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CEL Robox 3D Printer - out of the box Review

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December 16, 2015 22:29

Your not locked into their filament, the chips allow rapid setup of the right parameters for theirs but you can override it if you wish

Also if you have your own filament (I have all OEM PLA for instance) then you simply have to manually set up the parameters, it works just fine and to save time you can base it from an existing prifile

So in this case the chips do not lock you in, they make it easier with CEL Filament.

The one down side is that the OEM filaments have to be supported outside the box so to speek as thay wont fit on the built in filament support

Once I have used up the ABS CEL filament, I plan on re-winding onto the CEL spools and re-flasking the built in chips to reflect the filament I have loaded

Software seems to fully support this


December 14, 2015 15:01

Hi SharkII

That’s not the case, the Robox doesn't lock you into using just their filament. You are able to use any brand of filament as long as it is 1.75mm diameter. There are advantages to using the SmartReels however, they hold information like temperature settings, print speed, and the amount of filament which has been used on that reel. It makes it really easy to operate the printer, just load the filament and the Robox automatically detects the settings and changes accordingly. If you use other filament reels, you would lose this functionality and have to set up new filament profiles, which is actually pretty simple.

Cheers, Ash

December 2, 2015 15:41

Hi there

I to am an owner of the CEL Robox printer and I completly disagree with your assesment.... Even after Months you will still stand there watching it print, its like kitten movies, you know there a wase of time but you will watch them for hours anyway :)

now more seriously, yes CEL are excelent for service, I had a few issues with mine from the get go but as I was in Canada it was alot more of a pain to ship back to the UK for repair etc, but now they also have a center in the USA and off it went. A week later my printer was back and has been going great ever since, ABS is a pain to print with corners curling etc but thats the same story with ANY 3D printer of this type. PLA prints great and I have just completed my first >24Hr print with sucess

Excelent Post and I hope you have great fun with the printer

btw, DS Mechanical is great for modeling for the 3D printer, is from RS and best of all it is free and it supports 3D printing STL files out of the box

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December 14, 2015 14:30

Apparently this printer locks you into buying only THEIR spools of material. Which is like the way printer companies chip their cartridges so you have to pay exorbitant prices for their ink. No thank. That is a deal breaker on an machine I would consider.

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