Tag: Titan Robotics

07
Oct

Pellet Extrusion 3D Printing on the Atlas

Pellet ExtrusionIn 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.

13
Sep

Finding new partners in Foundry: Alliant Castings

We recently had the privilege of delivering and installing another fully enclosed Atlas 2.0 to a foundry in Minnesota, Alliant Castings. It’s a wonderful, family owned business that’s been around for decades and they’re looking to shake things up and by working with 3D printing to improve upon traditional foundry processes.

Alliant Castings estimates 3D printing will save half the cost and is three times faster than traditional pattern making processes.Continue Reading..

06
Sep

Titan Engineer Allison Jones Named Flag Bearer for Rio Paralympics

Allison flag bearerThe Titan Robotics team could not be more proud of our friend and colleague, Allison Jones, who has been selected as the Flag Bearer for Team U.S.A.  at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games! This will be Allison’s eighth Paralympics and we could not think of a more deserving person for such an honor. The Opening Ceremony will air Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm E.T. on NBCSN.Continue Reading..

16
Aug

Titan Robotics Engineers Help Paralympic Athletes Using 3D Printing

Titan Robotics is known for our industrial large-format 3D printers, but another arm of the business is helping others through 3D printing. 3D printing prosthetics for children and stability devices for athletes has proven to be revolutionary for people with a physical disability, especially athletes. Titan’s own Allison Jones, a mechanical engineer and Paralympic athlete, has a passion for using her skills as an engineer to develop new and innovative ways to use 3D printing to improve her own performance and the capabilities of others.Continue Reading..

29
Jul

Being a Young Entrepreneur: No One Said it Would be Easy

There is a saying that an entrepreneur will “work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks.” When I first started Titan Robotics in my garage two years ago, I don’t think I quite grasped that  idea, but it didn’t take long to figure it out.

1MC pic 2Lately, I’ve been asked to speak in the community about not only being an entrepreneur, but a young  founder of (so far) a successful startup company. Events, like 1 Million Cups, have been great opportunities to share Titan’s story, our vision and where we’re going in the future. But these events have also provided me a chance to face constructive criticism and questions, and receive helpful input along the way. That advice and community support has been vital for Titan since its inception, especially for a mechanical engineer who decided to start his own business at the age of 26.  I think for anyone venturing into entrepreneurship, especially young people, community support and mentors are key components.Continue Reading..

22
Jun

Titan Robotics Expanding to New Space

It’s an exciting time at Titan Robotics, as we continue to grow and expand our facility in Colorado Springs.  Titan just moved into a new building with 8,000 square feet that we can kick out in and still have room to grow. It’s a huge step for the company, and couldn’t have happened soon enough. Now we’re able to hire on more employees, adding to our growing team, and manufacture multiple machines at a time in the large industrial space.Continue Reading..

14
Sep

How Titan Robotics Makes Large Format 3D Printers Accurate

Quality Process

We wanted to give you an in-depth look into why our large format 3D printers are so accurate, consistently within +-.005 in accuracy each time they print. The reasons are fairly simple. The accuracy is due to the fact that our machines are built over the course of 200+ hours with the highest quality components, and with extreme precision. The proof is in our process which we have outlined below.Continue Reading..

09
Sep

CEO of Titan Robotics to Speak at Tedx in Loveland, CO

 

Clay Guillory, CEO of Titan Robotics will be speaking at the TEDx Arena Circle event in Loveland, Colorado at the Budweiser events center in front of 3,000 attendees. He will be presenting a TED talk on “How you can change the world with a 3D printer.” This talk will focus on open source collaboration and partnership with non-profit organizations which change people’s lives through 3D printing technology.

Please follow the link to purchase tickets or to learn more about the event and its outstanding speaker lineup.

http://tedxarenacircle.com/go/clay-guillory/

05
Jun

3D Printing a Robot: Meet Fred

Open source projects surround the maker community. Many brilliant people in this community have devoted their entire spare time to make their grandiose dreams become a reality. Some people have shared their passions with the internet with hopes of collaboration. The InMoov project is one of these dreams spearheaded by one man as well as the community he surrounded himself with. Gael Langevin was a sculptor by trade and wanted to create something more than a static human model. He dove head first into robotics with no prior experience and with the help of the open source community has made a moving, talking robot a reality. Many have followed in his footsteps, inspired by his work and take on the task of building a 3D printed robot.Continue Reading..

20
May

Titan Robotics Announces A New Large 3D Printer Called The Atlas

This large 3D printer changes the game with both its size and quality.

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Atlas

The world of large 3D printers is inundated with light duty, aluminum extrusion printers with inexpensive and inefficient components. That is all changing with the introduction of Titan Robotics’ custom, large 3D printer called The Atlas.Continue Reading..