Additive Manufacturing

3d systems Plans To add extrusion technology with the Titan additive LLC acquisition

3d systems | February 25, 2022

3d systems Plans To add extrusion
On February 23, 3D Systems announced the acquisition of Titan Additive LLC (Titan Robotics), a Colorado-based designer and maker of large-format industrial 3D printers. Titan Robotics, as the world leader in pellet-based polymer extrusion additive manufacturing (AM) technology and the only manufacturer offering hybrid tool head configurations, delivers solutions to its clients by building application-specific processes utilizing Titan's proprietary AM technology. Through this purchase, 3D Systems will strengthen and broaden its range of polymer additive manufacturing solutions to target new applications in foundries, consumer goods, service bureaus, transportation and motorsports, aerospace and defense, and general manufacturing.

"As the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner across industrial and healthcare markets, 3D Systems is committed to meeting the widest possible range of our customers’ AM production needs, With the addition of Titan Robotics’ unique extrusion technology, we will be able to address our customers’ needs for large build volumes, superior performance, and improved productivity at a significantly lower cost. Through the innovative modular approach of their printers and the ability to use both pellet and filament product forms in an open architecture with widely available production polymer systems, we believe the adoption rate of industrial 3D printing will continue to accelerate. By combining the engineering and applications expertise of Titan Robotics with the global reach of 3D Systems’ sales, service, and applications teams, we are well-positioned to support our customers across the full range of our markets."

-Dr. Jeffrey Graves, president, and CEO, 3D Systems.

Titan Robotics is the only manufacturer that offers hybrid tool heads with pellet extrusion, filament extrusion, and a spindle tool head for precise finishing. These adjustable systems provide the user with significant freedom in selecting the optimal combination of formats for their application. The resulting solutions can deliver large, industrial parts using heated build platforms and chambers that scale from 30" x 30" x 45" to as large as 50" x 50" x 72", with print speeds up to 30,000 mm per minute. In addition, as the customer's needs change in the future, the Titan system can be easily expanded to include more materials and products that best meet their performance and cost goals.

Titan Robotics is thrilled to become part of the world-class organization at 3D Systems. Titan’s leadership team of Clay Guillory, Bill Macy, Maddie Guillory, and I are committed to continuing Titan’s mission of changing the traditional manufacturing landscape with production additive manufacturing solutions," said Rahul Kasat, CEO, Titan Additive LLC. In addition, people at 3D Systems are excited about the synergies this acquisition will bring to a wide range of manufacturing industries, as pellet-based extrusion and hybrid manufacturing systems become the new standard for production applications.

Pellet-fed directly 3D printing enables a diverse range of material alternatives, with hundreds of commercially available formulas ranging from low durometer (soft) to high performance and densely filled resins, such as those with high carbon and glass fiber content. This enables clients to pick the optimal material for their application and achieve up to a 75% cost reduction.

In addition, these technologies are appropriate for a range of applications because of their mix of rapid manufacturing, short cycle times, and lower prices.
  • Casting in sand
  • Thermoforming, vacuum forming, sheet metal forming, and composite tooling are all examples of tooling.
  • Fixtures and jigs for assembly and manufacturing
  • End-use parts applications include those that require an alternative to injection molding and those that demand high temperatures, such as air ducts, underhood, brackets, and structural components.

Reynolds Advisory Partners represented Titan Robotics in this transaction.

3D Systems anticipates that the acquisition will conclude in April 2022. The firm will discuss this expansion investment in further detail at its future earnings call on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Please check the company's website for more information.

*Certain statements in this release that are not historical or current facts are forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


Industry 4.0 is often associated with the Smart Factory and from a technical perspective, it focuses on the end-to-end digitization of all physical assets in a manufacturing value chain and integrating it into digital ecosystems with value chain partners.


Industry 4.0 is often associated with the Smart Factory and from a technical perspective, it focuses on the end-to-end digitization of all physical assets in a manufacturing value chain and integrating it into digital ecosystems with value chain partners.

Related News

Digital Transformation

Factbird Enters the US to Offer Manufacturing Intelligence Solutions to Local Industry

Businesswire | August 18, 2023

Factbird established its first US office in mid-2022 with the vision of helping thousands of American facilities digitally transform. By making facilities more profitable through data, Factbird has helped customers save millions of dollars by reducing waste, identifying bottlenecks, and avoiding unnecessary IT projects. Among its current customers are top global pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and industrial solution companies, including Novo Nordisk, Grundfos, Danfoss, Royal Unibrew, and Bosch. Data-driven operational excellence boosts productivity and global competitiveness Factbird’s Manufacturing Intelligence Solutions combine plug-and-play hardware and cloud software. Regardless of the company’s size or the age of the machines in use, Factbird is quick to install and brings an immediate ROI. Data from manufacturing processes provides a goldmine of valuable information on how to operate more efficiently and profitably. After implementing Factbird, management can check the factory overview daily, plant managers can track the order fulfillment, and the head of engineering can see which problems need the most attention. The data in the Factbird cloud can be as high level or as granular as users need. Michael Borman, US Head of Sales and Country Manager at Factbird, says, “Labor shortages, global competition, and inflation are major challenges for facilities in the US. Process improvement is more important than ever, and Factbird makes this simple by presenting real-time data from any process in a way that immediately benefits everyone, helping operations produce more with less waste.” A more digitalized, sustainable industry with productivity increases from day one Factbird’s goal is to help manufacturers produce more using fewer resources, contributing to higher profitability and sustainability. Factbird is a proven solution where customers see a 22–25% increase in OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) on average in their first year. Additionally, Factbird costs as little as 10% to implement compared to similar solutions on the market, bringing massive returns to factories using Factbird’s powerful Manufacturing Intelligence Solutions. A strong presence in the US for better accessibility and local advice Factbird’s US arm, Factbird Inc., is based in Morristown, New Jersey, and is committed to supporting American manufacturing companies by boosting digitization as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Salman Rehan, Senior Enterprise Account Manager at Factbird, says, “It’s an exciting time as we expand our client base from an already solid foundation. I’ve been in the industrial automation space for several years supporting manufacturers in digitalization, process improvement, and LEAN methodologies—essentially implementing Industry 4.0 initiatives. Our clients enjoy real-time visibility into performance, understanding reasons for variances in production, and attaining concrete improvements to their bottom line.” Factbird is attending the 2023 Process Expo in Chicago Michael Borman & the US team will be attending the Process Expo in Chicago, a global food equipment and technology show, from October 23–25. There, the US Factbird team will be ready to advise manufacturers on methods to improve their data capture processes, reduce waste, improve OEE, and increase profitability. About Factbird Factbird is a pioneering provider of Manufacturing Intelligence Solutions aimed at driving operational excellence. Our focus on data and factual insights empowers businesses to optimize operations, reduce downtime, and boost productivity. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, Factbird delivers real-time insights and actionable intelligence.

Read More

Manufacturing Technology

Global Manufacturer Drives Growth With Key Acquisition

PR Newswire | August 01, 2023

Bracalente Manufacturing Group announced today the purchase of Millennium Manufacturing Inc. at their US Headquarters in Trumbauersville, PA. The acquisition of Millennium helps bolster the groups already robust specialized CNC milling, turning, multi-spindle manufacturing capabilities and complements their highly skilled workforce as it expands footprint in aerospace, EV, electromechanical automation and tactical markets. Bracalente Manufacturing Group is a privately-owned third-generation manufacturing company that has grown significantly over the past few years, increasing capacity and sales by more than 50%. The Millennium deal is an extension of that growth, ensuring the increased customer demand is backed by the rigorous quality standards in their specialty component manufacturing. "The acquisition of Millennium Manufacturing is part of our growth plan. We are excited to bring the unique capabilities of the Millennium team to our group." stated Ron Bracalente, CEO and President of Bracalente Manufacturing Group. "We've increased our capacity to meet the demand of our customers. This deal strengthens our US presence with additional talent that specializes in our unique manufacturing offerings. It's a win for us." The undisclosed financial deal is part of the Bracalente expansion initiative, with the addition of several multi-million-dollar automated machining cells, an expanded sales team and a culture of continuous learning and cross-training for the more than 130 employees stateside. Started in 1950 as a simple screw machine shop in the family's garage, today Bracalente is a global manufacturer producing specialty components for some of the largest global brands. Bracalente serves its customers utilizing several resources: a global supply chain with sourcing offices in India, Vietnam and China as well as an expanded, climate-controlled WOFE factory in China. These resources coupled with our headquarters and newly acquired factory outside of Philadelphia, PA places our company in a great position to grow with our existing customers and develop new relationships. All our facilities are ISO 9001 certified, including AS9100D in the US and IATF16949 in China. The US facility holds an ITAR registration and works with national defense, tactical and aerospace customers and suppliers. Dave Fricke, owner of Millennium Manufacturing, said "The Bracalente name is synonymous with quality in our industry. Ron has continually invested in his people, equipment, and the trade. Deciding to be part of that legacy for our team, allows them the opportunity to thrive." Bracalente is committed to not only grow their manufacturing footprint but also expand their impact through purpose-driven partnerships and opportunities in the Lehigh Valley. Manufacturing represents 18% of the Lehigh Valley's economic output, a larger percentage of GDP than the U.S. economy (12%). Bracalente has committed monies, resources, and time to attract, teach and hire new manufacturing talent. "Over the last decade, we've donated more than $250k to our local trade schools, through our foundation, the Silvene Bracalente Memorial Foundation. We partner with the schools to help improve the image of manufacturing, attract new talent and work with our trade organizations and other manufacturers to ensure the pipeline of students coming into our trade is continuous," remarked Dave Borish, VP of Operations, Bracalente Manufacturing Group. About Bracalente Manufacturing Group For more than three generations, Bracalente Manufacturing Group has been providing precision manufacturing solutions for a global market. From prototype to production, and with locations in the US, China, Vietnam and India, BMG delivers quality, on-time components for aerospace, agriculture, automotive, electronics, industrial, medical, oil & gas, recreational and tactical.

Read More

Manufacturing Technology

Nano Dimension Successfully Implements SAP – a Key Enabler of Driving Operational Efficiency and Streamlining Business Processes

Globenewswire | August 04, 2023

Nano Dimension Ltd. (Nasdaq: NNDM, “Nano Dimension” or the “Company”), a leading supplier of Additively Manufactured Electronics (“AME”) and multi-dimensional polymer, metal & ceramic Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) 3D printers, announced today the successful implementation of SAP as its new Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) system, which marks a material milestone in advancing the Company’s organizational and operational effectiveness. SAP, a globally recognized leader in ERP solutions, was selected by Nano Dimension after a thorough evaluation of various options available in the market. The decision to implement SAP, and specifically the “RISE with SAP” product, reflects Nano Dimension’s commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology to optimize its business operations and provide superior service to its customers. This is an important step in any business’s prioritization to deliver better financial results and drive shareholder returns. The implementation of RISE with SAP brings numerous benefits, including: Enhanced operational efficiency by streamlining business processes across departments and automating routine tasks, driving increased productivity. Improved data integration and centralized reporting by facilitating seamless data integration and enabling real-time access to accurate information, empowering faster decision-making and better resource allocation. Enhanced customer experience by integrating with Salesforce customer relationship management (“CRM”) capabilities, leading to deeper insights into customer behavior and preferences. Scalability and future-readiness by building a systems architecture that can adapt and grow with evolving business needs, meeting the needs of the organization as it continues its robust M&A program. Zivi Nedivi, President of Nano Dimension, commented, “With the successful implementation of RISE with SAP, Nano Dimension looks forward to driving operational excellence, fostering innovation, and achieving new milestones in its industry. The Company remains committed to delivering exceptional value to its customers and stakeholders through the adoption of state-of-the-art cloud ERP technology. This can be done through increasing the top-line, but it should also be done with organizational and operations improvements, and this SAP integration is the foundation of that.” About Nano Dimension Nano Dimension’s vision is to transform existing electronics and mechanical manufacturing into Industry 4.0 environmentally friendly & economically efficient precision additive electronics and manufacturing – by delivering solutions that convert digital designs to electronic or mechanical devices - on demand, anytime, anywhere Nano Dimension’s strategy is driven by the application of deep learning based AI to drive improvements in manufacturing capabilities by using self-learning & self-improving systems, along with the management of a distributed manufacturing network via the cloud.

Read More