Since 2012, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing takes place on the first Friday in October called National Manufacturing Day, or MFG DAY. Companies and other community organizations all plan events to showcase modern manufacturing for the public, and hopefully inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This year, there were over 2,700 events around the US to celebrate Manufacturing Day on Friday, 6 October, including ones centered around additive manufacturing – Freshmade 3D tested out its new material with a 3D printed bowling ball for the occasion, and in honor of MFG DAY, HP Inc. has shared with us a focus on several new service bureaus that are gaining manufacturing momentum through adoption of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing technology.
As you have likely heard many times, 3D printing technology is playing a large role in transforming manufacturing as we know it. We have heard directly from the CEOs of companies like Deloitte and HP Inc. that the technology is set to disrupt the global industry.
“Digitization is both a disruptor, a natural disruptor as well as a great opportunity and it is not just 3D printing. We are seeing it with robotics. We are seeing it with artificial intelligence and it is the confluence of all of that that makes this such a great time to do it,” said Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen.
“We are truly here to change the world, a 12 trillion dollar industry that is ripe for disruption and from my vantage point that disruption has three dimensions to it, speed from design to prototyping, all the way to manufacturing.”
“When you 3D print, complexity is free and that enables you to change the design in a very, very different way, and so now companies all around the world can think very differently about how they manufacture for their customers in the future,” Dion Weisler, HP’s CEO, said.
“What we have the opportunity here to do is disrupt a 12 trillion dollar manufacturing industry'¦There is a meaningful way to make a very broad impact on the way companies all around the world design, procure, manufacture and deliver their products to customers all over the world because with everything that is going on with connected factories, with robotics, with AI and with 3D printing. All of those things when you combine them enable manufacturing to happen anywhere in the world.”
One of the 3D printing service bureaus that recently adopted HP’s MJF technology is Ohio-based Aerosport Modeling and Design, which has been producing high-quality prototypes, working models, machined parts, and appearance models since 1996. The company recently partnered with HP to add some important services to its repertory: award-winning MJF technology.
Last week, Geoff Combs, the owner Aerosport Modeling, said, “Aerosport has provided customers across all industries the compelling, affordable prototyping services for more than 20 years. In keeping with our commitment to offer the most innovative technologies and competitive pricing in the market, we are proud to be the first service bureau in Ohio to offer HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology. HP has developed a game changing 3D printing solution that will enable Aerosport and our customers to produce production quality parts like never before.
“As we recognize the impact of the manufacturing industry this week with National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, I believe the best is yet to come. With access to disruptive technologies like HP Multi Jet Fusion we are embarking on the future of manufacturing and entirely new business opportunities.”
Aerosport is using HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer to take down the barriers its customers may feel are preventing them from entering the world of additive manufacturing and enjoying high-quality functional parts and faster build speeds.