Category: Innovation

23
Jul

Titan and Braskem Partner to Commercialize Polypropylene Pellets for Industrial 3D Printing

Titan and Braskem launch new strategic partnership to provide industrial additive manufacturing solutions

Colorado Springs, CO – Titan Robotics, Ltd. and Braskem are providing new additive manufacturing solutions after entering into a strategic partnership and announcing the launch of a new 3D printable polypropylene (PP) resin optimized for printing large-format, production parts. This is the first commercially available grade of unfilled polypropylene engineered for 3D printing on Titan’s industrial Atlas 3D printers with pellet extrusion capability.

Braskem Logo

Utilizing Titan’s innovative pellet extrusion system on its Atlas 3D printers, Titan and Braskem worked together for more than a year on the research and development of this new polypropylene grade for additive manufacturing. Through a strategic partnership Titan and Braskem plan to continue to offer innovative new grades and custom compounds of Braskem’s polypropylene resin to meet the needs of Titan’s industrial customers.

Polypropylene is ideal for additive manufacturing based on its recyclability, impact strength, chemical resistance, and dimensional stability. Additionally, polypropylene has durable live hinge capabilities and a lower density compared to other plastics.

“3D printing large parts using polypropylene resin has been a challenge for many years. In collaboration with Braskem, a global leader in the polypropylene market, we have now solved that challenge. Our industrial customers will be able to print functional parts with this first of its kind polypropylene grade. We are also excited to continue to develop new polypropylene based solutions for our customers in collaboration with Braskem,” said Rahul Kasat, Titan Robotics’ Chief Commercial Officer.

As one of the most widely used polymers across dozens of industries, polypropylene has been highly sought after in 3D printing. Due to its crystallinity, the existing grades of polypropylene have been not suitable for 3D printing. Because Braskem’s new polypropylene pellets, and filament, are engineered for 3D printing, the materials have little to no warpage and strong interlayer adhesion, overcoming traditional challenges of 3D printing polypropylene.

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Braskem Polypropylene pellets for 3D printing

Launch of this product enables industrial use cases across a broad range of industries including automotive parts, components for the chemical and gas industry, packaging applications, storage and creating live hinges.

Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Additive Manufacturing Leader, North America, commented, “Through Braskem’s partnership with Titan Robotics, a leader in High Speed 3D printing market, we have combined competencies in machine development and polymer design to introduce a unique product to the market .  It is our goal to continue to listen to the needs of our clients and evolve our 3D product portfolio to best support the value chain.  We look forward to our continued collaborations with Titan.”

Titan and Braskem are breaking down barriers to the adoption of additive manufacturing by enabling customers to utilize their end-use material, polypropylene, in 3D printing. Titan is proud to be an authorized distributor of Braskem’s 3D printing pellet products.

3D printed polypropylene propeller
Propeller 3D printed out of Polypropylene pellets on the Atlas

About Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas

Pellet extrusion on the Atlas enables production additive manufacturing solutions by printing directly with plastic pellets instead of traditional filament. Pellet extrusion increases throughput and decreases material costs, while also expanding the variety of materials that can be 3D printed.

Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas enables material cost savings up to 10 times compared to traditional 3D printing filaments and the ability to print with hundreds of grades of resins. From flexible, low durometer materials up to high-performance and highly filled engineering materials, pellet extrusion on the Atlas utilizes open market materials.

Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas also enables the ability to print large, production parts due to the faster print speeds and higher through-put on the Atlas. Flow rates range from 1 lbs to 30 lbs per hour and prints speeds can top out at 30,000 mm per minute, reducing production time from days to hours.

About Titan Robotics

Titan Robotics, Ltd. is a production additive manufacturing solutions provider. Titan designs and fabricates large-format, purpose-built 3D printers, and provides solutions to its customers by developing processes using Titan’s additive manufacturing technology. Specializing in direct pellet fed 3D printing and high flow filament 3D printing, Titan’s large-format systems enable the use of engineering grade and commodity materials. Titan provides complete additive manufacturing implementation, from manufacturing on demand through its printing services, to consulting and material integration processes.

About Braskem

With a global vision of the future oriented towards people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company’s almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improve people’s lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare and hygiene, among others. With 41 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico and Germany, and net revenue of R$52.3 billion (US$13.2 billion), Braskem exports its products to clients in more than 100 countries.

Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and operations in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa.


14
May

Titan’s Global Customer Network 3D Printing PPE

Titan Robotics would like to take a minute to thank and highlight Titan’s global network of customers and partners who are helping healthcare workers in their communities by 3D printing personal protective equipment (PPE). As designs were validated for 3D printable face shields, nearly a dozen of Titan’s customers across the US and Mexico jumped into action, responding to the shortage of PPE due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

3D printed face shield
A health care worker in Morelia, MX wears a 3D printed face shield provided by PSSI

One amazing example of innovation and community support can be found in Morelia, MX, where Titan customer PSSI shifted their operations from printing foundry patterns to face shields. To date, PSSI has printed approximately 1,400 face shields to provide their community and local hospitals. Using pellet extrusion on their Atlas 3D printer, the team at PSSI reduced print times down to just 3 minutes per face shield head band, enabling them to quickly and affordably get these much needed parts into the hands of those who need them most.

Health care workers wearing face shields
PSSI provided local hospitals and the community with thousands of 3D printed face shields

And just outside of Dallas, TX, Titan customer Triumph Group optimized their large format Atlas 3D printer with filament extrusion to print more than 2,500 face shields for the Dallas VA Hospital and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. The team at Triumph maximized the large print bed and large nozzle diameters to reduce print time by 90% to more quickly produce the face shields.

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Triumph’s Innovation and Technology Team 3D prints up to 50 face shield halos at a time on their Atlas 3D printer.

“I optimized the face shield head bands designs to leverage Titan’s large extrusion width so a continuous vase tool path could be used.  This improved the quality and speed of the prints.  I was able to achieve a 90% print time reduction,” said Innovation and Technology Engineer John Hannappel in an email to Titan regarding Triumph’s PPE printing efforts.

The Titan team thanks our incredible customers who are utilizing industrial additive manufacturing to 3D print PPE for healthcare workers during this pandemic, providing their communities with thousands of face shields to keep them safe.

10
Apr

Titan Uses Pellet Extrusion to Produce 1000’s of Face Shields

As a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, Titan Robotics is utilizing our production additive manufacturing technology to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in Colorado and across the country.

With Pellet Extrusion 3D Printing on the Atlas, Titan is able to print these parts at much faster rates, with much lower material costs compared to traditional filament desktop 3D printers. Printing directly with pellets also enables the use of a wider range of materials, such as flexible materials, for some of these PPE parts.

In order to provide the right parts that are approved by medical professionals, Titan is working through accredited organizations such as the Colorado Coronavirus Innovative Response Team, America Makes, the Department of Defense, as well as local hospitals such as UC Health. The parts that Titan Robotics is printing are either already approved by these organizations or under review by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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One of Titan’s focuses is 3D printing face shields for healthcare workers. With our industrial 3D printers using pellet extrusion, Titan is able to print a face shield halo in 5.5 minutes using less than 50 cents in material. With traditional filament 3D printing, each of these parts would take 2-3 hours. But with Titan’s pellet extrusion technology, we can printing 32 halos in the time it would normally take to make just one. This design for face shields has been approved by UC Health as a re-usable part that can be sanitized.

As part of another effort through the state, Titan also printed hundreds of halos for the Colorado Coronavirus Innovative Response Team, which are being delivered to Genesis Plastics in Greeley for distribution to hospitals in Colorado. Titan worked with another Colorado Springs small business, Motominded, to complete these face shields. Motominded used its laser cutting capabilities to cut the clear shields that fit onto the halos. For this project, several of Titan’s employees brought in their personal 3D printers from home to make these parts as this design was smaller and required filament 3D printing. 

3D printed prototypes of medical masks for evaluation by doctors

Titan has also received requests for 3D printing face masks from local hospitals and have printed several prototypes out of different materials, such as flexible materials, for the doctors to test out. However, 3D printing face masks is a more complicated effort that will take longer for the additive manufacturing community to develop. The 3D printed face mask designs are currently being evaluated by medical authorities such as NIH and UC Health. If these designs are approved, Titan will utilize our printers and capabilities to produce these parts.

20
May

Titan Robotics Debuts Atlas-H 3D Printer with Dual Pellet Extruders at RAPID+TCT 2019

Detroit, MI –Titan Robotics, Ltd. will debut its latest innovative production 3D printer with Dual Pellet Extruders at the Rapid+TCT exhibition, May 21 – 23, 2019. As a production additive manufacturing (AM) solutions provider, Titan continues to innovate and offer novel solutions for the AM industry. The new Atlas-H product line features dual retracting pellet extruders combined with a robust frame and industrial closed-loop motion control system that enable print speeds reaching 30,000mm/minute. The Dual Pellet Extrusion System further reduces part production costs by combining high-speed printing with the ability to use a wider range of low-cost pellet feedstocks. This provides additional production solutions that enable the adoption of polymer extrusion 3D printing on the factory floor.

Dual Pellet Extrusion Atlas-H
Dual Pellet Extruders on the new Atlas-H

“Titan has been a pioneer in the development and implementation of pellet extrusion technology in the additive manufacturing industry. Our Atlas-H product launch aligns with Titan’s mission to develop innovative solutions and technologies to bring additive manufacturing into industrial production,” said Clay Guillory, Titan Robotics CEO. “It strengthens Titan’s reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the industry.”

Pellet Extrusion 3D printing on the Atlas with a heated enclosure significantly increases the number of materials that can be 3D printed, with a wide range from the very flexible, to high stiffness and from low-temperature commodity materials to high-temperature engineering thermoplastics. This wide range of materials in pellet form is also the lowest cost 3D printing feedstock available on the market to date, with cost savings reaching 10X lower than traditional filament feedstocks.

Carbon Fiber ABS Pellets
ABS Pellets reinforced with Carbon Fiber

The new Atlas-H model with a build volume of 42”x42”x48” also features a new industrial design, capable of reaching print speeds of up to 30,000 mm/min with multiple extruder heads on the same gantry. This superior, high speed motion control system utilizes industrial controllers and servo drives on all axes, enabling precise and reliable movements and smooth G-Code execution.

“At Titan Robotics, we value innovation that addresses our customers’ needs as we continue to push boundaries for extrusion-based 3D printers. With a second pellet extruder on Titan’s Atlas-H, our customers can deposit multiple model materials within a single part or model and support materials so that parts with complex features can be more readily realized,” explained Bill Macy, Titan’s CTO.

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The Atlas-H with Dual Extruders and Heated Enclosure

Titan’s Atlas line of 3D printers are currently used by industrial customers across multiple industries, including aerospace, government, defense, automotive, foundry, manufacturing, universities, apparel and visual merchandise across the globe. Customer applications range from end-use production parts to mass customization, molds, tooling and design iteration.

“With the launch of Atlas-H, we believe both existing and new customers will benefit from increased speed and reduced raw material cost with high reliability never seen before in this industry. Our expanded product portfolio empowers our customers, enabling them to choose the configuration that meets their production needs,” said Titan’s CCO, Rahul Kasat. “Available configurations include options for multiple filament and pellet extruders on a single gantry, thus optimizing customers’ capital investments and operating expenses.”

Titan will conduct live 3D printing on the new Atlas-H Dual Pellet Extrusion 3D Printer during Rapid 2019, utilizing dual materials as well as showcasing high print speeds. Rapid attendees will also see Titan’s flagship Atlas 2.5 3D Printer with Hybrid Pellet + Filament Extrusion 3D printer in action in the Titan booth (#527).

Atlas 2.5 enclosure

See the New Atlas-H with Dual Pellet Extrusion and Titan’s Flagship Atlas 2.5 with Hybrid Filament + Pellet Extrusion at Titan’s Booth #527, at the Rapid+TCT Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit, May 21 – 23, 2019.

16
May

Titan Robotics Conducting Live Printing of New and Unique Materials on Two Atlas 3D Printers at Rapid + TCT

Detroit, MI – Titan Robotics is partnering with top global material companies to demonstrate a wide range of high-performance materials with both pellet extrusion and filament extrusion on its newest Atlas 3D Printers during Rapid + TCT 2019. With a focus on production additive manufacturing, Titan will conduct live printing of new and unique materials from DuPont™, Infinite® Material Solutions and Push Plastic at Rapid + TCT held at the Detroit Cobo Center May 21 – 23, 2019.

As a production additive manufacturing solutions provider, Titan is pushing the boundaries with multi-head extrusion technology and increasing the number of materials that can be 3D printed. Teaming up with top materials companies in the AM industry enables Titan to continue to offer high-performance materials to make functional parts.

Titan will be printing with several unique materials on two of its newest Atlas 3D Printer models during Rapid + TCT 2019 in the Titan Booth, #527. Rapid attendees will have the opportunity to see high speed and multi-head extrusion 3D printing of materials from DuPont™, Infinite® Material Solutions and Push Plastic. The Titan Robotics Team and representatives from the material companies will be on hand to discuss printer capabilities, material properties and customers’ application needs.

Printing Schedule during Rapid + TCT 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 10am – 6pm: DuPont™ Zytel® 3D12G30PT Pellets with 30% glass fiber reinforcement

DuPont™ Logo

A high-performance material delivering a balance of stiffness and strength, Zytel® Glass-reinforced Polyamide Pellets is a specialty nylon material from DuPont™. Zytel® reinforced with 30% glass fiber has low warpage and shrinkage, excellent thermal performance (HDT>150C), chemical resistance, low moisture absorption during printing while still maintaining ease of printing and high-quality surface finish. Titan will conduct live printing of Zytel® Pellets with 30% glass fiber reinforcement during the first day of the Rapid + TCT Expo.

Zytel(R) Pellets
Zytel® Pellets with 30% Glass Fiber Reinforcement from DuPont

In addition to Zytel® pellets, Titan will also demonstrate high-speed printing of Hytrel® thermoplastic elastomer (TPC-ET) pellets on its secondary Atlas 3D printer during the first day of Rapid. Hytrel® 3D printing material is a versatile copolyester that combines the flexibility of rubber with the strength and processability of thermoplastics. It blends heat and chemical resistance with strength, resilience and durability.

Hytrel(R) Pellets
Hytrel® Pellets from DuPont

Wednesday, May 22, 10am – 6pm: Infinite® Material Solutions AquaSys® 120 Water Soluble Pellets & Custom AquaSys® High Temperature Water Soluble Test Pellets

AquaSys® 120 is a new material from Infinite® Material Solutions specifically for 3D printing applications requiring high-performance attributes, quality, ease of use and increased throughput. Compatible with a wide range of materials, AquaSys® 120 features fast dissolution rates, high thermal stability, superior adhesion and is fully water soluble. AquaSys® 120 is compatible with a wide range of engineering grade resins, such as ABS, PC/ABS, Nylon, TPU, CPE, PC and PP. Titan will conduct live printing of AquaSys® 120 in pellet form as a soluble support material with nylon as the model material on the second day of Rapid.

AquaSys(R) 120 Water Soluble Pellets
Infinite® Material Solutions AquaSys® 120 Water Soluble Pellets

Titan will also demonstrate live printing of a custom test material from Infinite® Material Solutions: AquaSys® High Temperature Water Soluble Pellets. While not commercially available, this proof-of-concept material is a high temperature, tap water only, soluble material that would be used in additive manufacturing applications requiring high processing temperatures. Titan will print this material during the second day of Rapid as a single, soluble tool demonstration.

AquaSys(R) High Temperature test pellets
Infinite® Material Solutions: AquaSys® High Temperature Water Soluble test pellets

Thursday, May 23, 10am – 3pm: Push Plastic ABS with 15% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Pellets and PETG with 10% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Filament

Push Plastic’s ABS reinforced with 15% of carbon fiber pellets and PETG with 10% carbon fiber reinforcement filament provide a production solution for additive manufacturing. Designed for structural components that require high stiffness, the CF ABS pellets and CF PETG filament feature an ease of printing with excellent stiffness, great dimensional stability and a matte appearance with exceptional surface quality. Titan will conduct live printing of Push Plastic CF ABS pellets, CF PETG filament and PLA pellets during the final day of Rapid.

ABS Pellets with 15% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement
ABS with 15% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement pellets from Push Plastic

Please stop by Titan’s exhibit booth, #527, at the Rapid + TCT Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit, May 21 – 23, 2019.

Zytel® is a registered trademark of DuPont™

Hytrel® is a registered trademark of DuPont™

AquaSys® is a registered trademark of Infinite® Material Solutions

05
Feb

Our Biggest Year Yet: Titan Robotics Gears Up for 2019 Expos

Titan Robotics is excited to unveil our latest products at several of the biggest additive manufacturing events and expos this Spring! You’ll have a chance to see Titan’s newest industrial 3D printers in action and meet the Titan Robotics team at three events across the country.


AMUG logo2019 will be the first year Titan Robotics showcases an Atlas 3D printer at the Additive Manufacturing User’s Group (AMUG) conference, held this year in Chicago, March 31 – April 4, 2019. The AMUG expo is much more than a trade show, with an intimate setting focused on sharing information and networking. Not open to the general public, the AMUG expo is exclusively for conference attendees and innovative companies like Titan Robotics demonstrating the latest in AM technology.

Titan will be printing with several unique materials (announced at a later date) during the AMUG expo on the Atlas 3D printer with the hybrid pellet + filament extrusion system. Materials being printed will include high temperature and high performance polymers. The Titan team and materials experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss your specific application needs.  Register to attend AMUG here and visit Titan Robotics at Booth 78! (Early registration pricing ends March 2, 2019)



cast expo

Titan Robotics will also be exhibiting at CastExpo for the first time, held this year in Atlanta from April 27 – 30, 2019. Occurring every three years, CastExpo is the largest North American gathering of the metalcasting supply chain companies. Titan Robotics is excited to share how 3D printing and Titan’s line of Atlas 3D printers can improve pattern making processes with lower cost patterns, faster turn around time and better ROI.

3D Printed PatternTitan will showcase a wide variety of examples, demonstrating how pellet extrusion and filament extrusion on the Atlas can be a game changer for foundries of all kinds. To register for CastExpo 2019 using Titan’s unique code, click hereAnd come visit Titan Robotics at Booth 2818!


Rapid + TCTThis will be Titan’s biggest year yet at RAPID+TCTthe largest 3D printing event in North America! Held this year in Detroit from May 20 – 23, 2019, the RAPID+TCT trade show is the most comprehensive event in the Additive Manufacturing industry. Each year Titan’s presence has grown more prominent at RAPID, and 2019 will be no exception. With multiple machines on the show floor, Titan will unveil its latest developments and new technology at RAPID 2019!

Atlas 2.5 enclosureThis event will also be an opportunity to see a wide range of unique and new materials being printed live in the Titan booth. As always, Titan’s experts will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss unique applications and demonstrate our cutting edge AM technology. Contact Titan Robotics to receive your FREE pass to the RAPID+TCT Expo! We look forward to seeing you at the Titan Booth 527!

29
Oct

Titan Robotics Discusses Importance of Additive Manufacturing with U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn

Titan Robotics, Ltd. welcomed U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn last week to discuss several topics, including the importance of Additive Manufacturing technology especially as it relates to advances with our military.

Rep Lamborn at Titan

Rep. Lamborn with some of the Titan Robotics Team

Rep. Lamborn serves on the Majority of the House Committee on Armed Services, which covers the breadth of the operations of the Department of Defense as well as the national security functions of the Department of Energy and other related areas. Source: Armed Services Committee Website

Rep. Lamborn represents Colorado’s Fifth District, based right here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado’s 5th District is one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts, with five military installations and home to more than 100,000 veterans. Rep. Lamborn also serves on the Strategic Forces and Emerging Threat and Capabilities Subcommittees. In these roles, he participates in the oversight of our nation’s strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense and space programs.

Atlas Demonstration

Titan Robotics CEO Clay Guillory demonstrates Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas

During the visit, Titan Robotics demonstrated several cutting edge Additive Manufacturing technologies. A highlight of the demonstration was Titan’s advancements in unique materials that can be 3D printed using the Atlas 3D printer with direct pellet fed extrusion. Titan team members and Rep. Lamborn discussed how this technology has great potential to change manufacturing and how Titan’s Pellet Extrusion is already being used in several DoD and aerospace applications.

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Titan Robotics CCO Rahul Kasat discusses Titan’s technology with Rep. Lamborn

Rep. Lamborn also learned about how Titan is growing the local economy in Colorado Springs. In 2018 alone, Titan has hired eight new full-time employees and three part-time employees. Titan also helps other local small businesses grow by working with several Colorado Springs suppliers in the manufacturing sector. Rep. Lamborn was also impressed to learn how Titan Robotics was named a Top 50 Colorado Company to Watch in 2018.

The visit was a chance to highlight Titan’s role in advanced manufacturing and innovative technology taking place right here in Colorado Springs!

 

05
Sep

Titan Taking AM Tech to Three Manufacturing Events This September

The Titan Robotics Team is taking our advanced Additive Manufacturing technology on the road next week, sharing our latest developments at three major manufacturing events across the country.

IMTS 2018  IMTS Logo

Connect with Titan Robotics at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this year, September 10-15, 2018. Titan will be demonstrating its lightning fast 3D printing technology and new Yaskawa industrial control system. This is Titan’s first year to be at IMTS and we are excited to be working in collaboration with Yaskawa and demonstrating Titan’s high speed  and high precision Additive Manufacturing capabilities. Reaching up to 5G’s of acceleration, Titan’s custom Atlas built for Yaskawa is sure to be one of the fastest FFF 3D printers on the show flow floor this year. Be sure to visit us at Yaskawa’s Booth # 236601!  Watch Video below or visit to Titan’s YouTube channel.

 

 

AFS: 2018 Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting Conference   American Foundry Society

Clay Guillory

Founder/CEO

Titan Robotics Founder and CEO Clay Guillory will share Titan’s latest developments in Additive Manufacturing for foundry at the 2018 Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting Conference by the American Foundry Society. Guillory’s presentation will focus on polymer 3D printing in both filament and pellet extrusion as an innovative and cost effective way to manufacture patterns for metalcasting. The Additive Manufacturing Metalcasting Conference, held in Louisville, KY, September 10-13, explores how AM technology can transform the metalcasting industry, from improving existing processes with 3D printing to capturing new customers. Catch Guillory’s presentation on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 8:45am.

 

Innovation Takes Root   Innovation Takes RootMaddie Guillory

Titan Robotics CMO Maddie Guillory will also focus on how 3D printing is shaping the foundry industry at the Innovation Takes Root Conference in San Diego next week. The conference is put on by NatureWorks, the premier manufacturer of bio polymers and well known 3D printing Ingeo PLA plastics. Guillory’s presentation will focus on PLA’s vital role in 3D printing for industrial applications and its unique fit for the foundry industry as a material of choice. Catch Guillory’s presentation on September 11, at 8:30am.

25
Apr

Titan Robotics Debuts Faster, More Reliable 3D Printers at RAPID + TCT 2018

 

Fort Worth, TX – Titan Robotics’ Pellet Extrusion 3D printing technology and a new lightning fast 3D printer will be front and center at the RAPID + TCT 3D printing event this week.  Titan will be featured in several displays around the expo and debut a new, fully Yaskawa servo controlled 3D printer at the Titan booth, printing at speeds reaching up to 5Gs acceleration.

Video: Custom Titan Atlas 3D Printer powered by Yaskawa

Titan Robotics Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas 3D Printer

Titan Robotics will demonstrate direct pellet fed 3D printing on the Atlas in a heated enclosure at RAPID, enabling printing with a wider range of materials compared to traditional filament extrusion. Sample parts demonstrating the expanded capabilities of Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas will be on hand, from the very soft, rubberlike materials up to high performance materials, including 50% glass filled nylon and 50% carbon fiber filled PEI.

 

Custom Atlas

Custom Atlas 3D Printer powered by Yaskawa

Titan Robotics teamed up with motion control experts, Yaskawa America, to set a new pace for 3D Printing speed, accuracy and reliability.  The system combines Titan’s expertise in large-format Additive Manufacturing technology with Yaskawa’s top of the line motion control systems. The machine’s advances are achieved through technology that is new to the field of additive manufacturing, and was drawn from the world of automated industrial machinery.

 

The new printer, developed in a cooperative effort between Titan and Yaskawa, is able to achieve an impressively fast printing speed of 350 millimeters per second. When moving between print events, the print head can travel between two precise points at a remarkable one meter per second.

“We’re really focused on having an accurate, robust machine that can do big parts really quickly and reliably, over and over again,” said Clay Guillory, Titan founder and  CEO, adding, “Our customers want something they can trust…they can’t afford to waste two weeks of print time on a really large, mission critical part.”

The new line of Titan 3D printers utilizes Yaskawa’s servo systems and machine controllers, components more commonly found in the world of high end automated factory equipment. Real-time feedback and automatic monitoring features are then enabled through Titan’s unique interface, giving the operator increased control and repeatability in 3D printing.

“I think this is a sign that we’re seeing the industry rise to the next stage in its development,” said Kevin Barker, Director of Sales for Yaskawa’s Motion division. “We’re seeing companies like Titan enter the top tier of the business. More of the producers who started at the hobbyist end of the industry are stepping up to create products that outperform the high-cost competitors who once set the standard in this technology.”

Atlas Pellet Extrusion

Enclosed Atlas with Pellet Extrusion at RAPID 2018

Titan’s revolutionary pellet extrusion technology will also be front and center at RAPID on multiple platforms at the expo, in addition to the enclosed Atlas Pellet Extrusion system at Titan’s booth (1830).

Taking center stage in the arena, Titan’s pellet extrusion system helped to create a dazzling display as the backdrop for RAPID’s keynote speakers. A series of 3D printed hexagons can be seen on each side of the stage, which light up in an elaborate projection mapped display. The 75 hexagons were fabricated using pellet extrusion on Titan’s Atlas 3D printer and the design and display put together by Go West Creative.

3D Printed Stage

3D Printed Hexagon Stage Backdrop

At the 3D Printing Playground, Titan’s collaboration with visual merchandising giant Fusion Specialties fuses Additive Manufacturing with fashion design. Six unique mannequin displays blend Titan’s colorful pellet extrusion 3D printing with traditional filament extrusion, to create a one-of-a-kind platform to display 3D printed fashion pieces. Fusion created the designs for the six hybrid mannequins, creating a distinct look that can only be achieved through 3D printing.

3D Printed Mannequin

3D Printed Mannequin at RAPID 2018

This year will be the largest event yet for Titan Robotics, with two advanced Additive Manufacturing Solutions on display, as well as Yaskawa representatives on hand at the booth to discuss the cooperative efforts and technology implemented in the new high speed, intelligent 3D printer

 

Please contact Maddie Guillory for more information and media opportunities: 972-333-6323 or maddie@titan3drobotics.co

About Titan Robotics

Titan Robotics™ designs and fabricates purpose built 3D printers, and provides solutions to its customers by developing processes using Titan’s additive manufacturing technology. 3D printers will power the factories of the future and Titan is meeting those needs by providing production ready additive manufacturing systems. Specializing in direct pellet fed 3D printing and high flow filament 3D printing, Titan’s large-format systems enable the use of engineering grade and commodity materials.

Founded by Mechanical Engineer Clay Guillory in 2014, Titan Robotics fabricates every 3D printer using the highest quality components, control systems and precision machined American-made steel at its facility in Colorado Springs, CO.

07
Sep

Titan Robotics Bringing Large-Format 3D Printing to Foundry in West Africa

One of the largest foundries in West Africa is driving innovation and economic growth in the region by utilizing Titan Robotics’ large-format 3D printer, the Atlas. The application is using 3D printing to create patterns for metal casting. This past summer, Titan Robotics Founder and CEO Clay Guillory traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, to install the largest known 3D printer in West Africa at Nigerian Foundries Limited (NFL).

NFL first contacted Titan Robotics in the Fall of 2016 with the desire to improve their processes and expand their capabilities as a foundry. Encouraged by Titan’s video on 3D printing and pattern making, NFL owner Vassily Barberopoulos and his colleagues were ready to take the leap into additive manufacturing.

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Staff at Nigerian Foundries Limited print patterns on the Atlas 3D printer.

“It is the future of manufacturing worldwide,” Vassily says of 3D printing.

And the future, says Vassily, is full of opportunity for not just his business but also his country. It has been his life’s mission to build the family business and bring economic growth to Nigeria. The Barberopoulos family started NFL in 1969 as a small grey iron foundry, making municipal castings and water pipeline fittings. Now NFL has grown to become the largest ferrous foundry in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Currently two NFL plants serve multiple industries such as oil and gas, construction, marine shipping, mines and mineral processing and much more.

“This is a big thing for us, because right now in Nigeria we’re at the stage where local content is very important,” said Vassily.

Using 3D printing to create higher quality and more cost effective patterns means NFL will be able to continue to expand its offerings to industries in Nigeria and globally. Traditionally, foundries like NFL carve patterns and tooling out of wood by hand. Vassily explained that this method takes them over a month, from the design to creating the wooden pattern and then casting it. But with 3D printing on the Atlas, that time is reduced by more than half.

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NFL employee prepares the 3D printed pattern for sand casting.

Vassily said, “For us, it’s an important aspect because it means for most castings that we can print, we could actually make a pattern within 48 hours and be in production and have a product within a week out, something that would normally take us a month and a half.”

NFL’s work with 3D printing is also part of a nationwide initiative to foster economic growth and innovation in Nigeria, called the Nigerian Local Content Act. Vassily explained that 3D printing patterns on the Atlas enables the foundry to fabricate better and more complex patterns, making NFL a more competitive company internationally.

Vassily says the goal is to create local goods that meet international standards and are ready for market in a timely manner, something most foundries in West Africa have not been able to do yet.

3D Printed pattern Nigerian Foundries Africa

NFL staff mount first 3D printed pattern for casting.

“So we are looking at going with 3D printing at a much higher level of castings and producing castings for the oil and gas industry, in particular like valves and pump housings and impellers and such things which before would be very difficult for us to actually make the patterns and be able to go through the trouble shooting,” he said. “Now it is within reach.”

And Titan Robotics is proud to be a part of that progress through its work with NFL.

“I think it has a lot of potential here, this country is very hungry for learning and very hungry for opportunity,” said Titan CEO Clay Guillory. “People are ready to compete on a global scale here, that’s one thing I took away from Nigeria is this place has a lot offer and it’s an up and coming country.”

Titan Robotics Nigerian Foundries Africa

Titan CEO Clay Guillory with NFL engineers and staff.

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Bringing Large-Format 3D Printing to West Africa