More 3D printing power

07 Oct 2020

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

A new HP Multi-Jet Fusion machine at 3DPRINTUK, the first of its kind in the UK, will give big improvements in part quality and repeatability.

The 5210 MultiJet Fusion (MJF) is HP’s most advanced system. It was supplied by Matsuura and represents the final stage of 3DPRINTUK’s  £1m expansion plan.

According to Nick Allen, 3DPRINTUK’s  CEO: “We’ve been watching MJF mature since 2015 and have been waiting for the right moment to add it to our offerings. We believe the time is right to invest in MJF as it now meets the demands of our customers and their applications with the 5200 series. It is important to distinguish the investment in the 5210 system over previous systems in the original 4200 series of machines because it marks a considerable step forward with the MJF process. This is based on our extensive in-house testing of parts from both series and there are big improvements with the 5210 in key areas such as part quality, repeatability, Z-axis scaling, heating control and accuracy.”

During the last decade, 3DPRINTUK has established itself as a provider of 3D printed polymer parts using polymer bed fusion (PBF) processes, specifically selective layer sintering (SLS). This has generated a wealth of experience and expertise that transfers extremely well to the MJF process and a move taken to meet client demands.

For batch production and highly functional parts using 3D printing both the SLS and MJF processes compare well with each other, with each tipping the other in a few key areas.

3DPRINTUK says that by running both SLS and MJF systems it is now in a position to deliver the very best polymer parts specific to clients’ individual applications.

Customers can either specify their chosen production systems or, utilising the expertise of 3DPRINTUK, make use of the company’s quoting system that will funnel priority requirements to ensure the best possible outcome in terms of the quality and functionality of the parts together with value for money and delivery times.