Proto Labs adds HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printers to Its Offerings

The company will use the 3D printers to quickly build plastic prototypes and production parts.


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Proto Labs has added HP Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. The production-grade 3D printers are said to build fully functional plastic prototypes and production parts with speed, precision and consistency.

HP selected Proto Labs as a partner for the launch of its Multi Jet Fusion technology, and the collaboration is part of HP’s efforts to establish a global network of 3D printing service providers.

Multi Jet Fusion uses an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are fused with heat. This approach results in more isotropic material properties, faster build speeds and lower costs than other powder-based processes, HP says.

Proto Labs worked with select customers to optimize the Multi Jet Fusion process. The company now offers five industrial 3D printing processes, producing plastic, metal and elastomeric components in as fast as one day.