Tag: American Foundry Society

11
May

A Solution for Foundry: Customer Highlight & CastExpo

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.

The Challenge

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 extensive machining.

The Solution

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 Pattern
3D Printed Pattern by PSSI. Dimensions 22″x17″x14″

Case Study

3D Printed Pattern

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 Pattern

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.

Sanding and Painting of 3D Printed Pump Body
Sanding and Painting of 3D Printed Core
Final 3D Printed Pattern ready for casting. Dimension 22″x17″x14″

Customer Conclusions and Value

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.

CastExpo 2019

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.


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.