In the last two weeks, we've made vast improvements to our offerings and services. This December, our key updates include:
- The launch of HP Multi Jet Fusion
- A new checkout page
- Improvements to the injection molding quoting process
- Automatic registration
- And more
HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Launch
HP Multi Jet Fusion is now available in our Instant Quoting Engine to give you another excellent option for 3D printing your custom parts.
HP Multi Jet Fusion is very similar to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in that it allows for the production of high precision, geometrically complex, and durable nylon parts. Multi Jet Fusion is distinguished, however, by its ability able to reduce printing time by approximately 20 to 40 percent. This cuts down overall production time and offers greater cost savings at higher quantities.
HP Multi Jet Fusion works by using 2D printing ink-jetting to deposit a fusing and detailing agent onto a cross section of plastic particles. These particles are then sintered with a heat bar. This process allows for higher precision and quicker production because the detailing agent, a black ink, is heat absorbent and is able to fuse each layer quickly with less thermal bleed. Try HP Multi Jet Fusion for rapid prototyping and end-use, low production volume nylon parts.
Our New Checkout Page Is Live
Before, our checkout page featured an open layout, which meant some customers had difficulty finalizing their order if they accidentally missed a step in the checkout page. We have now changed the layout to help customers move through the process in four clear steps. A prominent summary section also displays on the right throughout the checkout process.
If customers and those they share their quotes with need to make edits to their order, they can now navigate back to their quote using the “Review items” link.
Injection Molding Improvements
We’ve made a number of changes to our injection molding process to efficiently communicate the details of an order with you. Now in our online platform, we can specify details about your quote, including:
- Whether the tool is a production or prototype tool
- Projected number of units that tool will be able to produce over its lifetime
- Standard injection molding tolerances for both parts and tools
You are now also able to view and select new options, including:
- From a list of "Material Additives" to differentiate from 3D printing “Additive” manufacturing
- Quantity options of 250, 750, 1000, 1250, 2000, 2500, 5000, 10000 or a custom value
- A default finish of matte D-3 instead of as-machined for a more consistent cosmetic finish
We now automatically register users when they enter their email address on the quote page and get their first quote. This means after you create your first quote, you will receive a email to confirm both your quote and user registration. From the email, you can then update your password and view your confirmed quote in a new page. Registering after you create your quote allows you to access your quote history and share quotes with colleagues.
- When you upload a CAD file and then change the manufacturing process, your drawing will no longer be removed from the quote
- We now offer first article inspections and source inspections as an add-on to your order
- We’ve updated the FDM size limit to 36” x 24” x 24” to match the actual build volume of our FDM machines
That's it for now! Have other suggestions? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.