ORLANDO, FL -- At the RAPID show in Orlando, Fla., HP Inc. launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D-printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing (AM). At the very least, it will be game-changing.
Here's why. HP claims -- and analysts who've observed and measured the technology agree -- it really is at least 10 times the speed of laser sintering, and even faster than other 3D printing methods. Some very big names in several industries are already using these machines in end-production. The new printers will be very competitively priced given their 10x production speed and voxel-level control that makes incredible precision attainable for many different characteristics. These systems will also be the first to conform to the 3MF file format developed by HP, Microsoft, and Autodesk. Finally, HP will develop an open materials market for MJF and certify materials from major manufacturers.
HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D-Printed Mesh Sample
From the beginning, HP has worked with major partners that helped develop the overall ecosystem and the product, and gave detailed feedback about what they needed from the technology, said Alex Monino, worldwide marketing and go to market director for HP 3D Printers, in a briefing last week. Each a leader in their respective industries, these heavyweights are BMW, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Proto Labs, Autodesk/NETFABB, Materialise, Shapeways, and Nike.
HP believes 3D printing will make possible the next industrial revolution, said Monino. Previous stages were the first industrial revolution, and then the Internet revolution, which was made possible by CAD and just-in-time machine production. The next one will be the democratization of design and ubiquitous production. As the company has said all along, this will require an ecosystem of innovation partners and an open approach to developing its 3D printing technology.
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