The 3D printing technology is rapidly expanding its presence in the market – it is quickly moving into the production process from the experiment and prototype stage of yesterday, thanks to their enhanced speed and reduced costs.
The revamped version of Fusion Jet Printer from HP best explains this. The giant in computers and printers’ business chose 3D technology to expand its market share by speeding up its supply chain process besides cutting down on costs and promising better customer satisfaction. The secret behind this remarkable results in reduced weight of printer, which means a lesser need for retooling and enhanced just-in-time component supply chain.
Laudable Journey of 3D Printing
3D printing is gaining immense popularity from the customers owing to the fact that complex components can be printed from multiple materials with the help of large and speeder printers.
The journey of HP Jet Fusion Printers started in 2016 when the company first released its first version. Notably, these printers were amazingly 10 times faster than those existed in the market at that time and that too at half of the manufacturing cost.
It was in 2017 that HP announced its Jet Fusion 3D 4210 printers as a printing solution for large-scale industrial and 3D manufacturing applications. These printers were empowered with the capacity to print tens of thousands of small components at a surprisingly faster rate and with enhanced quality.
With the success of this technology and the amazing response it received from the customers, the company took a big leap into improving its own supply chain by improving its own technology.
Technology Behind this Success
Today, more than half of the plastic parts needed for the Jet Fusion 4200 can be produced by its own 3D printing technology. Thanks to the engineers at HP for their efforts in redesigning the machines and components.
Stu Pann, Chief Supply Chain Officer at HP says, “Not only do we build this stuff, but we use it, and that’s how we see this evolving”.
More than 80% of global manufacturers have incorporated 3D printing at any stages of the manufacturing process – for prototyping or as a part of the production process, a report found.
Pann shares the amazing features of Multi Jet Fusion that imparts the capacity to print 1,000 pieces as against a material extraction technology that prints 36 gears in the same time. Multi Jet Fusion is designed to use powder material and specialized fusing agents that let it print bigger and more-complex objects at an increased speed. The technology too, promises its customers “structurally sound” pieces, thanks to the large bed embedded in the printer’s design.
HP Multi Jet Fusion series is definitely distinctive compared to its peers in the market. While a consumer printer prints dot-by-dot at a time, this 3D printer from HP prints tens of thousands of dots every single second and that too line by line. This means an absolute ten times faster rate of printing.
Not surprising that Vice President, Global Automation and 3D Printing, Jabil Circuit calls this 3D printing technology as “an optimal just-in-time manufacturing process”.