Company Profile: Titan Robotics
December 10, 2015
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In 2013, Clay Guillory read an article about 3D printing being used to construct buildings and was fascinated. The mechanical engineer was working at Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), a designer and manufacturer of 3- and 5-axis CNC machining centers. “It made me think about applying linear motion technology to 3D printing,” he says. He was in his garage, designing his own heavy-duty, steel-welded, precision-machined 3D printers by 2014.
Guillory founded Titan Robotics while still working at DMS, but left to pursue his work at Titan full time in May of 2015. Today, as founder and CEO of Titan Robotics, Guillory has moved out of the garage and leads a small team in Colorado Springs, CO, that designs, manufactures, markets and installs two industrial plastic extrusion 3D printers: The Hyperion and The Atlas.
The Hyperion 3D printer has a base build space of 20x18x22-in. The fully enclosed 3D printer has a heated build plate and an extruder capable of printing 1.75mm or 3mm plastics. The larger Atlas 3D printers has a standard build space of 30x30x45 in. Both 3D printers are accurate to within +/- 0.03 in. and use open source plastics and controllers to keep costs low, Guillory says. For example, the Atlas base model costs $20,000, including two days of installation labor, a year warranty and unlimited customer service via phone. Components necessary for ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) 3D printing are available as add-on options, as is a dual extruder.
The company custom builds its 3D printers for clients, including the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center that Guillory says has been running its Atlas 24/7 since it was installed in February, and Titan Robotics' latest install at We Are Rocket Science (WARS), a creative design and fabrication studio in Brooklyn.
“We'll build whatever the customer wants,” Guillory says. “The smallest 3D printer we've built was 30x30x45-in. and I’ve quoted out 8x8x6 ft. machines.”
Prosthetics and Partnerships
Titan Robotics is a 3D Hub for the Denver area. As Desktop Engineering reported in “3D Printing at Your Door,” 3D Hubs' goal is to bring people in need of 3D printing together with 3D printer owners via decentralized, local manufacturing. Users can log into 3D Hubs and request a print from Titan Robotics. The company's job shop also provides 3D printed samples to customers. Titan Robotics' site even includes a live feed of its 3D printers in action.
Some of those live prints are of prosthetics. One of Guillory's first partnerships was with e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers who use 3D printing to create prosthetic hands and arms for those in need. Read about Titan Robotics' work with e-NABLE here, and Rapid Ready Tech's previous coverage here. Titan Robotics also does other work in the prosthetics field, including working with Paralympic athletes. In fact, Titan Robotics employee Allison Jones is a mechanical engineer and Paralympic gold medalist. Jones, a two-sport athlete in Para Alpine Skiing and Para Cycling, is preparing for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro while helping to develop a prosthetics and orthotics division at Titan Robotics.
Get a close-up look at The Atlas:
See how Titan Robotics' 3D printers are used at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center:
Sources: Titan Robotics website and interviews.
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Jamie Gooch is the former editorial director of Digital Engineering.Follow DE