Jabil, Forecast 3D to Install More HP 3D Printers, Expect to Produce Millions of 3D-Printed Parts

Today at North America’s largest 3D-printing conference, RAPID + TCT, HP announced new agreements with partners Jabil and Forecast 3D, under which Jabil will deploy 12 HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers in the United States and Singapore for the Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, and Forecast 3D will expand its fleet to 18 HP Jet Fusion 4210 systems, with the two expecting to produce millions of 3D-printed parts next year.

The announcements are part of its HP’s strategy to penetrate the $12 trillion global manufacturing economy with industrial-grade 3D printed parts – part of what it calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution  – an era the will blend the physical and digital worlds, and include 3D printing, as well as immersive computing.

Jabil Adds HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D Printers

Jabil is a U.S.-based global manufacturing company, with more than 100 facilities in 29 countries. It’s complementing its U.S.-based HP Multi Jet Fusion installation with six additional production-ready HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers in Singapore, bringing its total to a dozen HP 3D printers. The network of 3D printers underpins the new Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, enabling Jabil design and manufacturing teams to collaborate across multiple geographies, manage incoming orders, allocate jobs across resources, and produce end-products in the locations best suited for their supply-chain and distribution needs.

Currently, Jabil is using its network to unite product designers in Silicon Valley with Singapore-based manufacturing teams to accelerate the distributed manufacturing of products developed using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology – including parts for HP’s own 3D printers. More than 140 parts for HP’s Jet Fusion 300/500 full-color 3D printers are being produced by Jabil in what’s believed to be the most 3D-printed parts for any commercial product in the world.

John Dulchinos, vice president of digital manufacturing at Jabil commented,: “HP Multi Jet Fusion gives us the foundational 3D-printing platform we need to deliver truly industrial-grade, production applications for our globally distributed customers. Our aim is to harmonize the multiple regions, technologies, materials, and manufacturing workflows of the 4th Industrial Revolution and HP is an important partner in that effort.”

Forecast 3D Adds Six New HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D Printers

Forecast 3D, one of the oldest and largest privately held 3D manufacturers in the United States, is adding six new HP Jet Fusion 4210 solutions to expand its fleet to 18 systems in response to increasing customer demand.

Forecast 3D plans to produce several million end-use parts on HP’s 3D printers in the coming year, delivering commercial-grade applications for clients in multiple industries, including the medical, consumer goods, aerospace, defense, and auto sectors.

Corey Weber, CEO of Forecast 3D, commented: “Our customers across all industries have spoken – and they are looking for more of the speed, quality, and cost benefits for production applications unleashed by HP Multi Jet Fusion. We are investing in this important 3D-printing technology platform as we scale up to meet rising demand from international and domestic clients seeking to reinvent their product life-cycle.”

Stephen Nigro, president of HP Inc. 3D Printing, commented: “From multinational design engineering and manufacturing, to localized production, industry leaders such as Jabil and Forecast 3D are demonstrating 3D printing’s expanding role in the digital transformation of the $12 trillion global manufacturing economy. HP Multi Jet Fusion customers and partners represent critical links in a new value chain that’s rewriting the rules of design, production, and delivery, ultimately ushering in a new era of digital manufacturing.”

HP at RAPID + TCT

Attendees at the RAPID + TCT conference can learn more about the entire HP Jet Fusion portfolio, including the new full-color HP Jet Fusion 300/500 series, at HP’s booth 1330. HP’s Nigro will speak in the general session on Thursday April 26th at 8.30 am.

For more information on HP 3D printing, visit HP here.

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