Colorado Springs, CO – Titan Robotics is honored to be named the 2019 Company of the Year at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC 2019 Annual Gala, held Saturday, November 9, 2019.
As one of the fastest growing companies in the Colorado Springs area, Titan Robotics was recognized for its significant impact on the advanced manufacturing industry, its rapid growth and expansion, and engagement in the local business community.
“We are honored to be the 2019 Company of the Year! This kind of recognition is possible because of the amazing team we have at Titan, our outstanding customers and a business community that supports us and believes in us,” said Titan Robotics CMO, Maddie Guillory.
Every year the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Center (EDC) recognizes and celebrates the remarkable achievements of companies and entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs. Company of the Year is awarded to a business that has made a significant impact on its industry, performed extraordinary work on a project or continuing program, and is a leader in employee satisfaction and community engagement.
As Titan Robotics expands into its new 21,400 square foot facility in Colorado Springs this month, the company is growing its highly skilled team and creating new jobs in the area. This expansion will also enable Titan to increase its capacity to manufacture its state-of-the-art large format 3D printers and grow its 3D printing service bureau capabilities.
As part of its growth plan, Titan is also making debut in the European market this year by attending Formnext for the first time. Formnext is the top European 3D Printing trade show, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, November 19-23, 2019. Titan Robotics is excited to be an exhibitor representing American-made products as part of the USA Pavilion at Formnext.
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.
“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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In Morelia, Mexico, one pattern shop is revolutionizing its business and the foundries it serves by utilizing Pellet Extrusion and Filament Extrusion 3D Printing on the Atlas. Proveedora de Servicios y Suministros Industriales (PSSI) is a leading pattern shop owned by the same group as Fundidora Morelia. PSSI specializes in manufacturing patterns for pumps, turbines, high-pressure valves and industrial parts.
PSSI’s traditional method of making large patterns
required cutting the pattern out of wood. This process was time consuming,
taking up to 8 weeks in some cases. Using wood feedstock was also costly,
sourcing expensive mahogany that was often not a uniform size that required
By utilizing 3D Printing on the Titan Atlas with both pellet and filament extrusion capabilities, PSSI was able to achieve shorter production times of the patterns, in some cases cutting the time in half. Affordable Pellet and filament feedstocks also eliminates the need to source expensive raw wood materials.
3D Printed Pump Body
Print Method: Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas
Print Setting: 2mm nozzle
Feedstock: ABS Pellets
Print Time: 10 Hrs (3 parts)
Material Weight: 31Lbs
Material Cost: $89
3D Printed Pump Core Box
Print Method: Pellet (red) and Filament (orange) Extrusion on the Atlas
Print Setting: 2mm nozzle (pellet) and 0.8mm nozzle (filament)
Feedstock: ABS Pellets, ABS Filament
Print Time: 20 Hrs (6 parts)
Material Weight: 25Lbs
Material Cost: $72
3D Printed Body and Core Box Post Processing
Sanding parts to reduce layer lines and apply for high-fill primer can take one to two weeks depending on size and number of parts. Once a smooth surface is achieved, a primer and mold release paint is applied. Patterns are ready for no-bake sand casting with total manufacture time at 3-4 weeks.
Production time to manufacture this Pump Body and Core Box Pattern was cut in half, reducing the process from 8 weeks using traditional methods down to 3-4 weeks using 3D printing on the Atlas. 3D printing also reduced raw material costs, with an estimated 15% – 20% Savings.
“Working with Titan has been the best decision we have made. We have improved in so many ways because of the flexibility (referring to pellet and filament extruders) and the speed the machine works with. We have won a lot of projects because of the efficiency of the machine. We can offer better delivery times with the same quality,” said Alonso Alvarez of PSSI.
Titan Robotics shared this case study from PSSI and brought large-format industrial polymer 3D printing to CastExpo for the first time this year, held in Atlanta from April 27 – 30, 2019. Occurring every three years, CastExpo is the largest North American gathering of the metalcasting supply chain companies. Exhibiting at CastExpo 2019 was a great opportunity 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 increasing return o investment.
CHICAGO, IL – Titan Robotics, Ltd. will showcase for the first time its state-of-the-art, industrial Hybrid Atlas 3D Printer with Pellet and Filament Extrusion capabilities at this year’s Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference. To demonstrate printing of production parts using high-performance materials on the Atlas 3D printer platform, Titan is excited to partner with three of the top chemical companies serving the Additive Manufacturing industry: Arkema Inc., DuPont™ and NatureWorks.
As a leader in advanced, production-ready AM machines and technology, Titan’s expertise continues to grow in both pellet extrusion 3D printing and high flow filament extrusion 3D printing. As a solution provider to industrial customers, Titan continues to partner with global materials companies to offer high-performance materials to make functional parts.
Titan will be printing with three unique materials on the Atlas 3D Printer during the AMUG Expo, March 31 and April 1. AMUG Expo attendees will have the opportunity to witness high speed printing of these materials from Arkema, DuPont™ and NatureWorks. Representatives from Titan and the material companies will be at the Titan booth to discuss printer capabilities, material properties and, customers’ application needs.
A high temperature, high
performance material, Kepstan® PEKK is an ideal material for production
applications due to its high strength, ease of processing, flame retardancy,
low outgassing, dielectric properties, and chemical resistance. Titan will
conduct live printing of Kepstan® PEKK with glass fiber in pellet form during
the first night of AMUG.
NatureWorks has developed a
series of Ingeo™ PLA 3D printing materials specifically designed to meet the
performance requirements of industrial-use parts including high strength, heat
resistance, and even clean incineration for foundry applications while
maintaining printability. Expanding this portfolio, NatureWorks has recently
introduced Ingeo 3D450, a breakaway material combining great printability and
tailored adhesion ideal for building with supports, with a clean breakaway that
minimizes the need for post-processing. Titan will conduct live printing with
these materials on its Atlas Hybrid Pellet + Filament Extrusion system while
also showcasing a proof-of-concept Ingeo polymer made from a blend of
post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials.
DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET 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. Titan will conduct live
printing of DuPont™ Hytrel® in pellet form during the second night of AMUG.
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.
2019 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 hereand visit Titan Robotics at Booth 78! (Early registration pricing ends March 2, 2019)
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.
Titan 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 here. And come visit Titan Robotics at Booth 2818!
This will be Titan’s biggest year yet at RAPID+TCT, the 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!
This 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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CEO Clay Guillory with NFL engineers and staff.