Robo R2 Review

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7/10
Our Rating

The Robo R2 is a quality 3D printer that can dish out some remarkable prints, however it is also quite pricey

Description

Tech Specs

Supported Materials

PLA, ABS, PVA, HIPS, exotics, wood fill, Carbon fiber

Build Volume

8” x 8” x 10”

Extruder

1, with an option of adding another

Print Speed 

Up to 16 mm3/s

Connectivity

USB, WiFi, Ethernet

Filament Diameter

 1.75mm

Layer Resolution

20–300-micron layer resolution

Investing in a high-end 3D printer can be a costly affair. You don’t want to risk spending money on a substandard machine just because you failed to take a close look at the specifications it offers.

Not to mention that the sheer number of options available in the market is enough to impair your judgment.
 
The Robo R2 is a revolutionary consumer 3D printer that packs a plethora of exciting features. It is a great choice for DIY 3D printing enthusiasts looking to upgrade from their entry-level printers.

So how does it stack up against other high-end 3D printers?
 
This review considers the features and overall performance of the Robo R2 while highlighting the pros and cons to determine if it worth investing in?

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Design

If you are tired of mechanical designs on 3D printers with sharp edges and bare-bones, the Robo R2 offers a much-needed reprieve.

The first thing you’ll notice on the R2 is its sleek design and rounded corners. The simple grey color, blended with red accents enhances this printer’s aesthetics.
 
The printer features an open top with clear plastic windows on the sides. At the front is a door which you open to access the printed models or for maintenance of the device.

When the machine is printing, only the top remains open, which reduces the risk of getting burned by the hot extruder.
 
The Robo R2 is rather large with a 16.7 by 16.6 by 23.7-inch external build. It will fit nicely in your room or office. The large size allows it to print models up to 8 by 8 by 10 inches size.
 
Its enclosed frame and heated bed enable the nozzle to cope with high temperatures, ensuring that the R2 can print reliably using almost any kind of filament straight out of the box.

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Printing

What I liked most about this printer is that it offers the widest material support of all the 3D printers I’ve come across (and they are many!).

The R2 supports more than 30 different types of filaments, including exotic options like glass-infused PLA, as well as magnetic iron.
 
In my first 3D print test, I used PLA for the filament, which the manufacturer provides.  I tested the print quality by printing a torture test, then a Benchy before printing a long 24-hour print model of a curved honeycomb vase.
 
Generally, the Robo R2 produces some exquisite prints. All the prints were finished without any significant errors or hiccups, ending up in clean and smooth pieces.

And even though warping is possible when printing ABS, this can be fixed by altering the heating plate temperature and extrusion speed.
 
I would say the more profound challenges came in post-printing when it was time to get the prints off the tray. This can be a tricky task if you are using a spatula, and you stand the risk of damaging the plate if you use too much force.
 
With mere print speeds of 16mm/s as suggested by the manufacturer, the Robo R2 isn’t exactly the speed demon it’s touted to be.

The travel speeds are actually better at 250mm/s, although this printer is not among the fastest I’ve tested.
 
But you can expect the print quality and accuracy to be better than most printers in its class, with layer resolutions of up to 300microns.

Lower resolution models may end up experiencing slight layer shifting; otherwise, the R2 offers a smooth and clean finish.
 

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Features

The Robo R2 3D printer packs a punch of upgraded features that stand out from many DIY kits available in the market today.

The brand has been trying to set the standard for easy-to-use, plug-and-play design, and I must confess that it has succeeded on many fronts with this device.
 
The R2 comes with the bells and whistles to provide you with a hassle-free and exciting user experience. There is an integrated camera that allows you to watch the printing process in real-time using the Robo phone app.
 
A full 5-inch touchscreen display on the printer lets you adjust the settings and the setup process is made easy by the auto-leveling function.

Another useful feature is the filament run-out detection, which halts the machine to inform you that the filament has run out, preserving the unfinished model.
 
The printer also supports WiFi or Ethernet connectivity, which enables you to print remotely through your smartphone, tablet, and even traditional USB.

But this is not all, the R2 still allows you to produce prints directly from cloud design libraries.
 
There is also onboard slicing to save you the time taken in slicing files manually, allowing you to do this directly from the printer’s LCD touchscreen. There is only one extruder on the printer, but you have the option of adding an extra one if you want to.
 
Unfortunately, the printer suffers a number of quality control issues, which more than 50% of users tend to experience. According to the customer grievances I’ve come across, the problems affect parts like the gantry rods and even the internal camera.
 
Quality control is a major issue with the Robo R2 3D printer and this is something the company needs to address. Some of these issues start creeping up as early a couple of weeks or months after receiving the units

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Cost

With a price tag of around $1500, the Robo R2 is definitely not for everyone. It’s mostly business and serious users who purchase it, but if you have the financial capacity to acquire this machine, you might just be able to justify owning one.

If you're more of a hobbyist than a proferssional, there are some great printers in the Under $1000 category. 

As for beginners, if you're on a tighter budget, you can take a look at some of the 3D Printers Under $500.
 
The company sells a 1.1 pound spool of PLA filament for $20, with specialty materials like carbon fiber and wood for $35-$40.

The Robo may have a high initial cost of investment but the returns will be evident in the long run.

Support

The quality control issues on the Robo R2 imply that, more often than not, clients have to return them for repairs. Fortunately, the company has a fairly functional support center, specifically for this model.

There are a number of guides, operation manuals, troubleshooting tips, and maintenance checklists available on their site for new owners.

Alternatively, you can go on the online forum for more consultation on the issues bedeviling your device.

Furthermore, there is a 24/7 phone support that you can call whenever you want to, and this includes a live face-to-face repair help with a technician via Skype.

The Robo R2 comes with a one-year replacement warranty that enables you to schedule appointments for one-on-one help.

Summary

If you are looking for a quality 3D printer for personal use on serious projects or for your business, the Robo R2 can make a remarkable choice.

It has a cute design and comes stacked with advanced features that help to print high resolution and clean models.

As long as you manage to get through the quality control issues and the price, you will end up with a functional 3D printer that promises to improve your 3D printing experience.

If you're running on a tighter budget but still want something capable of producing quality prints, check out our list of 3D Printers Under $1000.

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