Titan Robotics enters materials collaboration for large-format AM
AFS Corporate Member Titan Robotics Ltd. announced in a November website statement it is entering a strategic collaboration with Jabil Inc. to accelerate the adoption of large-format, industrial additive manufacturing. Jabil Engineered Materials, a unit of Jabil, which develops polymer formulations and compounds at its ISO 9001 Materials Innovation Center, is working with Titan to qualify and integrate customized materials for use on Titan’s pellet-based Atlas 3D printers.
Together, the companies are driving the production of large-format tooling for applications in sheet metal forming, composite layups, welding fixtures, molding, casting patterns and end-use parts on Titan Atlas printers to meet a growing need for increased part strength and faster printing speeds. Jabil’s specialized materials science expertise, combined with Titan’s robust printing performance, are suited for addressing the growing list of rigorous industrial, as well as demanding medical, defense and aerospace applications.
“Titan and Jabil are fulfilling a joint mission to move additive manufacturing into serial production and advanced manufacturing,” said Titan Robotics Partner and CTO Bill Macy. “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 and Jabil have tested and validated new pellet formulations of Jabil’s carbon fiber reinforced nylon materials, which are designed to produce stronger, lighter and more flexible parts and molds.
“Jabil takes a polymer science approach to developing engineered materials,” said Matt Torosian, director of additive product management at Jabil. “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.”
The collaboration between Titan Robotics and Jabil is aimed at giving customers greater choices from a wide variety of high-performance pellet materials as well as the opportunity to create custom compounds to address specific requirements. By teaming, both organizations also offer an intermediate yet vital step to validate materials and part designs before customers print extremely large and costly, high-end final parts or tooling.
As an authorized distributor of Jabil’s 3D printing pellet materials, Titan will support Jabil’s ongoing development of new material formulations for pellet extrusion 3D printing on the Atlas platform.