British 3D printing service provider 3DPRINTUK has completed an ambitious £1 million strategic expansion plan with the installation of a Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer from HP. The new system, the Jet Fusion 5210, was acquired through HP distributor Matsuura, and makes 3DPRINTUK the first service bureau in the nation to install the production-grade printer.
At its 10,000-square-foot facility in North London, 3DPRINTUK has built a reputation as a specialist in polymer powder bed fusion processes—especially SLS. Now the company is expanding its offering with the addition of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion process, which will enable it to meet a growing demand for parts and fulfill a broader range of applications.The company says it is now in a position to “deliver the very best polymer parts specific to clients’ individual applications.”
Nick Allen, CEO of 3DPRINTUK, said: “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.”
The installation of HP’s production system follows a series of other recent equipment investments, including two large-scale EOS SLS P396 systems and new DyeMansion systems for professional post-processing, including shot peening and new color options. The service bureau has also added a flexible SLS material to its portfolio.
3DPRINTUK customers can now choose which polymer-based additive manufacturing process they want to work with or 3DPRINTUK can provide insight based on its extensive knowledge of both. Its new MJF 5210, first unveiled by HP in May 2019, will enable it to take on more batch production for customers.