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HP Partner Jabil Moves One Step Closer to a 3-D Future

John Dulchinos and the rest of his team at Jabil Circuit received their new Multi Jet Fusion 3-D printer from Hewlett-Packard back in June and, for months, they have fiddled with the technology. Process development. Characterization capabilities. Figuring out the limits of what, exactly, is possible, when you print as quick as 340 million voxels per second.

HP Partner Jabil Moves One Step Closer to a 3-D Future

The catch, of course, was that as an HP foundational partner, Jabil received the pre-production printer - perfect for tinkering, not so much for actual commerce.

“From a legal standpoint, we couldn’t technically make real parts on the pre-production unit,” said Dulchinos, VP of global automation and 3-D printing. “They wouldn’t stand behind the printer’s delivering at a level that would be considered parts that we could conduct commerce with.”

Now, though, Dulchinos and Jabil are ready to shift into a higher gear — and actual production — thanks to a pair of Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer production units. The new units can print about 10 times faster than any other 3-D printer currently available, potentially producing stronger parts, shortening cycles, even overhauling supply chains.

“These are the first printers that HP has delivered that can be used to produce real production-grade parts,” Dulchinos said. “They have the capability to produce parts that have a level of mechanical integrity, a level of finish and quality and speed that allows us to start to find use cases that move into thousands of units break-even points, and even tens of thousands of units break-even points.”

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The catch, of course, was that as an HP foundational partner, Jabil received the pre-production printer - perfect for tinkering, not so much for actual commerce.

“From a legal standpoint, we couldn’t technically make real parts on the pre-production unit,” said Dulchinos, VP of global automation and 3-D printing. “They wouldn’t stand behind the printer’s delivering at a level that would be considered parts that we could conduct commerce with.”

Now, though, Dulchinos and Jabil are ready to shift into a higher gear — and actual production — thanks to a pair of Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer production units. The new units can print about 10 times faster than any other 3-D printer currently available, potentially producing stronger parts, shortening cycles, even overhauling supply chains.

“These are the first printers that HP has delivered that can be used to produce real production-grade parts,” Dulchinos said. “They have the capability to produce parts that have a level of mechanical integrity, a level of finish and quality and speed that allows us to start to find use cases that move into thousands of units break-even points, and even tens of thousands of units break-even points.”

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HP Partner Jabil Moves One Step Closer to a 3-D Future