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Orbital Composites launches Orbital e- robotic AM system

Priced below $100,000 and targeting the education & research segment in continuous composites manufacturing

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With a new, more stylish, logo and website, Orbital Composites has launched its latest product, Orbital e-, an affordable yet highly capable robotic additive manufacturing (AM) system tailor-made for education and research customers. Orbital is introducing this compact, single-robot system to democratize access to robotic AM, with a highly attractive starting price of just under $100,00 or a 24-month lease option at $4,000 per month.

The Orbital e- offers a range of standard features including a six-axis robotic arm, a large 1.2m x 1.2m build platform, and the ability to print with aerospace-grade thermoplastic filaments. The system is equipped with Orb OS, a novel real-time robot control software, that enhances the precision and accuracy of the printing process.

“Our mission is to make Robotic AM accessible to all and help train the next generation workforce for advanced manufacturing in the United States”, said Orbital’s Founder and CTO Cole Nielsen.

The Orbital e- is designed to be user-friendly so that students and researchers can explore new materials and manufacturing processes. The system’s ability to print complex and intricate designs makes it ideal for the production of parts and components that are difficult or impossible to produce using traditional manufacturing methods.

“This is just the beginning for Orbital e-,” said Anil Kircaliali, Head of Automation at Orbital Composites. “The system will include several print-head types over time including pellet extrusion, thermoset, continuous-fiber, and machining/finishing end-effectors”.

“Orbital e- perfectly complements our existing portfolio of multi-robot AM systems like Orbital S and Orbital F”, added Amolak Badesha, CEO of Orbital Composites. “With common software across our AM platform, students and researchers will be able to seamlessly transition to our larger, and more advanced systems over time”. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in Q4 of this year.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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