Tag: pellet extruder

20
May

Titan Robotics Debuts Atlas-H 3D Printer with Dual Pellet Extruders at RAPID+TCT 2019

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.

Dual Pellet Extrusion Atlas-H
Dual Pellet Extruders on the new Atlas-H

“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.

Carbon Fiber ABS Pellets
ABS Pellets reinforced with Carbon Fiber

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.

Atlas-H Dual Pellet Extrusion
The Atlas-H with Dual Extruders and Heated Enclosure

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).

Atlas 2.5 enclosure

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.

16
May

Titan Robotics Conducting Live Printing of New and Unique Materials on Two Atlas 3D Printers at Rapid + TCT

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 functional parts.

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

DuPont™ Logo

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.

Zytel(R) Pellets
Zytel® Pellets with 30% Glass Fiber Reinforcement from DuPont

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.

Hytrel(R) Pellets
Hytrel® Pellets from DuPont

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.

AquaSys(R) 120 Water Soluble Pellets
Infinite® Material Solutions AquaSys® 120 Water Soluble Pellets

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.

AquaSys(R) High Temperature test pellets
Infinite® Material Solutions: AquaSys® High Temperature Water Soluble test pellets

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.

ABS Pellets with 15% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement
ABS with 15% Carbon Fiber Reinforcement pellets from Push Plastic

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

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.


14
Mar

Titan Collaborates with Global Material Suppliers for Live Printing of High-Performance Materials at AMUG 2019

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.

AMUG logo

Printing Schedule During AMUG Expo

Sunday, March 31, 5pm – 9pm: Arkema’s Kepstan® PEKK

Kepstan® PEKK
Kepstan® PEKK by Arkema

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.

Monday, April 1, 10am – 2pm: NatureWorks’ Custom Ingeo™ PLA for Additive Manufacturing

Ingeo™ PLA
Ingeo™ recycled PLA pellets & Ingeo™ 3D450 breakaway filament by NatureWorks

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.

Monday, April 1, 5pm – 9pm: DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET

DuPont™ Hytrel®
DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET 3D printing material

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.

Please stop by Titan’s exhibit booth, #78, at the AMUG conference and Expo at the Hilton Chicago, March 31 – April 1, 2019.

Kepstan® is a registered trademark of Arkema

Ingeo™ is a registered trademark of NatureWorks

Hytrel® is a registered trademark of DuPont™

05
Feb

Our Biggest Year Yet: Titan Robotics Gears Up for 2019 Expos

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.


AMUG logo2019 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 here and visit Titan Robotics at Booth 78! (Early registration pricing ends March 2, 2019)



cast expo

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.

3D Printed PatternTitan 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 hereAnd come visit Titan Robotics at Booth 2818!


Rapid + TCTThis will be Titan’s biggest year yet at RAPID+TCTthe 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!

Atlas 2.5 enclosureThis 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!

29
Oct

Titan Robotics Discusses Importance of Additive Manufacturing with U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn

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 at Titan

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.

Atlas Demonstration

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.

Lamborn Titan Visit

Titan Robotics CCO Rahul Kasat discusses Titan’s technology with Rep. Lamborn

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!

 

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.

25
Apr

Titan Robotics Debuts Faster, More Reliable 3D Printers at RAPID + TCT 2018

 

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.

Video: Custom Titan Atlas 3D Printer powered by Yaskawa

Titan Robotics Pellet Extrusion on the Atlas 3D Printer

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

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.”

Atlas Pellet Extrusion

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 Stage

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

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

 

Please contact Maddie Guillory for more information and media opportunities: 972-333-6323 or maddie@titan3drobotics.co

About Titan Robotics

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.

16
May

Titan’s Faster 3D Printing Highlight of RAPID 2017

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.

Cronus at 2017 RAPID

Titan Robotics’ Cronus showcased in 3D Playground of 2017 RAPID + TCT Event

Titan Robotics’ booth at 2017 RAPID + TCT Event

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.”

Watch Titan Robotics’ Video on Pellet Extrusion

Pellet extruder

Faster print times with pellet extrusion

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.

Pellets

Low cost plastic pellets for 3D printing

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.

Pellet extrusion on Atlas 2.5In addition to the implementation of advanced thermoplastics, pellet 3D printing has the advantage of lower material costs. Plastic pellets range in cost from $1.50 to $6 per pound, compared to filament costs averaging $10 to $20 per pound.

“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.

Read the latest news on Titan Robotics at 2017 RAPID + TCT

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.

Cronus

Multi-head 3D printing on the Cronus at RAPID

07
Oct

Pellet Extrusion 3D Printing on the Atlas

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Pellet extrusion system mounted on the Atlas

In the age of large scale FDM 3D printing, there are a number of limitations with typical filament extrusion systems. By incorporating an extrusion system that extrudes directly from plastic resin instead of filament, a number of these limitations can be avoided. 3D printing with plastic pellets has several benefits which include faster print times and lower cost. Titan Robotics recently partnered with Push Plastic to design and build a pellet extruder that fits on Titan’s flag ship large-format 3D printer, the Atlas. (See video below)Push Plastic logo

 

By eliminating part of the manufacturing process, the price to print parts can be much more affordable.

Instead of melting down plastic pellets and extruding it into filament, the pellets are melted and extruded directly onto the 3D printer bed. Consider this, 1kg of filament can cost anywhere from $20 to $30, but the same amount of plastic in pellet form costs $2 to $5 and are widely available.

Another advantage is speed. Speed can be a limiting factor when 3D printing large objects. When strength and speed of production are of utmost importance, pellet 3D printing is the best solution. Pellet extrusion can push plastic three times faster than high volume filament extrusion. At Titan Robotics, we’ve achieved flow rates of 5 lbs per hour with a 3mm nozzle and feed rates of 7,000 mm a minute with 1 mm nozzle. With further modifications, we hope to increase the flow rate up to six or seven pounds per hour. Compared to filament extrusion, you’d be lucky to reach a flow rate of 7 lbs over an entire day.

Titan Robotics is also pushing the envelope of pellet 3D printing by using a heated enclosure with the extrusion system.

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Flow rate of 5 lbs per hour

Most pellet extrusion systems are open air which limits them to materials that do not warp or that are highly filled with carbon fiber. Titans pellet extruder will be able to print with high temp plastics such as unfilled ABS, and Polycarbonate resin. So far, open air test prints with PLA and HIPS resin proved to be extremely successful. Titan is currently working on optimizing printing in an enclosure with ABS and Polycarbonate.

So how did Titan do it? Thanks to Push Plastic, Titan was able to swap out a traditional filament extruder with the pellet extruder directly onto the Atlas.

Because the Atlas is a robustly designed machine, no other auxiliary equipment was needed to adapt the system for pellet extrusion.

This type of affordable pellet extrusion 3D printing is groundbreaking in the 3D printing industry. This 3D printing method is ideal for those looking to combine additive and subtractive manufacturing, where a part is quickly printed using a pellet extruder and then finished with a CNC machine.

For more information about the pellet extrusion system compatible with the Atlas, please contact us here.