Jabil launches first PLA for powder bed 3D printing

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The manufacturing solutions provider is releasing a new powder bed fusion (PBF) material derived from sequestered carbon monoxide. At RAPID + TCT 2023, the materials scientist is back with a new carbon-capture polymer for PBF, PLA.

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The first PLA for PBF

During our conversation with Rogers at the exhibition, we learned how this ubiquitous material extrusion polymer can bring new benefits to the PBF world. Jeep’s PLA 3110P was developed in collaboration with NatureWorks, the world’s largest PLA manufacturer, which combines the printability of this typical corn starch-based plastic with the high throughput and complexity of PBF implementation. Due to its vertical integration, Jeep has everything from composite to low-temperature grinding, allowing partners such as NatureWorks to obtain these capabilities from a single supplier.

Jeep is considering various applications of this material, including vacuum and hot forming, casting, and as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuel polymers. As for hot forming, the stuff is heated and formed around the mold, and its compressive strength and temperature resistance make it an ideal choice for manipulating materials such as polycarbonate, PETG, and polypropylene.

PLA can melt without expansion or leaving almost no residue for metal castings. When using PBF printing, it also has the required surface finish for casting. Desktop 3D printing users 3D print powder, wrap them in ceramic molds and then burn the models with molten metal. Unlike desktop material extruders, PBF does not have visible layer lines, making metal parts smoother.

New material partners

In addition to the new PLA, Jeep has also announced a partnership with Nexa3D to produce its PK5000 material, namely the polyketone above (PK) derived from carbon monoxide chelation, which can be used for Nexa3D’s QLS 236 and QLS 820 SLS printers.

In addition to the new PLA, Jeep has also announced a partnership with Nexa3D to produce its PK5000 material, namely the polyketone above (PK) derived from carbon monoxide chelation, which can be used for Nexa3D’s QLS 236 and QLS 820 SLS printers.

While collaborating, Jeep also developed electrostatic discharge (ESD) materials. This powder is made from Mechnano, which combines Jeep’s polyketones (PK) with Mechnano’s carbon nanotubes for PBF 3D printing. This enables the parts to withstand functional testing and be used in areas with ESD issues, such as electronic manufacturing, making powder bed fusion 3D printing technology widely applicable.

Application fields of powder bed 3D printing

Medical device manufacturing: Because of powder bed fusion, 3D printing technology can produce high-precision, customized medical devices. For example, it can create customized prosthetics, implants, and surgical tools.

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Aerospace: Due to the extremely high accuracy and performance requirements for parts, powder bed fusion 3D printing technology has been extensively used in the aerospace field. It can manufacture complex, lightweight structures such as aircraft engine parts and satellite components. This technology can improve production efficiency, reduce costs, and improve product performance and safety.

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Food manufacturing: Although food manufacturing is not a traditional 3D printing application field, there have been some cases of using powder bed fusion 3D printing technology to manufacture food in recent years. For example, this technology can be used to make customized chocolates, candies, etc.

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Supplier

Luoyang Tongrun Nanotechnology Co, Ltd., as a global chemical material purveyor and manufacturer with over 12 years of experience, is highly trusted for providing high-quality chemicals and nanomaterials such as graphite powder, zinc sulfide, nitride powder, calcium nitride, Ca3N2, 3D printing powder, concrete foaming agent, etc.

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