Tag: manufacture

07
Jan

Titan Robotics Unveils the Cronus at CES 2017

Titan Robotics, a leading manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, introduces the next generation of 3D printing hardware, the Cronus, a multi-gantry 3D printer that uses five print heads working together on a single part. Titan Robotics began building the first commercial multi-head machine using Autodesk’s Project Escher technology in 2016. The technology that originally came from Project Escher intelligently distributes tool paths between multiple print heads working in unison on a single printer and is now a part of the company’s additive manufacturing software, Autodesk® Netfabb®.

Cronus

Titan Robotics will officially unveil the Cronus at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 5 – 9, 2017 (Booth 42441) where show attendees will be able to see the breakthrough technology in action. Combined with Autodesk Netfabb’s collaborative multi-head 3D printing technology, the Cronus provides a groundbreaking new solution for the additive manufacturing industry, allowing users to 3D print industrial scale parts at higher speeds and with greater detail than with traditional single-head 3D printing.

“It’s really exciting to upend what has been traditionally been regarded as a desktop prototyping technology and show that it’s a powerful way to make large parts – such as molds and fixtures – out of high performance materials,” said Andreas Bastian, Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk.

Ball screws and servo motors

Titan Robotics uses its proven concepts and technology to minimize any compromise to detail or accuracy when printing large, complex parts on the Cronus. When printing on a large scale, Titan Robotics knows precision, rigidity and durability of the machine are crucial to ensure a successful print. That is why the foundation of the Cronus is a welded steel, precision machined frame fitted with the highest quality components, such as 16mm ballscrews, profiled linear rails and Yaskawa servo motors.

“At Titan Robotics, we know what it takes to make a truly industrial large-format 3D printer,” said Titan Robotics Founder and CEO, Clay Guillory. “This collaborative control technology is going to change everything we know about 3D printing and CNC manufacturing.”

A versatile design allows the Cronus to be fitted with various types of tool heads for subtractive and additive manufacturing, including pellet extruders to allow for extremely fast fabrication of large parts at 5 lbs/hour per print head.

The Cronus has a standard build volume of 72x30x20 inches, but can be customized to a customer’s needs. While open air printing is possible for PLA and PETG, the Cronus is also available with a fully heated enclosure to allow for use with higher temperature plastics such as ABS, PC+PBT and other polycarbonate blends.

“Machines running collaborative multi-head 3D printing technology require a higher level of precision than is typical of large format deposition systems. This is why we’re excited to use the Cronus as an ongoing development platform,” said Bastian of the Cronus.

The Cronus will be available for commercial sale February 2017, for more information email info@titan3drobotics.com.

Multi-gantry design

 About Titan Robotics

Titan Robotics is a leader in manufacturing large-format, custom 3D printers that are built to lasT. Founded by mechanical engineer Clay Guillory in 2014, Titan fabricates every 3D printer using the highest quality components and precision machined American-made steel at its facility in Colorado Springs, Co. Titan’s flagship industrial 3D printer, the Atlas, is one of the largest FFF 3D printers on the market, with build volumes up to 42x42x48 inches, and can reliably print in high temperature plastics thanks to an industrial heated enclosure. More at www.Titan3DRobotics.com

08
Dec

Titan Robotics Unveils the Improved Hyperion Design

In pursuit of our mission to provide the highest quality large-format 3D printers on the market, the Titan team is excited to unveil the improved Hyperion design. The first thing you’ll notice, the new Hyperion is larger than the previous model, with a build volume of 24 x 24 x 24 inches. The frame is now a heavy duty welded steel frame that is precision machined to provide a solid foundation for the printer, with a custom sheet metal heated enclosure to allow for reliable prints in high temperature plastics.

The Hyperion

The Hyperion still maintains the overhead gantry, core XY design, but we have upgraded to the stronger 15mm GT3 belts. The Z axis is still driven by 16mm direct drive ballscrews. As with all of our machines, the Hyperion comes with the option to upgrade to Yaskawa closed loop servo motors as opposed to all stepper motors. With all of these improvements, the Titan team has verified rapid travel speed up to 1,500mm/second on the Hyperion.

Heated Build Chamber

Titan has also made improvements to the heated bed by now offering a vacuum plenum for the polycarbonate surface and an auto bed leveling system. The build plate itself remains a precision machined aluminum plate that can be heated to 175C. With the heated bed and heated build chamber, the Hyperion can reliably print in most FFF style materials, such as ABS, PLA, PETG, Nylon, PC+PBT, HIPS and carbon fiber filled filaments.

Dual Extrusion

Another upgrade to the new Hyperion design is a wipe system for the dual extrusion option.  Titan continues to use the Bulldog XL extruder on the Hyperion, but now offer the E3D V6 or E3D Volcano hot end for smoother prints or faster prints. We have found the E3D V6 to be effective in printing high resolution parts. And when it comes to large parts that need to be printed fast, the E3D Volcano is the right hot end for the job with nozzles ranging from .4mm-1.2mm

The Hyperion is Titan Robotics’ answer to affordable large-format 3D printing, ideal for businesses of all sizes to improve their manufacturing processes through additive manufacturing. For more information or to request a quote on the Hyperion, please contact us at info@titan3drobotics.com.

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.

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.

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..

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

How Large 3D Printers are Shaking Up the Manufacturing Industry

3D Printing is moving past the “what is it stage?” as more people are becoming familiar with the technology and using it in manufacturing. The recent movement in the industry hasn’t come from the large 3D printer manufacturers such as 3D Systems or Stratasys, but instead from small, local innovators who are driving the change to a more open and inclusive environment. The walls are continuing to be broken down by companies like The 3D Printing Store® and Titan Robotics®.Continue Reading..

14
Sep

How Titan Robotics Makes Large Format 3D Printers Accurate Within +-.003 in.

Quality Process

We wanted to give you an in-depth look into why our large format 3D printers are so accurate, consistently within +-.003 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..

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.

Atlas

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..