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FDM invests in HP MJF 3D printer

Posted 18 January 2018 · Add Comment

UK additive manufacturing company, FDM Digital Solutions, has invested in a cutting-edge HP additive manufacturing machine which will revolutionise the way end use components are manufactured, saving time, money and resources.



Because the HP Multi Jet Fusion is up to 10 times faster and cheaper to run, it is an industry game changer when it comes to low volume parts which would traditionally be manufactured by silicon / RIM tooling or even low volume costly injection moulding.

The HP MJF can produce hundreds of parts in a set build time which gives it a mind blowing volumetric build envelope advantage over any other current 3D printer. Given that a tool can cost in the region of £2-50k, this makes additive manufacturing cost effective for these low production volumes methods.

The Burnley-based company’s HP 3D printing machine is the only one in the UK commercially available specifically targeting the aerospace, automotive, F1 and consumer packaging sectors.

Graeme Bond, FDM Digital’s Technical Director, said: “As the go-to additive manufacturing specialists with the largest production capacity in the UK, we’ve always led the way when it comes to investing in future state-of-the-art technology to help our customers reduce lead times and costs, increase speed to market whilst adding design value to the products being produced thereby increasing their profitability margins for the long term.”

“We’re really excited about our investment in this printer.  This new technology combined with our in-house Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) training with time served engineering and laser scanning expertise, will help us deliver great results for all our existing and new customers - it’s going to be a real game changer during 2018!.”

Most automotive manufacturers have already embraced HP’s 3D printing machine.  Forecasters predict that by next year there will be cars on the road which contain between 20 to  30 parts produced using the new HP MJF technology.

The 3D Multi jet fusion machine is a powder bed fusion system.  It uses liquid fusing agents and binders to produce functional parts direct from 3D CAD. The unlimited design potential this offers will benefit any company designing and producing parts.

With its low waste and high-speed repeat build function and connectivity to cloud services, 2018 looks set to be the year in which the HP Multi Jet Fusion helps bring about a real shift in production thinking.
 

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