is aiming for syncs perfectly with the company’s commitment to outsourcing production and creating circular economies.

Interestingly, the company is perfectly positioned to deliver on its promise to develop emission reduction solutions precisely because of its proximity to the oil and gas sector. As much as oil and gas companies also like to deny the existence of climate change, they have long known that their future depends on their own ability to contribute as much as possible to reducing emissions, while diversifying the energy sources that they use. re invested in.

Oil and gas is one of the sectors to which Roboze is most exposed, due to the fact that the company’s platforms are compatible with PEEK polymers, which can be used as replacements for metal parts in infrastructure oil and gas. Also, the fact that Roboze’s North American headquarters is in Houston, one of the most important fossil fuel terminals in the world, can’t be a coincidence. Cruel as the irony may be, the transition to renewables seems destined to be led by the oil and gas sector. In this context, it seems reasonable to think that an oil and gas major could eventually buy a company like Roboze and turn it into its circular economy division.

Images courtesy of Roboze

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