CARLSBAD, Calif.—Forecast 3D, a privately-held 3D printing service provider for prototyping and production, recently added two of HP’s Jet Fusion 5210 Pro industrial 3D printers and will be offering a new elastic material (TPU) option, BASF’s ULTRASINT™, the company reported.
The newest additive manufacturing advancement from HP Inc., the 5210 system, is said to be enabling access to more applications and markets that require increased accuracy and repeatability for high volume production of parts. With improved speed, the 5210 system brings increased productivity for production environments, enabling Forecast 3D to deliver end-use 3D printed parts in quantities of millions faster than ever, the company said in a press release.
“We have been leading the Multi Jet Fusion movement for the last two years and now, to keep up with business growth, we want to have the latest equipment and materials,” said Forecast 3D Technical Director Ken Burns, in the release.
Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, has historically been known for producing prototypes. For large-scale production, traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding would previously be used to produce high volumes of end-use parts, requiring prohibitively high startup costs and long lead times. However, in recent years, with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and its high speed and robust mechanical properties, final parts can be printed exceptionally faster, the company said. With 26 Multi Jet Fusion systems, Forecast 3D said it has the capacity to print millions of parts in four different materials, enabling companies to accelerate their product development cycle.
“We’re excited to be a part of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” Burns added. “The transition to digital manufacturing is changing the way companies design, innovate, and get their parts. It’s really rewarding to see how quickly product developers are recognizing these benefits and taking advantage of what these technologies can solve for today.”
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, which was developed by BASF. The new TPU is said to produce flexible and elastic parts with quality and performance not commonly 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.
“Elastomeric parts produced with 3D printing exist today but nearly all the materials are only prototype-grade,” Burns added. “We believe this new TPU developed by BASF will add a much-needed solution to the marketplace.”