FORECAST 3D, 3D printing service bureau, has installed two of HP’s Jet Fusion 5210 Pro industrial 3D printers. The company now supplies a new elastic material (TPU) option, ULTRASINT™ developed by BASF.
HP unveiled its newest AM technology on July 2019 along with new industrial partnerships. The 3D Printing system is said to improve manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production. The new 3D Printers would enable FORECAST 3D to deliver millions of end-use 3D printed parts.
“We have been leading the Multi Jet Fusion movement for the last two years and now, and to keep up with business growth, we want to have the latest equipment and materials,” stated Technical Director Ken Burns. FORECAST 3D now has 26 Multi Jet Fusion systems, and can now print millions of parts in four different materials enabling companies to accelerate their product development cycle.
With the new 5210 systems, FORECAST 3D will also be one of the first Digital Manufacturers to offer HP’s “new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT developed by BASF”. The new TPU produces flexible and elastic parts with quality and performance that has not really been seen in the 3D printing elastomeric marketplace. FORECAST 3D now offers four materials on the HP MJF platform – Nylon PA 12, PA 12 Glass Beads, PA 11, and TPU.
“Up until now, all of our digital manufacturing has been in rigid nylon polymers. With the introduction of this low-cost 3D printed TPU elastomer, we expect an increased amount of opportunities to come from the ability to achieve mass customization with a solution that can provide a softer custom interface with the body. Combining the comfort of an elastomer with the design freedom of 3D printing will allow companies to engineer parts that can provide better impact performance as well as improved ventilation when using lattice type structures. Another benefit of engineered lattice structures is lower weight, which typically further improves the performance of a product. Prosthesis, helmets, body armor, footwear, fashion and sports braces are just a few of the product lines that will really benefit from this technology,” President and CEO Corey Weber stated.
“Elastomeric parts produced with 3D printing exists today but nearly all the materials are only prototype-grade. We believe this new TPU developed by BASF will add a much-needed solution to the marketplace. Couple that with this material being launched on perhaps the most sophisticated 3D Printing production-grade printer available today and we have a real manufacturing solution,” Burns added.
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