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Additive manufacturing is a great application for prototype iteration for when you need quick parts, jigs, fixtures, tooling and handling accessories. Jabil’s global facilities feature different printer technologies to fit the right machine and materials for your project. Most projects are able to be printed and shipped out within 5 business days. Printing materializes in our Mexico, San Francisco locations and prints ship free to US locations.
Available Technologies & Materials
Multi-Jet Fusion is a production grade additive manufacturing process that produces both functional prototypes and end use parts. Parts made are nearly isotropic – meaning high strength in all 3 dimensions. MJF has a high economy of scale by utilizing batch printing principles which lower part cost. Parts print in a powder bed so there is no support material necessary in this printing technology making it a great place to start with part conversion from injection molding. The surface finish is porous, and often will need primer if being painted.
HP 3D HR PA11
High Density, Chemical Resistivity, Watertight
HP 3D HR PA12
High Impact Strength
HP 3D HR PA12GB
Polyamide 12 with Glass Beads
Increased rigid properties over PA12.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), also known as Fused filament fabrication (FFM), is the most common and simple 3D printing method that offers mid-range quality and variety of materials, many of which are certified for regulated industries. FDM offers a lower quality surface finish and dimensional accuracy. Parts are also not isotropic and are weaker where the bonds lay especially in the Z direction.
It uses an extrusion process utilizing filament. Parts are printed layer by layer from the bottom upwards. Because of this, FFF/FDM does not offer economies of scale since it can only produce one part at a time and does not utilize batch printing.
Wide Variety of Materials
Prototype Use Cases
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Static Dissipative
ABS material paired with carbon to provide electrostatic dissipative (ESD) properties for static sensitive applications.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Strong and tough yet lightweight making it ideal for functional prototyping.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ISO 10993 USP Class VI
Biocompatible for medical, pharmaceutical and food packaging applications.
Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate
Wide color range availability with UV resistancy and improved aesthetics.
FDM Nylon 12
Excellent strength, toughness and fatigue properties make it a good material choice for press-fit inserts and vibration-resistant parts.
Heat resistant plastic with dimensional stabilities and good impact strength.
Polycarbonate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
The combination of two materials joins the heat resistance of PC and the flex strength of ABS.
Polycarbonate ISO 10993 USP Class VI
Biocompatible material that can be sterilized using gamma radiation or ethylene oxide (EtO).
Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol Static Dissipative
Low moisture absorption, excellent chemical resistance and electrostatic dissipative properties.
High heat resistance with low coefficient of thermal expansion compared to other FDM materials.
Flame retardant, high performance thermoplastic with excellent heat resistance and high impact strength.
SLS builds upon the same characteristics as the Multi Jet Fusion process: parts print inside a powder bed allowing scalability, the models all feature isotropic features. The difference is that SLS utilizes a laser fusion system. It has a larger build envelope allowing for larger part production and has a larger material set. Parts can be used for nearly isotropic functional models.
Larger Print Area
Polyamide 12 Powder (Nylon)
High Strength and stiffness with versatility for a wide range of general applications.
Polyamide 12 Powder (Nylon)
Durable nylon powder with excellent elongation and impact strength.