VIDEO: Multi-Jet Fusion Enables Sophisticated 3D-Printed Part Production

MJF technology could be the key to high volume additive manufacturing, says Forecast 3D expert.

With advancements in new 3D printing techniques, additive manufacturing is transitioning from a prototyping technology to true manufacturing – take for example Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF).

In the video above, we take look at how companies like Forecast 3D are partnering with HP to bring MJF to market in a big way, turning additive manufacturing in a mass-production technology.

“Within the last month, we’ve gotten our first two MJF printers in place and they’ve been running for almost four weeks now,” said Donovan Weber, COO at Forecast 3D.

“We were building production parts inside of four or five days once they’re set up. The idea with this technology is that you’re getting into monster-sized production capability. HP has increased speed on this equipment and reduced the cost dramatically. We’re able to look at short series runs that get into the hundreds, thousands and—with the right parts—into the tens of thousands.”

Currently, Forecast 3D is capable of working with Nylon 12 materials on HP’s MJF printers, but with material development kits available from a number of materials companies, that list is expected to grow rapidly, Weber explained.

 “They’re running off a platform of low cost materials as well, so the material that you’re not using is fully recyclable. You’re putting in a maximum of 80 percent recyclability to a 20 percent version – it’s a material stream that can be refreshed and the material is low cost.

The MJF printing machines are well-suited to producing end-use parts, Weber continued. “The longest build you’re going to get off this machine is going to be 12 hours, not considering cooling, so you’ve got production parts within 24 hours. It’s early and these machines are just hitting the field, but we do expect big opportunities with this technology.”

For more information about Forecast 3D’s printing capabilities, visit their website.

For more information on HP’s MJF printers, click here.

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.