Global contract manufacturer Jabil (St. Petersburg, FL) has introduced what it is calling a complete solution for creating, integrating and validating custom engineered materials for additive manufacturing. Through its integrated materials, processes and machines (MPM) program, Jabil will evaluate, qualify and validate materials alongside certified machines and processes, matching specific part performance with application requirements. The goal is to ensure greater availability of unique materials while reducing time-to-market and production costs.
Jabil is an early adopter of industrial-scale additive manufacturing, and was the first company in North America to install an HP Multi Jet Fusion printer on the production floor in 2016. The introduction of Jabil Engineered Materials further drives adoption of 3D printing to produce highly functional parts for diverse and unique customer applications, said the company.
“Jabil is taking advantage of its rich history in materials science innovation to advance the entire additive manufacturing market forward and produce custom materials in weeks, not months,” said John Dulchinos, Vice President, Digital Manufacturing. “Our ability to integrate new engineered materials into our ecosystem of 3D printers and rigorous processes will transform a new generation of additive manufacturing applications, including those for heavily regulated industries, such as aerospace, automotive, industrial and healthcare.”
Materials will be available through Jabil distribution partners, including Chase Plastics and Channel Prime Alliance. Print profiles for Jabil Engineered Materials also will be available through Ultimaker Cura software with links to Jabil’s distribution partners.
Jabil also recently announced the opening of a Materials Innovation Center in Minnesota that delivers complete 3D printing solutions under one roof. In the ISO 9001–certified facility, additive manufacturing engineers, chemists, materials scientists and production experts consult with customers, leveraging Jabil’s materials science innovations and overseeing each step of making custom powders and filaments.
The rapid iteration and certified production of these engineered materials will provide customers with a faster path from prototyping to production than is currently available, according to Jabil. In addition to compounding, extrusion and powder creation and system integration services, Jabil provides a number of value-added services including flame retardance, reinforcement and conductivity.