The new 300/500 system [Image: HP]

It was at the RAPID + TCT show two years ago that HP formally unveiled its groundbreaking Multi Jet Fusion technology, and the system has come a long way since then, integrating itself deeply into the 3D printing industry and changing the way we think about additive manufacturing. This year at RAPID, HP is further expanding the reach of Multi Jet Fusion with two new partnerships. Jabil will be deploying HP Jet Fusion 4210 systems in the United States and Singapore for the Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, while Forecast 3D is expanding its inventory to 18 4210 systems.

“From multinational design engineering and manufacturing, to localized production, industry leaders such as Jabil and Forecast 3D are demonstrating 3D printing’s expanding role in the digital transformation of the $12 trillion global manufacturing economy,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc. “HP Multi Jet Fusion customers and partners represent critical links in a new value chain that’s rewriting the rules of design, production,and delivery, ultimately ushering in a new era of digital manufacturing.”

Jabil is one of the largest product solutions companies in the world, with more than 100 facilities in 29 countries. The company has six MJF 3D printers in its US location already, and will be adding six more to its Singapore location, bringing the grand total to 12. These printers will boost the new Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, allowing design and manufacturing teams to collaborate across distance, manage incoming orders, allocate jobs across resources, and produce end-use products in the locations best suited for their supply chain and distribution needs.

At the moment, Jabil is using its new network to bring product designers in Silicon Valley together with manufacturing teams in Singapore to accelerate the distributed manufacturing of products developed using MJF technology. These include parts for HP’s own 3D printers. More than 140 parts for HP’s new Jet Fusion 300/500 3D printers are being produced by Jabil in what is believed to be the most 3D printed parts for any commercial product in the world.

“HP Multi Jet Fusion gives us the foundational 3D printing platform we need to deliver truly industrial-grade, production applications for our globally distributed customers,” said John Dulchinos, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing, Jabil. “Our aim is to harmonize the multiple regions, technologies, materials, and manufacturing workflows of the 4th Industrial Revolution and HP is an important partner in that effort.”

Forecast 3D is one of the oldest and largest privately held 3D printer manufacturers in the United States, and it is adding six new HP Jet Fusion 4210 systems, bringing its total to 18. The company plans to produce several million end-use parts on HP’s 3D printers over the coming year, for multiple industries including medical, consumer goods, aerospace, defense and automotive.

“Our customers across all industries have spoken – and they are looking for more of the speed, quality, and cost benefits for production applications unleashed by HP Multi Jet Fusion,” said Corey Weber, CEO of Forecast 3D. “We are investing in this important 3D printing technology platform as we scale up to meet rising demand from international and domestic clients seeking to reinvent their product lifecycle.”

RAPID attendees can learn more about Multi Jet Fusion technology at HP’s booth, #1330 this week. Nigro will be speaking in the General Session on Thursday, April 26th at 8:30 AM.

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