Titan Robotics would like to take a minute to thank and highlight Titan’s global network of customers and partners who are helping healthcare workers in their communities by 3D printing personal protective equipment (PPE). As designs were validated for 3D printable face shields, nearly a dozen of Titan’s customers across the US and Mexico jumped into action, responding to the shortage of PPE due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One amazing example of innovation and community
support can be found in Morelia, MX, where Titan customer PSSI shifted their
operations from printing foundry patterns to face shields. To date, PSSI has
printed approximately 1,400 face shields to provide their community and local
hospitals. Using pellet extrusion on their Atlas 3D printer, the team at PSSI
reduced print times down to just 3 minutes per face shield head band, enabling
them to quickly and affordably get these much needed parts into the hands of
those who need them most.
And just outside of Dallas, TX, Titan customer Triumph Group optimized their large format Atlas 3D printer with filament extrusion to print more than 2,500 face shields for the Dallas VA Hospital and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. The team at Triumph maximized the large print bed and large nozzle diameters to reduce print time by 90% to more quickly produce the face shields.
“I optimized the face shield head bands designs to leverage Titan’s large extrusion width so a continuous vase tool path could be used. This improved the quality and speed of the prints. I was able to achieve a 90% print time reduction,” said Innovation and Technology Engineer John Hannappel in an email to Titan regarding Triumph’s PPE printing efforts.
The Titan team thanks our incredible customers who are
utilizing industrial additive manufacturing to 3D print PPE for healthcare
workers during this pandemic, providing their communities with thousands of
face shields to keep them safe.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado Springs, CO – Titan Robotics is honored to be named the 2019 Company of the Year at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC 2019 Annual Gala, held Saturday, November 9, 2019.
As one of the fastest growing companies in the Colorado Springs area, Titan Robotics was recognized for its significant impact on the advanced manufacturing industry, its rapid growth and expansion, and engagement in the local business community.
“We are honored to be the 2019 Company of the Year! This kind of recognition is possible because of the amazing team we have at Titan, our outstanding customers and a business community that supports us and believes in us,” said Titan Robotics CMO, Maddie Guillory.
Every year the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Center (EDC) recognizes and celebrates the remarkable achievements of companies and entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs. Company of the Year is awarded to a business that has made a significant impact on its industry, performed extraordinary work on a project or continuing program, and is a leader in employee satisfaction and community engagement.
As Titan Robotics expands into its new 21,400 square foot facility in Colorado Springs this month, the company is growing its highly skilled team and creating new jobs in the area. This expansion will also enable Titan to increase its capacity to manufacture its state-of-the-art large format 3D printers and grow its 3D printing service bureau capabilities.
As part of its growth plan, Titan is also making debut in the European market this year by attending Formnext for the first time. Formnext is the top European 3D Printing trade show, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, November 19-23, 2019. Titan Robotics is excited to be an exhibitor representing American-made products as part of the USA Pavilion at Formnext.
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.
“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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 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 hereand visit Titan Robotics at Booth 78! (Early registration pricing ends March 2, 2019)
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.
Titan 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 here. And come visit Titan Robotics at Booth 2818!
This will be Titan’s biggest year yet at RAPID+TCT, the 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!
This 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!
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 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.
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.
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!