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Proto Labs Using New HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers

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Proto Labs are among the first professional 3D printing service providers to adopt the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers.

With the announcement of the Multi Jet Fusion industrial 3D printers from HP last month, the additive manufacturing industry has been abuzz with the new capabilities of these new machines.

Professional 3D printing service Proto Labs is one of the first companies to test the new technology — together with other players like Shapeways — thanks to HP’s Open Customer Engagement Plan.

The digital manufacturer has been given early access so that they can conduct intensive product tests and share user feedback. In this way, the goal is to rapidly iterate and advance the new technology for all future users of Multi Jet Fusion.

HP says that, as a leading digital manufacturer with a huge amount of experience in industrial-grade 3D printing, Proto Labs were an obvious choice for testing out their new Jet Fusion 3D Printers. According to Stephen Nigro, President of HP’s 3D printing business:

“We are pleased to have Proto Labs as a customer, providing its input and manufacturing expertise to help us continue to advance the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution for our customers.”

Rob Connelly, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing for Proto Labs, added:

“The new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution looks like a truly exciting leap ahead in industrial-grade 3D printing. We at Proto Labs look forward to collaborating with HP to help develop this new platform that could result in higher productivity and quality at a lower cost.”

Proto Labs broadens their 3D Printing Portfolio

Proto Labs were founded in 1999, and have long specialized in producing small-batch injection-molded parts for designers and engineers, as well as rush orders for any prototyping needs.

However, the company has since diversified into other sectors like 3D printing and CNC machining, and have grown into one of the world’s leading digital manufacturers.

The benefit of the partnership with HP, and by extension the Multi Jet Fusion production capabilities, is that they can now provide their customers with much faster and lower costing prototyping solutions.

Direct metal laser sintering, stereolithography and selective laser sintering services are already offered to the customers, for example. But HP is confident that Multi Jet Fusion is faster, more affordable, and can produce higher quality parts.

As well as Multi Jet Fusion technology being added to their services lineup, Proto Labs will also be opening a 77,000-square-foot facility in Raleigh, N.C., later this year.

(Source: Engineering.com)

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