Tag: industrial 3D printing

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.


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.

16
Mar

Connect with Titan Virtually after 3D Printing Events Cancelled

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to have an impact on a global scale, most opportunities to meet face-to-face and demonstrate technology at conferences and trade shows are being postponed. Just within the last week, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference was put off until March 2021, and the Rapid + TCT 3D printing event has been postponed until April 2021.

While AMUG and Rapid + TCT are the two premier 3D printing events in North America, the cancellations of these shows doesn’t mean would-be attendees have to miss out on connecting with Titan Robotics and experiencing the latest in Titan’s technology.

In the coming weeks, Titan will release new videos and presentations demonstrating our latest Atlas 3D printers and features. At Titan we’re always innovating and creating new solutions to bring additive manufacturing into the production environment. You’ll still have a chance to see our large-format, industrial Atlas 3D printers in action – just from the computer screen instead of on the trade show floor.

At AMUG 2020, Titan was slated to give a presentation highlighting industrial use cases using Titan’s pellet extrusion 3D printing technology. We still plan to release that presentation in a downloadable format in the weeks ahead.

Like most businesses around the world, Titan Robotics is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We’re taking extra precautions and have put a plan in place to keep our employees, customers and vendors safe during this outbreak. The health and well-being of the Titan team and their families is our top priority.

We know the cancellations of AMUG 2020 and Rapid + TCT 2020 were difficult decisions, but also the right decisions for the safety of the community and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are still looking forward to exhibiting at Formnext 2020 in Frankfurt Germany in November. And Titan will return as a Platinum Sponsor for AMUG 2021 and exhibit at Rapid + TCT 2021.