Jabil released a new additive material, Jabil PA 0600, which delivers the high strength and stiffness required for aerospace, automotive and industrial manufacturing applications. This latest advancement from Jabil Engineered Materials was created, formulated and produced at the company’s Minnesota-based Materials Innovation Center for use in traditional and additive manufacturing.
“We’re building upon Jabil’s legacy in materials science to improve existing polymers or create new ones at the molecular level to benefit our customers,” said Matt Torosian, Jabil’s additive product management director. “Our focus on innovation led to the discovery of our PA 0600 filament, which has a unique formulation with Acetal plastic attributes but without potentially dangerous formaldehyde emissions associated with overheating.”
Delivering Material Strength, Stiffness and Safety
The new filament is suited to a variety of applications as the material exhibits high stiffness, dimensional stability and good wear resistance, as well as low-friction, self-lubricating characteristics. The new filament delivers high levels of smoothness and durability, typically required in the production of gears, bearings and rollers; jigs, fixtures and tooling; and work-holding devices, posts and nests. The material also simplifies post-print machining, including fly cuts, thread taps and heat stakes.
Moreover, Jabil PA 0600 filament provides enhanced functionality typically associated with Delrin Acetal plastic or alternative POM materials, without the risk of exposure to formaldehyde emissions when the material is overheated. The Jabil PA 0600 filament has been formulated without formaldehyde, so there is no release of noxious odors or fumes during processing. This chemical property offers product designers greater flexibility, speed and safety in developing complex parts that must be resistant to fatigue, friction and abrasion.
The Jabil PA 0600 filament is featured in the Ultimaker Marketplace in Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software and is available through DigiKey.
“Jabil PA 0600 filament is an exciting, engineered material advancement, offering a viable Delrin alternative with the durability and strength needed for a wide range of additive manufacturing applications,” said Bas de Jong, VP market development, materials & strategic partnerships at Ultimaker. “Previous materials from Jabil that are already available in the Ultimaker Marketplace in Ultimaker Cura offer users first-time right results and peace of mind while printing on our 3D printers and using the printed applications.”