HP launched its Multi Jet Fusion system globally in mid-2016 and has been successful in taking this technology to different locations since with 65 resellers and counting. 2017 saw a major expansion across the Asia-Pacific region including India with a well received soft-launch of the technology at the Inside 3D Printing Mumbai show in partnership with Imaginarium
HP officially introduced the much awaited technology at their launch event in Delhi with an announcement that they have secured two new partnerships with distributors within the country – Imaginarium and Andriotec are the latest resellers to distribute Multi Jet Fusion technology.
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The Indian 3D Printing Network had the privilege of being present for the live demonstration of the first HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer in India held at the Imaginarium premises in Mumbai. We think that this is an important step forward for the 3D Printing industry and community in India. Mr Aditya Chandavarkar, Co-Founder, Indian 3D Printing Network had a conversation with Alex Lalumiere, Director, APJ Client Sales for 3D Printing, HP Asia Pacific on the side lines of the launch event at Imaginarium.
Aditya Chandavarkar: How does HP technology fit into the current AM scenario in India ?
Alex Lalumiere: HP brings a manufacturing focus for completely transforming Additive manufacturing
and believes that the 5 pillars of their technology are Quality, Price, Speed, Support and Reliability. Since the MJF technology is a production technology the need for quality support and reliability are paramount and HP with its established base in India with its existing successful Inkjet business is ready to provide an unmatched customer service and support to the market. We also believe that this technology will help in supporting the government plans to boost manufacturing in India and Make in India.
AC: What can we expect from the HP and Imaginarium collaboration in 2018 ?
AL: First of all let me tell you that we are quite impressed with approach at Imaginarium to always stay ahead of the curve and innovate at all stages. Our aim is to jointly promote this cutting edge technology to both both small and large companies, alike to further the growth of AM in India. The idea is to combine the technology expertise at HP and the unique problem solving ability of Imaginarium to provide customised solutions. We look forward to a great year in India for Additive Manufacturing.
The launch of the HP MJF opens up an interesting chapter in the 3D Printing Story in India. With the scale and reach of HP, it is bound to create an positive impact on the 3D Printing ecosystem in India with more mainstream companies standing up and taking notice.