Titan: A Next Generation Extruder for your 3D printer
Titan brings high performance, lightweight universal extrusion to everyone: check out the launch video here! If you want to read about all the gory engineering details check out our blog post.
With the launch of the E3D Titan extruder, you now have the benefits of geared extrusion but in a lightweight, punchy little package.
*August 2016 - we've now introduced a new improved universal idler lever for your Titan which will come as standard.
Performance. Power. Push.
With 3:1 gear reduction, precision milled hobbed gearing and E3D engineering, we’ve developed Titan to push with awesome power, while also being incredibly light and compact.
The gear ratio means you’re able to use lighter motors as you’ll need less torque for the same filament pushing force - so direct drive systems have a lighter moving carriage, and bowden-style printers become powerful, reliable little beasts when combined with your E3D V6 hotEnd.
Titan fits perfectly into E3D’s modular ecosystem, Titan works for all configurations of bowden, direct extrusion, 1.75mm and 3mm. To switch filament diameters only the filament guide needs to be swapped out, and both 3mm and 1.75mm versions are supplied with every Titan. To use Titan as a bowden extruder you just insert a bowden adaptor into the body instead of a hotend. Bowden adaptors for 3mm or 1.75mm are available as a low cost optional extra.
Extruders with high gear ratios often struggle with snappy retracts and keeping up with Volcano for big, fast printing. Titan's balanced gearing ratio of 3:1 means that you can cope with fast extrusion situations like Volcano, and the lightweight gear-set gives snappy retractions.
Direct-drive extruders can have issues with ‘pulsing’ of flow, because the lower resolution of filament motion results in filament being extruded in pulses. This results in a slight wavy surface finish, and is particularly prevalent when printing at low layer heights. Using 3:1 gearing triples the resolution of the system and allows for smooth printing at the lowest of layer heights, using the smallest of nozzles.
The Titan extruder gives your 3D printer 3:1 gear reduction.
A fully guided filament path from extruder to print means your filament is carefully guided every step of the way, ensuring a smooth journey to the meltzone. The guide constrains filament throughout the extruder, leaving no gaps and no opportunity for buckling of flexible filaments.
The CNC machined individually cut filament drive teeth allow grip of the slipperiest of Nylons.
A combination of grip and torque allows extrusion of even the most viscous materials like metal filled and carbon reinforced filaments.
1.75mm or 3mm filament: Titan is compatible with either diameter of 3D printing filament, and easily swaps between the two.
The extruder has ample force for even the toughest, gnarliest materials out there, ones that hat would cause lesser extruders to skip, grind or buckle.
Reliable and Repeatable.
Adjustable tension allows for use with all filaments currently available. Furthermore an idler force indicator scale allows you to set the idler tension to a known and repeatable setpoint. This means you can always set Titan back to a known idler force for each of your filament types, and settings for filaments can be shared between Titan users or even provided by filament manufacturers.
Universal and Adaptable.
Universal Adaptable NEMA17 mounting - modular, easy to mount to the widest range of printers and simple to design mounting solutions for. Titan works for all configurations of bowden, direct extrusion, 1.75mm and 3mm. To switch filament diameters only the filament guide needs to be swapped out, and both 3mm and 1.75mm versions are supplied with every Titan. To use Titan as a bowden extruder you just insert a bowden adaptor into the body instead of a hotend. Bowden adaptors for 3mm or 1.75mm are available as a low cost optional extra.
Easy Extrusion; Easy Maintenance.
Titan is moulded in lightweight engineering plastics which provides a best-in-class performance to weight ratio.
Titan was designed with a clear intention to make your extrusion sustem *accessible*. The shape of the drive gear teeth ensures that filament flakes off the gear cleanly, and any left over debris can be brushed away with no disassembly, even during printing. The easy-access thumb-wheel makes it easy to manually extrude, purge, load and unload filaments. Titan easily strips down with 1 allen key in 1 minute, everything comes apart and reassembles easily and quickly.
Upgrade Your 3D Printer.
With E3D V6 and Titan, you can now upgrade a wide range of 3D printers to an E3D extrusion system.
Titan is part of E3D’s modular ecosystem, so it’s now possible to upgrade your entire 3D printer’s extrusion system to E3D’s high performance. Upgrade your Prusa i3 to E3D here
More 3D printer upgrade kits coming shortly.
Titan fits perfectly into E3D’s modular ecosystem. If you’d like to know more about our high performance extruder, read our latest blog post.
Documentation and assembly guidelines can be found on our wiki.
The E3D Titan Bracket can downloaded from Thingiverse. Drawings and customisable SCAD to follow soon.