Yesterday, Proto Labs announced that it was bringing HP’s Multi Jet Fusion in-house at its facilities in Maple Plain, MN. The relatively new technology was introduced to the market last May when is stole the show at RAPID 2016.
According to HP, the production-grade 3D printing technology builds fully functional plastic prototypes and production parts with consistent mechanical properties. It 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, and faster build speeds, which is why it has been integrated into Proto Labs suite of services.
To discuss why Proto Labs decided on Multi Jet Fusion, IEN talked to Greg Thompson, Global Product Manager for 3D Printing with Proto Labs.