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For 23 years, Forecast 3D has been providing the latest 3D printing and short-run manufacturing services to engineers all over North America. As members of the HP Founders Club, Forecast 3D is now one of the first 3D Printing companies to offer the new additive technology, with 2 HP Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printers.

Within HP’s new 3D Printing technology, the MJF platform utilizes fusing and detailing agents over a powdered nylon 12 build area, with infrared lamps fusing an entire layer in a single pass, versus sintering each part individually with a pin point laser. With this method, the MJF technology can build geometrically complex parts up to 10 times faster than the commonly used SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) process. Furthermore, MJF produces high precision parts with robust mechanical properties, for functional prototypes and end-use parts that are more isotropic and boast a significantly higher Z-direction strength.

“We are very excited to be a part of this new era where 3D printing will actually become a common and feasible option for production parts. Since the majority of MJF machines will be going to companies that intend to use their machine for their own production, we couldn’t be more pleased to be one of the few to start providing parts to companies who either are waiting, aren’t ready, or don’t intend to buy a machine themselves,” stated Corey Weber, co-founder and CEO.

The machines arrived to Forecast 3D’s ISO certified facility in early April, and have been up and running since April 7th. Forecast 3D has been extremely busy 3D printing not only prototype but mainly production parts with this new service throughout the last month. The team is encouraging engineers to leverage this faster, more efficient additive technology for projects that can speed time to market by sending in files now, if they haven’t already done so, to secure their place in line.

“Our early adopting customers have been very pleased with MJF and its ability to speed their product development cycle. They are impressed that they can use this process for production and get parts with exceptional speed and quality.” Tim Collins, Vice President of Business Development added. “Being one of the first service bureaus to offer this new technology has all of us there at Forecast 3D very excited!"

 

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