Just like Cédric Michel, Pollen AM’s CEO pointed out, “materials are a key component to ensure quality and profitability in additive manufacturing.” 3D Printing companies that agree with this assertion try as much as possible to develop solutions for this part of the market. Jabil joins the move of these companies today by providing the market with a complete solution for creating, integrating and validating custom engineered materials for additive manufacturing.
Jabil aims to foster the adoption of additive manufacturing to produce highly functional parts.
Jabil’s investigation to better apprehend the market
The provider of design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services carried out a survey of 3D Printing stakeholders. More than half of the 300 survey participants revealed that cost and availability of materials are key challenges to overcome on this market.
That’s why Jabil is implementing a MPM (Materials, Processes and Machines) solution to evaluate, qualify and validate materials alongside certified machines and processes. Furthermore, the company will also encourage the use of open 3D printing platforms in order to optimize these materials.
Lastly, it goes without saying that further researches and developments round materials will be done in a Materials Innovation Center in Minnesota. This way, the company will drive polymer formulations, compound development and ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) certification.
“The rapid iteration and certified production of these engineered materials will provide customers with a faster path from prototyping to production than currently available. Value-added attributes include, but aren’t limited to, reinforced, flame retardant, conductive, lubricated, Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) and other engineered characteristics. A full range of services also are available, including compounding, extrusion and powder creation as well as complete system integration on standard, open source platforms supported by Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and High-Speed Sintering (HSS) equipment.”
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