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Large-Format 3D Printing in Nigeria

3D Print reports on a recent trip taken by Colorado-based Titan Robotics Founder and CEO Clay Guillory.  Guillory, in collaboration with Nigerian Foundries Limited (or NFL), has “installed the largest-format 3D printer” in West Africa.  The Titan Atlas “is Titan Robotics’ flagship 3-axis industrial 3D printer, capable of printing a 30” x 30” x 45” build area.”

Nigerian Foundries Limited “is being used to create patterns to aid in the manufacturing of metal castings.”  Using traditional foundry methods, the creation of these patterns can take up to 6-8 weeks, and the end-product customization and flexibility is severely limited.  Now, with 3D printing, however, this dynamic is changed with the “ability to print plastic patterns on demand within days.”

As Nigerian Foundries Limited President Vassily Oye Barberopoulos explains, this Titan Atlas 3D printer dramatically reduces his company’s lead times: “for us, it’s an important aspect because it means for most casting that we can print, we could actually make a pattern within 48 hours and be in production and have a product within a week out, something that would normally take us a month and a half.”

Nigeria is focused on innovation, particularly when it comes to additive manufacturing.  Guillory was quick to point out the country’s technological potential: “I think [3D printing is about to grow here], this country is very hungry for learning and very hungry for opportunity.”

Video, Image, and Quotes Courtesy of 3D Print

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