Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) announces the addition of Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. The production-grade 3D printing technology, developed by HP, builds fully functional plastic prototypes and production parts with accelerated speed, detailed precision and consistent mechanical properties.
Due to Proto Labs’ industrial 3D printing expertise, HP selected the company as a foundational partner for its launch of Multi Jet Fusion technology. The collaboration is part of HP’s efforts to establish a global network of 3D printing service providers.
HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology uses an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are then fused by heating elements into a solid layer. The technology’s unique approach to binding powder results in more isotropic material properties, faster build speeds and lower costs compared to other powder-based 3D printing processes.
Proto Labs has worked with select customers to optimize the Multi Jet Fusion process for its 3D printing offering. The company now offers five different industrial 3D printing processes, producing plastic, metal and elastomeric components in as little as one day.