HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing (MJF)
HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing
Produces the least expensive, most durable and fastest 3D printed nylon and rubber-like TPU parts on the market.
RapidMade uses the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer to provide our customers with better products, faster and at less cost. Set your production free from the design limitations of traditional manufacturing—render intricate shapes with precision and durability every time.
When complexity, performance and cost are all essential, there’s no need to compromise. Simply put, the HP Multi Jet Fusion is the best industrial 3D printer for most additive manufacturing applications, bar none.
If you are new to MJF or 3D printing in general please check out our beginner’s guide to MJF to better understand this revolutionary technology.
If you are currently using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) to make production printed parts maybe we can convince you otherwise.
3D Printed Plastic: No Tooling Costs, No Setup Fees and No Sacrifice in Performance
Traditional plastic manufacturing techniques like machining or injection molding require tooling and other setup costs for every project. This leads to a higher cost per unit on small runs and a longer production schedule.
3D printing with the HP Multi Jet Fusion enables businesses to manufacture plastic parts without any tooling or setup costs, saving time and expense. This allows for highly customizable, agile manufacturing with excellent value for small- to medium-sized production runs. In our fast-paced modern economy, 3D printing can help improve businesses’ competitive advantage by taking products to market faster and at less cost than ever before.
RapidMade offers durable 3D printed nylon and rubber-like TPU products below the cost of traditional manufacturing that ship in 1-5 business days. Plus, our digital workflow means that you can order more units whenever you need them, eliminating the need for large inventories and upfront orders.
Fusion 3D Printing at a Glance
- The best all-around technology for most applications
- Fast, strong and inexpensive
- Relatively high detail and finish quality
- Good for functional prototypes, industrial-strength parts, and initial production runs
- Minimum wall thickness: 0.020″
- Accuracy: +/-0.012” or +/-0.2%, whichever is greater
- Resolution: 0.003″
- Build unit bed size: 15″ x 11.2″ x 15″
The Fastest 3D Printing
Don’t let its size fool you: the HP Multi Jet Fusion is the fastest 3D printer on the block, with industry-leading production speeds up to 50 times faster with printing materials than other 3D printing technologies land cost reductions of up to 50% in comparison to SLS and FDM.
So, what’s the catch?
There isn’t one! In addition to being cheaper and faster, HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing offers superior surface finish, detail resolution, and strength when compared to ColorJet, selective laser sintering (SLS), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and stereolithography (SLA).
Whether you are in product development, small-batch manufacturing, or product maintenance RapidMade and HP Multi Jet Fusion printing with fusion technology will provide measurable benefits to your production on the first run.
Production speed comparison between HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed Nylon PA-12 (Left), SLS (Middle), and FDM (Right)
|Process||Other 3D Printing¹||Injection Molding²||Machining³|
|Cost Reduction||30 – 50%||30 – 300%||10 – 75%|
|Production Speed||6 – 50x||9 – 18x||5 – 12x|
¹ Compared to typical costs and print times for Colorjet, FDM, SLS, SLA and other standard 3D print technology.
² Compared to typical tooling/part cost and lead time of 4 – 8 weeks, order sizes of 100 – 1000 units.
³ Compared to typical cost and lead time of 3 – 6 weeks for plastic parts, 1 – 1000 units.
Nylon PA-12: A Better and Stronger Printer
With 3D printed nylon parts, you get industrial-strength products with guaranteed precision, every time. The production-grade nylon PA-12 used by the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer offers unprecedented jetting mechanical strength for 3D printed plastic parts along with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and high-quality surface finish. For functional rapid prototypes, industrial-grade parts or consumer products, nylon PA-12 provides superior value and performance compared to any other 3D printed plastic on the market.
Its fully dense and nearly isometric mechanical properties ensure strength and durability on every axis. Nylon PA-12 has high chemical and heat resistance and boasts a part accuracy of +/-.008”.
No More Injection Molding: TPU for Rubber Gaskets, Seals, Hoses and Flexible Applications
The Multi Jet Fusion process is also compatible with flexible, rubber-like thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). TPU is softer and more flexible than nylon PA-12 but offers comparable detail and finish. Processing parts with high chemical, thermal and abrasion resistance, plus a high tolerance for oil and grease, TPU is perfect for common rubber parts like gaskets, seals, and hoses.
Historically, rubber has been particularly difficult to 3D print, forcing businesses to rely on expensive and time-consuming injection molding and casting. Now, you can ditch the costly metal molds and start manufacturing high-quality rubber parts in as few as two days!
Learn more about our rubber 3D printing services here.
Nylon 12 and TPU are Certified for Medical, Engineering and Consumer Applications
The nylon PA-12 and TPU used by Multi Jet Fusion printing works for durable, versatile and functional applications —and they’ve got the certifications to prove it. Nylon PA-12 and Estane TPU’s certifications include:
USP Class I-VI and FDA’s Intact Skin Surface Devices guidance for biocompatibility and medical applications
ISO 10993-5 and ISO 10993-10 tests for in vitro cytotoxicity and for skin sensitization
REACH, RoHS and PAHs compliant for chemical safety
UL 94-HB and UL 746A Certification for flame resistance
Statement of Composition for Toy Applications
For more information on MJF’s material certifications, refer to the complete Hewlett-Packard certificate information.
3D Printed Rapid Tooling: Printed Materials for Thermoforming, Urethane Casting and More
Because of its fine detail, high speed and low cost, the Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is ideal for quickly producing tooling for use with other manufacturing technologies. That means that you can use MJF 3D printing to optimize your supply chain even if your end product is thermoformed, cast or injection molded. Nylon PA-12 is particularly compatible for tooling; it has a relatively high temperature resistance and does not bond with other materials, so MJF printed tools can produce thousands of form.
3D printed tooling and master patterns can help businesses get the most from their product development cycles by reducing the cost and time of iteration. Moreover, when combined with a technology like urethane casting, 3D printed master patterns can produce very inexpensive parts that rival the quality and detail of injection molded parts in a fraction of the time.
Increased Competitive Advantage Throughout Product Life Cycles
The high speed and low cost of Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing makes it possible to add value at every stage of your product life cycles. Beginning with product development, MJF can quickly print functional prototypes and proofs of concept, allowing you to take your product through more iterations in less time and get to market even faster. This developmental advantage also translates to other manufacturing technologies: MJF can create durable tooling for thermoformed or cast urethane parts in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.
It’s not just prototypes—MJF is an excellent choice for initial production runs or other low-volume manufacturing. Because of their unique design possibilities, 3D printed parts allow manufacturers a variety of opportunities to decrease cost and improve functionality, whether by combining multi-piece assemblies into single parts, reducing part weight with internal lattice structures, or using just-in-time manufacturing to reduce inventory and overhead.
MJF 3D printing can even help you extend product life cycles by providing affordable on-demand replacement part production, eliminating the need for unnecessarily large volumes of replacement parts and the accompanying inventory. Similarly, MJF parts can easily replace discontinued or expensive replacement parts for existing equipment. These parts can even be customized to improve their function.
To go into more depth about all of the benefits and guidelines for 3D printing, we put together an informative Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Guide to help you get started thinking about 3D printing.
Quality from Start to Finish
RapidMade offers a range of custom finishing options on all of our products, and our HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing services are no exception. From sandblasting and clear coating to custom painting, we’ve got it covered.
Custom finishes can improve your parts aesthetics, durability and function, adding additional resistance to abrasion, UV radiation and electrostatic discharge. Check out our Industrial Finishes page for the full list of ways we can make your products stand out.
Fusion Technology Applications
Combining multiple components into a single assembly
Replacing injection molded parts, metal and plastic castings
Replacing metal components
Customized parts for automation
Validating product design
Tooling for thermoforming
Blow molding, reaction molding and casting
Interactive marketing tools
ESD/RFI ratings and conductive properties
Get Started with Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Today!
Whether you are developing a new project or are ready to start production, RapidMade can help you get it done better, faster and at less cost. Our contract engineering services and custom manufacturing solutions are available for every stage of your product life cycle.