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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.

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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.