The Titan Robotics team is back after an exciting week at the RAPID + TCT 2017 3D printing trade show in Pittsburgh. The annual show is the premier event for additive manufacturing technologies, with leaders in all areas of 3D printing gathering to unveil and discuss the latest advancements.
Titan Robotics garnered a lot of attention by showcasing two of our advanced hardware machines: The new pellet extrusion system for the Atlas and the multi-gantry Cronus.
The high flow-rate, large aperture pellet extruder was developed through a long standing partnership with Push Plastic, a leader in 3D printing filament production and advanced materials.
With over 35 years of injection molding and extrusion experience, Push Plastic designed and built the pellet extruder that is now being tested and executed on Titan Robotics’ large-format 3D printer model, the Atlas.
“Pellet extrusion systems are an exciting breakthrough in large scale 3D printing,” said Nick Booth, Owner of Push Plastic. “Because we have extensive knowledge in large-scale extrusion systems, it was a logical step for us to use our expertise to advance additive manufacturing technology.”
Pellet extrusion increases production speed of large parts, with flow rates during printing reaching 5 pounds per hour. This technology greatly expands the number of materials available to use in 3D printing, opening up opportunities for hundreds of injection-molding plastics to be used in additive manufacturing.
Titan Robotics has successfully printed in several advanced, pelletized-form materials that have previously not been successful in traditional filament 3D printing. These materials include polypropylene, glass-filled polycarbonate, polyethylene and recent successful field tests with the Chemson Group’s new AM/3DP specific PVC, 3DVinyl™.
“Being able to 3D print with PVC in both pellet and filament form opens up 3D printing to many industries that require a product that can withstand outdoor, harsh environments such as the oil and gas fields, agriculture and architecture,” said Titan Robotics Founder and CEO, Clay Guillory.
“When you’re trying to create something, the last thing you want to worry about is material cost. Now I just hit print and if I don’t like it I just print it again. It’s that fast and that affordable,” said Guillory.
Combined with better materials, faster print times and lower costs, Titan Robotics believes pellet extrusion will be ideal for a greater number of industrial and professional uses, including aerospace, prostheses, construction, metal casting, and the oil and gas industry.
The Titan Robotics multi-gantry Cronus was on display in the 3D Playground, demonstrating collaborative multi-head 3D printing technology. Powered by Autodesk® Netfabb®, the Cronus directs five print heads working together on a single print surface to fabricate large complex parts at advanced industrial speeds. The Cronus allows for the fabrication of large parts without sacrificing detail or time, and is capable of printing in high resolutions ranging from 0.1mm to 0.8mm layer heights.
“At Titan Robotics, we’re always up for a challenge. That’s why we took on this project and built the Cronus, to take 3D printing to the next level and make large scale, high detail parts a reality by reducing the time it takes to make them,” stated Guillory.