Companies like Titan Robotics (Colorado Springs) are unveiling helpful new innovations for their users like the Atlas-H product line, featuring the Dual Pellet Extrusion System, including:
- Dual retracting pellet extruders
- Low-cost pellet feedstock as material
- Robust frame
- Industrial closed-loop motion control system
The new Atlas H 3D printer also offers:
- New industrial design
- Multiple extruder heads functioning on the same gantry
- Build volume of 42”x42”x48”
- Print speeds up to 30,000mm/minute
- Industrial controllers and servo drives on all axes
The Atlas H design also features a heated enclosure. According to the recent press release sent to 3DPrint.com by Titan, this means that significantly more materials can be used—whether the user requires flexibility or stiffness, or low-temperature commodity materials or high-temperature engineering thermoplastics.
“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.”
The pellets required for are not just affordable but offer cost savings ten times lower than typical feedstocks.
“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.
Industrial customers around the globe currently benefit from 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes via the Atlas line, which is suitable for applications such as:
- Manufacturing of end-use production parts
“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.”
Are you attending the RAPID conference this year? If so, check out Titan’s exhibit at Booth #527. They will be 3D printing live on the new Atlas-H Dual Pellet Extrusion 3D Printer, using multiple materials and demonstrating high print speeds. Attendees will also be able to see the flagship Atlas 2.5 3D Printer with Hybrid Pellet + Filament Extrusion 3D printer in action.
3D printing technology has expanded immensely just in the past few years, allowing researchers, designers, and engineers all over the world to create inexpensive, lightweight parts—and often in one step—with hardware featuring open print head technology, systems for printing multiple, complex materials, and even 4D printing with multiple metals on the desktop.
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Advanced materials company NatureWorks, headquartered in Minnesota and jointly owned by Cargill and chemical producer PTT Global Chemical in Thailand, is the world’s leading manufacturer of Ingeo material, a PLA biopolymer. Much of the PLA used in 3D printing comes from Natureworks. Valued due to their unique functional properties, Ingeo materials are used in multiple products, ranging from coffee capsules and tea bags to appliances, industrial tools and jigs, and 3D printing filament. Now, the company announced its latest PLA grade – an Ingeo formulation meant to reduce problems with breakaway 3D printing support material on dual extrusion systems.
Ingeo 3D450 provides a clean, fast mechanical breakaway of support structures, which leads to professional parts made with high precision and finish quality. The material also helps ensure an improvement in productivity, and a decrease in post-processing time as well.
“There was a significant reduction in part cleaning times, about 10 times faster than using PLA supports. 3D450 prints faster than soluble support materials,” stated Voodoo Manufacturing, one of several partners that are beta testing the new Ingeo grade for NatureWorks. “Additionally, we have been able to lower the support roof to model spacing, which results in better bottom-part quality.”
The new break-away material formulation was designed to work with the Ingeo 3D series of grades that the company developed for the professional 3D printing market, such as 3D850 and 3D870. Ingeo 3D450 can print and cool with no signs of warping, at 3D printing speeds of up to 100 mm per second, and even across larger sections of support structures, which is quite a feat.
“MatterHackers PRO Series Breakaway Support, using Ingeo 3D450, works well offering clean printed surfaces and clean breakaway material,” stated beta tester MatterHackers. “It is more convenient than other, dissolvable, support offerings. There was no residue on the hot-end, and we found no filament or printing issues.”
Ingeo 3D450 is able to decrease, and even eliminate, those pesky buildability and speed issues that can sometimes occur when you’re using water soluble support materials, such as high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). This new grade actually has a longer, more stable shelf life than these other materials, in addition to significantly less moisture sensitivity during the 3D printing process, and is also very compatible with large-format 3D printers.
In addition, because Ingeo 3D450 breakaway supports don’t need a solvent bath to be removed from a 3D printed part, users won’t need to worry about the typical size constraints when they need to submerse a build with PVA supports in the water. Having searched high and low in my kitchen cabinets a few months ago to find a container that was deep enough to completely submerge a tall eagle I’d printed with a lot of PVA support material, this sounds great to me.
“Our team liked the increased brittleness,” said Slant 3D, another beta tester. “It was easier to break through grid supports. It flowed smoothly and consistently.”
There are plenty of applications for NatureWorks’ new Ingeo 3D450 support material, including patterns for investment metal casting, complex industrial parts like fixtures, architectural and retail models, and the battery isolator cover that IC3D completed as a beta tester for the material.
IC3D said, “D450 printed perfectly flat. There was zero warping or bending.”
You can now purchase filament made with Ingeo 3D450 from 3D-Fuel and MatterHackers. NatureWorks, and its sales channel partners in the US, Europe, and Asia are selling resin in 25-kg and 750-kg quantities.
Next week at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in Chicago, Titan Robotics will be demonstrating the Ingeo 3D450 filament, made by 3D-Fuel, on its new Atlas hybrid filament and direct pellet extrusion printing system. The demonstration will take place on Monday, April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm at Titan’s booth #78.
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