When HP unveiled its Multi Jet Fusion technology in 2016, it was immediately clear that this was a technology that was going to genuinely transform the industry. At the time, 3D printing was still largely a prototyping technology, but HP announced its intention to change that by offering a means of 3D printing end-use polymer parts on a large scale. How quickly things change – just two years later, the Wohlers Report 2018 states that the production of functional parts, including functional prototyping, is now the industry’s leading additive manufacturing use case and that the demand for production-grade parts is expected to grow exponentially.
Although other manufacturers have released 3D printers capable of creating functional parts, HP is in a true market leadership position, shipping more plastic production 3D printers than any other company in the world. Multi Jet Fusion technology has gone in two years from being a brand new introduction to being fully integrated throughout the industry, with more than three million MJF parts produced last year alone.
Today at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference, HP showcased some of the customers that have been implementing MJF on a large scale, as well as its own Reinventing HP with Multi Jet Fusion program. When you’ve developed a technology that changes manufacturing, you may as well use it yourself in addition to distributing it worldwide, and HP is announcing its intention to use MJF to transform the design, production and distribution of its own products.
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