Jabil had 41 patents in 3D printing during Q4 2023. Jabil Inc filed patents related to additive manufacturing, including methods for using a solution dispenser with embedded particles, a composition for support material, a system with heated print nozzle and digital masks, tracking filament use on a print spool, and support blocks for PCB’s produced through 3D printing. These innovations aim to improve efficiency and functionality in additive manufacturing processes. GlobalData’s report on Jabil gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Jabil grant share with 3D printing as a theme is 29% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Apparatus, system and method of additive manufacturing using ultra-fine jetted material (Patent ID: US20230415416A1)

The patent filed by Jabil Inc. describes an apparatus, system, and method for additive manufacturing using a solution dispenser with embedded particles, a jet for dispersing the solution, and a tunable heat filter to burn off the carrier and make the particles molten for the additive manufacturing print build. The apparatus includes a controller, a solution dispenser with photosensitive polymers of 1-5 microns, a jet, a tunable heat filter, and an ultraviolet actuator to provide UV light for the print build. The method involves dispersing the solution, adjusting the heat filter to burn off the solvent and make the polymers molten, and directing UV light to cure the polymers on the print build.

The apparatus claims include details such as the size of the polymers (1-2 microns), the specific polymer type (polypropylene), the solvent used (water), and the use of infrared heat in the heat filter. The patent also mentions the presence of multiple zones in the heat filter, the alteration of the frequency of the infrared heat, and the use of a physical filter block in the tunable heat filter for the print build to receive the molten particles. Additionally, the claims outline the process of second dispersing the solution and second energizing the ultraviolet actuator to cure the polymers on the print build, providing a comprehensive overview of the additive manufacturing process described in the patent.

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