There is a lot of excitement around 3D MultiJet Fusion technology and what it might mean for engineers and manufacturers — and entrepreneurs! And we’re just as excited, here at Athena 3D Manufacturing.  So, let’s take a look at how 3D printing will change manufacturing as well as manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing

3D Multijet Fusion Technology is an emerging technology that is already showing tremendous benefits to engineers and manufacturers.  Here are just a few advantages to this 3D printing technology that is likely to change manufacturing over the next few decades:

  • Speed: HP’s MFJ 3D printer technology has clear advantages over standard CNC processes, especially for complex, feature rich parts.  First of all, there is no CNC programming time required, or fixtures to program and make. Second, different parts can be batched and printed together in the same job.  Third, the design iteration and testing phase can be done much faster with 3D printing technology.
  • Single Parts and Prototypes: Things…from electronics to bicycles…that are out of production can end up in the junkyard because of the lack of parts. Now, those parts can be replaced, and sometimes with even better replacements.
  • Iterative Design/R&D/Product Development: 3D MultiJet Fusion printing can greatly reduce the time it takes to design, test, and develop a new product by offering up fast iterations on that design, sometimes printing several iterations of the same part in the same print job!.
  • Assemblies and Alignments: 3D manufacturing truly shines in producing assemblies. Manufacturing these parts separately and then hoping they all fit perfectly together has been a headache for engineers for years. Now, the assembly can be manufactured as one part, which almost always reduces overall part count.
  • Reduction of Waste: With additive design/build, materials are not cut away from the product, like is the case with metal stamping. The additive process helps reduce waste and recycle other materials.  HP MJF technology is design to recycle unused powder for subsequent jobs.  
  • Design Freedom: With 3D printing, engineers are no longer tied to specific designs. In fact, new Artificial Intelligence software can iterate through multiple designs and find a solution that may not have been possible to create with non-3D manufacturing technology.

What about Jobs?

Jobs are changing. We all know manufacturing jobs have been on the decline since 1979, with humans being replaced by robots. However, 3D printing manufacturing jobs will grow as much as 30% over the next few years. With this emerging manufacturing technology, we expect new job titles, and we expect job roles to evolve as employees take on new skills.

Your Next Project

Find out how 3D Multijet Fusion manufacturing can help you with your next project. Feel free to stop by and see the shop and learn how we’ve helped other companies like yours achieve the benefits of 3D manufacturing. Contact us today or call 480-206-4128.