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Titan Robotics and Jabil Collaborate for New Pellet 3D Printing Formulations

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Production additive manufacturing solutions provider Titan Robotics Ltd., which just announced the release of its new large-format, dual pellet extrusion Atlas 3.6 3D printer at last week’s Formnext Connect, has a new announcement this week: it’s collaborating with Jabil Inc., one of the world’s largest contract manufacturing and engineering companies. Jabil is looking to continue speeding up its momentum in the industrial AM industry with this strategic partnership. Its Jabil Engineered Materials unit will work with Titan to validate and integrate new customized material formulations for its Atlas 3D printers.

“Titan and Jabil are fulfilling a joint mission to move additive manufacturing into serial production and advanced manufacturing. By choosing Jabil’s engineered materials customized for applications with high-throughput pellet printing on the Atlas, we can help customers reduce costs, create products with mass customization, reduce cycle times and innovate quickly,” Titan Robotics Partner and CTO Bill Macy said in a press release.

A Jabil employee mixing materials. Image courtesy of Jabil

Jabil Engineered Materials was launched in 2019 in order to create, customize, test, and validate 3D printing materials for manufacturing applications. Today, the business unit works to create new polymer compounds and formulations at its ISO 9001 Materials Innovation Center. By pairing its own materials science knowledge with Titan’s expertise in pellet extrusion 3D printing, which can speed up cycle times, increase throughput, and reduce material and operational costs, the two companies can help speed up production of large-format tooling for a variety of applications in the aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical sectors, such as casting patterns, sheet metal forming, end-use parts, molding, and welding fixtures.

Together, Jabil and Titan have tested and qualified new pellet formulations of Jabil’s carbon fiber reinforced nylon materials, which were exclusively created in order to print stronger and more flexible, lightweight parts. By printing with Jabil’s new engineered pellet materials on Titan’s Atlas 3D printers, the two hope to accelerate the adoption of large-format industrial additive manufacturing by offering increased print speeds and higher part strength.

Image courtesy of Titan Robotics

Matt Torosian, the Director of Additive Product Management at Jabil, explained, “Jabil takes a polymer science approach to developing engineered materials. All of our materials are designed exclusively for additive manufacturing, so Titan receives pellets that embody all the necessary attributes to optimize performance and reliability.”

Titan is an authorized distributor of Jabil’s new 3D printing pellet formulations, and will support its continued development for new materials to be used with its Atlas pellet extrusion 3D printers. Customers will be able to enjoy more high-performance pellet material choice thanks to this new partnership between the two companies, as Jabil and Titan will provide an important step towards the validation of materials and designs for large-scale, expensive, high-end final parts. Additionally, customers will also have the chance to address specific application requirements by having the two companies create custom compounds.

In addition to its new partnership with Titan, Jabil has also announced the availability of two new engineered materials, one of which is PA 4535 CF Filament, which features what it says is the industry’s highest carbon fiber loading with 40% more tensile strength. The company also announced new colors for its PA 4500 Filament.

PA 4535 CF filament. Image courtesy of Jabil

(Source: Jabil Additive)

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