When HP introduced its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer in 2016, it signaled the fall of three barriers to manufacturing’s full embrace of the new 3D printing technology—speed, quality, and cost.
Early model 3D printers crafted rough parts at a slow pace, and the sky-high costs kept many consumers from making the investment in the new products no matter how futuristic they might be.
HP Thermal Inkjet Technology allows users to print at lower cost without sacrificing quality. The newest generation of HP’s 3D printers, the Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer, can craft products with voxel level control, ensuring spot-on accuracy and fine detail. It does so at up to ten times the speed of its competitors.
Using its distinctive Thermal Inkjet Technology, HP incorporates highly recyclable powder and an open platform system to reduce 3D printing costs and keep them low.
How Does HP Thermal Inkjet Technology Work in a 3D Printer?
HP Multi Jet Fusion lays down a thin layer of material. A carriage filled with an array of HP Thermal Inkjet printheads passes left to right over the working area, spraying chemical agents, while a second carriage passes from top to bottom applying energy to the print area to fully fuse the build material. Fitted with 1200 nozzles per inch, HP Thermal Inkjet printhead arrays can print over 30 million drops per second over every single inch of working area. This layer-by-layer process continues until the part is formed with the carriages changing direction at each layer for maximum productivity.
What is Open Platform?
HP’s distinctive open platform certifies collaborative partners who work together with HP to innovate with materials and develop new applications for the company’s 3D printing. Open platform’s goal is three-fold—reduce 3D printing costs, aid in quicker adoption of 3D printer technology, and establish an open-source platform for certified 3D materials that work with its products.
Using an HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer, a job that starts with 100% fresh material will end with 80% of that material being recycled. It’s one way HP can help protect the environment and help clients control their costs. Using low-cost, highly recyclable materials does not affect HP’s 3D printer quality results, however. The HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer produces quality parts with a strong, engineering-grade thermoplastic not classified as hazardous.
Best of all, the initial purchase price of the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer is extremely affordable. The company’s top-notch support and technical services teams are always standing by to help consumers with any problems that arise, so owning HP’s 3D printer is inexpensive, too.
“[HP] is going to rewrite the rules of 3D printing,” says Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates. “I can envision companies purchasing expensive equipment and then putting it in moth balls when the new HP equipment becomes available.”
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