Tag: 3D printing plastic

17
Nov

Titan Robotics and Jabil Collaborate on Engineered Materials for Large-Format Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Titan and Jabil validate new formulation for pellet extrusion on Titan Atlas printers

November 17, 2020  – Titan Robotics, Ltd. today announced a strategic collaboration with Jabil Inc. to accelerate the adoption of large-format, industrial additive manufacturing. Jabil Engineered Materials, a unit of Jabil, which develops innovative polymer formulations and compounds at its ISO 9001 Materials Innovation Center, is working with Titan to qualify and integrate customized materials for use on Titan’s pellet-based Atlas 3D printers.

Together, the companies are driving the production of large-format tooling for applications in, sheet metal forming, composite layups, welding fixtures, molding, casting patterns and end-use parts on Titan Atlas printers to meet a growing need for increased part strength and faster printing speeds. Jabil’s specialized materials science expertise, combined with Titan’s robust printing performance, are ideally suited for addressing the growing list of rigorous industrial, as well as demanding medical, defense and aerospace applications.   

“Titan and Jabil are fulfilling a joint mission to move additive manufacturing into serial production and advanced manufacturing,” said Titan Robotics Partner and CTO, Bill Macy. “By choosing Jabil’s engineered materials customized for applications with high-throughput pellet printing on the Atlas, we can help customers reduce costs, create products with mass customization, reduce cycle times and innovate quickly.”

Titan and Jabil have tested and validated new pellet formulations of Jabil’s carbon fiber reinforced nylon materials, which are designed to produce stronger, lighter and more flexible parts. “Jabil takes a polymer science approach to developing engineered materials,” said Matt Torosian, director of additive product management at Jabil. “All of our materials are designed exclusively for additive manufacturing, so Titan receives pellets that embody all the necessary attributes to optimize performance and reliability.”

The collaboration between Titan Robotics and Jabil gives customers greater choices from a wide variety of high-performance pellet materials as well as the opportunity to create custom compounds to address specific requirements. By teaming, both organizations also offer an intermediate yet vital step to validate materials and part designs before customers print extremely large and costly, high-end final parts.

As an authorized distributor of Jabil’s 3D printing pellet materials, Titan will support Jabil’s ongoing development of new material formulations for pellet extrusion 3D printing on the Atlas platform.

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 order of magnitude material cost savings 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.

The combination of reduced feedstock cost and faster print speeds provides reduced operational costs and faster cycle times with organic capacity.

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. Learn more at Titan’s website: www.titan3drobotics.com

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10
Nov

Introducing the New Atlas 3.6 3D Printer with 6 Feet Build Height

Titan expands its Atlas line of industrial 3D printers featuring Dual Pellet and Hybrid Pellet + Filament Extrusion Options

Formnext November 10, 2020

Colorado Springs, CO – Titan Robotics, Ltd. is bringing industrial large-format 3D printing to greater heights with the launch of its largest system, the Atlas 3.6. With a build volume of 50”x50”x72”, the Atlas 3.6 is one of the largest production additive manufacturing systems on the market with state-of-the-art pellet extrusion technology  and an actively heated enclosure , enabling customers to print large parts out of high-performance materials including CF-PEI, GF-PEKK, nylons, ABS and more.

The robust Atlas 3.6 is designed to handle the additional weight and size of the machine, making it compatible with Titan’s Dual Pellet Extrusion and Hybrid Pellet + Filament Extrusion systems. Built with a heavy-duty, rigid design and powerful components, the Atlas 3.6 can maintain accuracy and fast rapid travel speeds with the larger print area.

Atlas 3.6 3D Printer
Atlas 3.6 with Industrial Heated Enclosure

“When several of Titan’s industrial customers began requesting larger custom Atlas machines to meet their production needs, Titan began innovating to provide a robust solution to meet that need,” said Titan Robotics Partner, Rahul Kasat. “With our team of engineers, manufacturing experts and our extensive experience in providing production additive manufacturing solutions, the development of the Atlas 3.6 further enables printing large parts at lower cost reliably using large-format industrial 3D printing. With this large build size, customers can now print large parts as is without worrying about slicing it in multiple sections for printing and trying to assemble it post-printing.”

Titan’s industrial customers are utilizing the Atlas 3.6 across several industries, including aerospace and defense, consumer appliances, foundry and more. With an actively heated chamber reaching 80C and several extrusion configuration options, including Dual Pellet and Hybrid Pellet + Filament, the Atlas 3.6 provides solutions across a wide range of applications, from large-format tooling, patterns and molds, to functional parts.

Atlas 3.6 Printed part
72″ ABS Pellet Printed Part

The Atlas 3.6 is immediately commercially available with extrusion configurations including Dual Pellet Extrusion, Hybrid Dual Pellet + Filament Extrusion, Hybrid Single Pellet + Filament Extrusion, and Single Pellet Extrusion. As a production additive manufacturing system, the Atlas 3.6 features an actively heated chamber, door safety interlocks and industrial CNC control system with closed loop servos on all axes.

Contact Titan’s production additive manufacturing experts to learn more about the Atlas 3.6.

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.

The combination of reduced feedstock cost and faster print speeds provides reduced operational costs and faster cycle times with organic capacity

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. Learn more at Titan’s website: www.titan3drobotics.com

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Maddie Guillory LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/10037660
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Cell: 972-333-6323 Instagram: www.instagram.com/titan3drobotics
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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.

polypropylene pellets
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.