HP has chosen Sculpteo as one of their first French partners to work with their 3D printing technology, HP Multi Jet Fusion. This innovation allows 3D printing of plastic parts up to 10 times faster than with other technologies.
The HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology
Created for production, the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology is designed to 3D print prototypes and finished products, in small to medium quantities.
How does it work? A printer head deposits selectively some drops of fusing agent and of detailing agent on a powder bed, then an infrared light heats these parts to allow fusion. The detailing agent is used to obtain fine details and a smooth surface.
One of the major innovations of this process is that it needs less heat to fuse the material. As a result, the cooling time is faster than with the SLS technology. Moreover, the building box can be removed from the 3D printer, so it can cool outside of the printer, and another production batch can be launched right away. This process produces 3D printed parts up to 10 times faster than other 3D printing techniques.
Solid Black Plastic, the first material available for this 3D printing technology
For now, this 3D printing process is only available for one material: Solid Black Plastic, but more 3D printing materials should be unveiled in the next months.
Solid Black Plastic is a 3D printing material developed by HP, created from a black polyamide powder. It has a good elasticity and a high impact resistance. Moreover, it's highly resistant to chemicals, like hydrocarbons, ketones, alcohols, detergents, fuels, aldehydes, mineral bases and salts, detergents, fats, and oils. This 3D printing material is great either for beginners or experimented professionals due to its low cost and high precision.
This black polyamide is a mass-colored material. Thus, it's highly resistant to scratches and abrasion. HP's Solid Black Plastic is also stable to weather, UV stabilized and light stabilized. For now, the only finishing option available on Sculpteo's online 3D printing service is to keep the raw material. The surface is already relatively smooth, allowing the making of high-quality 3D printed parts.
Source and top image: Sculpteo
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