Protolabs introduces HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology

Protolabs, leading supplier of technology-enabled, rapid manufacturing services, announces the addition of Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. This production-grade 3D printing technology, developed by HP, builds fully functional plastic prototypes and parts with accelerated speed, detailed precision, and consistent mechanical properties.

HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology uses an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are then fused by heating elements into a solid layer. The technology’s unique approach to binding powder results in more isotropic material properties, faster build speeds, and, ultimately, lower costs compared to other powder-based 3D printing processes.

Protolabs now offers customers four industrial 3D printing processes which can produce plastic, metal, and elastomeric components in as fast as one day. Multi Jet Fusion technology is popularly selected for producing functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures, production-ready parts, and components that require high strength or temperature resistance.