Jabil PK 5000 produces parts and prototypes with improved impact strength and greater chemical resistance compared to PA 12 and available polymer powders for SLS processes (Photo: Business Wire)

3D Systems, EOS, and Farsoon are currently evaluating Jabil’s powder-based additive material for their printer platforms

May 17, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—A powder-based additive material from Jabil is reported to be engineered to provide better strength, chemical resistance, and resilience than general-purpose nylon materials, such as PA 12.

The patent-pending material, PK 5000, was created, tested, and validated at Jabil’s Materials Innovation Center in Chaska, Minnesota. It has been formulated to support highly demanding automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, and industrial manufacturing applications, Jabil said in a release.

“Our latest engineered material will disrupt the market for powder-bed fusion technologies by improving upon existing polymers to offer enhanced processing and performance properties,” said Matt Torosian, director of product management for Jabil Additive, in the release. “With PK 5000, we are introducing new innovations to meet a broad range of customer requirements while accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing.”

 Polymer formulations, compound developments, and material system integration are completed from start to finish at Jabil’s Materials Innovation Center. There, experienced additive manufacturing engineers, chemists, materials scientists, and production experts leverage Jabil’s innovations in materials science to oversee each step of the beaker-to-box process of developing customized powders and filaments. It’s all done under an ISO 9001-2015 quality management system, Jabil said in the release.

The new material is described as eco-friendly and is reported to feature a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties, including high impact strength, high abrasion resistance, and improved elongation over other nylon materials. PK 5000 offers high barrier properties and low moisture absorption, which may be critical for ensuring the quality and resilience of certain parts and products exposed to fuel and water, the company said.

According to Jabil, the polyketone resin that is used to make PK 5000 is an eco-friendly, low-carbon material that is made from carbon monoxide. The ability to leverage carbon monoxide, a leading cause of atmospheric pollution, may reduce overall carbon footprint, the company said.

Jabil said it is developing process parameters for all major SLS platforms to ensure widespread access to PK 5000. Companies currently evaluating PK 5000 for their printer platforms include EOS, Farsoon, and 3D Systems.

“Our team of materials scientists strive to bring new innovation to market, through in-house development or partnering with fellow industry leaders,” said Edwin Hortelano, Ph.D., and senior vice president of materials engineering and development at 3D Systems, in the release. “We believe PK 5000 has the potential to open a variety of new applications to help propel the industry forward.”

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