Tag: CEO

07
Sep

Titan Robotics Bringing Large-Format 3D Printing to Foundry in West Africa

One of the largest foundries in West Africa is driving innovation and economic growth in the region by utilizing Titan Robotics’ large-format 3D printer, the Atlas. The application is using 3D printing to create patterns for metal casting. This past summer, Titan Robotics Founder and CEO Clay Guillory traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, to install the largest known 3D printer in West Africa at Nigerian Foundries Limited (NFL).

NFL first contacted Titan Robotics in the Fall of 2016 with the desire to improve their processes and expand their capabilities as a foundry. Encouraged by Titan’s video on 3D printing and pattern making, NFL owner Vassily Barberopoulos and his colleagues were ready to take the leap into additive manufacturing.

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Staff at Nigerian Foundries Limited print patterns on the Atlas 3D printer.

“It is the future of manufacturing worldwide,” Vassily says of 3D printing.

And the future, says Vassily, is full of opportunity for not just his business but also his country. It has been his life’s mission to build the family business and bring economic growth to Nigeria. The Barberopoulos family started NFL in 1969 as a small grey iron foundry, making municipal castings and water pipeline fittings. Now NFL has grown to become the largest ferrous foundry in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Currently two NFL plants serve multiple industries such as oil and gas, construction, marine shipping, mines and mineral processing and much more.

“This is a big thing for us, because right now in Nigeria we’re at the stage where local content is very important,” said Vassily.

Using 3D printing to create higher quality and more cost effective patterns means NFL will be able to continue to expand its offerings to industries in Nigeria and globally. Traditionally, foundries like NFL carve patterns and tooling out of wood by hand. Vassily explained that this method takes them over a month, from the design to creating the wooden pattern and then casting it. But with 3D printing on the Atlas, that time is reduced by more than half.

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NFL employee prepares the 3D printed pattern for sand casting.

Vassily said, “For us, it’s an important aspect because it means for most castings that we can print, we could actually make a pattern within 48 hours and be in production and have a product within a week out, something that would normally take us a month and a half.”

NFL’s work with 3D printing is also part of a nationwide initiative to foster economic growth and innovation in Nigeria, called the Nigerian Local Content Act. Vassily explained that 3D printing patterns on the Atlas enables the foundry to fabricate better and more complex patterns, making NFL a more competitive company internationally.

Vassily says the goal is to create local goods that meet international standards and are ready for market in a timely manner, something most foundries in West Africa have not been able to do yet.

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NFL staff mount first 3D printed pattern for casting.

“So we are looking at going with 3D printing at a much higher level of castings and producing castings for the oil and gas industry, in particular like valves and pump housings and impellers and such things which before would be very difficult for us to actually make the patterns and be able to go through the trouble shooting,” he said. “Now it is within reach.”

And Titan Robotics is proud to be a part of that progress through its work with NFL.

“I think it has a lot of potential here, this country is very hungry for learning and very hungry for opportunity,” said Titan CEO Clay Guillory. “People are ready to compete on a global scale here, that’s one thing I took away from Nigeria is this place has a lot offer and it’s an up and coming country.”

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Titan CEO Clay Guillory with NFL engineers and staff.

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Bringing Large-Format 3D Printing to West Africa

21
Oct

Sharing 3D Printing with the Community

While 3D printing has been around for quite some time, and has become more popular in the last few years, there are still many in the community who aren’t familiar with the technology and its practical applications.  Part of what we do here at Titan Robotics is expose new people to the disruptive technology of 3D printing and how it will be a game changer for so many industries.

Founder and CEO Clay Guillory speaking at TEDx Arena Circle

Founder and CEO Clay Guillory speaking at TEDx Arena Circle

Recently, founder and CEO Clay Guillory spoke to a group of several hundred people at the TEDx event at the University of Northern Colorado. His TEDx Talk was not only his story of getting involved in the 3D printing community, but what is next for the industry. Clay shared his experiences with the non-profit E-Nabling the Future by 3D printing prosthetic hands for children with missing limbs. Clay says that experience of helping others made him realize that 3D printing was his future and inspired him to build a career out of it.

TEDx Arena Circle 2016 Speakers

TEDx Arena Circle 2016 Speakers

The TEDx event allowed Titan Robotics to share with people how 3D printing isn’t just being used to make novelty items or small parts. Clay talked about Titan’s goals of using large-format 3D printing to design and fabricate full size prosthetics and adaptive devices, and how by improving speed and scale industries can manufacture parts at a much more affordable rate.

UCCS College of Business Forum at Titan Robotics

UCCS College of Business Forum at Titan Robotics

Titan Robotics also welcomed 40 students and their mentors from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business this Friday as part of their Career Coaching Program.  Students, mentors and faculty had the chance to tour Titan’s new facility and get an up close look at the manufacturing process.

It was a chance for community leaders and the next members of the work force to see how a start-up manufacturing company operates on a daily basis. From starting the company in his garage, to hiring on a full-time staff, Clay shared his story of being a young entrepreneur. Not to mention everyone enjoyed seeing all of the large 3D printers in action and the unique parts they create.

UCCS College of Business Students Tour at Titan Robotics

UCCS College of Business Students Tour at Titan Robotics

The Titan staff enjoyed hosting tours and a Q&A session with the UCCS group. Students and mentors asked great questions about the company and Titan’s business model, as well as how 3D printing will change manufacturing.

UCCS College of Business Tour at Titan Robotics

UCCS College of Business Tour at Titan Robotics

As an innovative company, Titan Robotics wants to expand its outreach beyond potential customers. Titan is an active member in the 3D printing community, from contributing new ideas to getting involved with people and organizations on a local level.

We believe it’s important to open up our doors and share what we’re doing with large-format 3D printers. It helps the 3D printing industry expand and inspires people to come up with new innovative ways to utilize large-format 3D printing.

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..

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/