Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) Services

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is a highly accurate additive manufacturing technology combining short lead times with high output in terms of volume. MJF is popular because it offers good mechanical properties and a low part cost.
MJF parts

How MJF works

How MJF works

Multi Jet Fusion is a powder bed fusion technology that builds up the manufactured parts layer-by-layer.

First, a movable unit distributes a thin layer of thermoplastic powder. Another movable unit, moving in the orthogonal direction, is equipped with two infrared lamps and a dosing system for the agents to be distributed on the powder bed. The first lamp preheats the powder bed to just below the melting point. Unlike other additive manufacturing technologies, MJF does not require an energy-consuming laser.

Next, the fusing and detailing agents are then applied. Finally, another fusing lamp is attached to this moving unit, fusing the powder to the underlying layer where the fusing agent was applied. This fusing agent increases the absorption of the material for infrared radiation and ultimately causes the grayish discoloration of the components. The detailing agent evaporates during this process and ensures no surrounding powder melts onto the contour. This process ensures sharp edges and dimensional accuracy.

This process begins again for the next layer. 

MJF Use Cases

Multi Jet Fusion is usually used for prototypes and functional prototypes. This technology is especially suitable for prototypes that require good mechanical properties (e.g., prototypes for injection molding parts) or need to be used for testing. It is also capable of producing high-quality end-use parts. Plus, unused powder can partially be reused for the next production cycle

As most MJF materials are biocompatible, the technology is often used for orthotics and prosthetics.

MJF by the Numbers

Max Build Size
380 X 284 X 380 mm

Lead Times

Starting at 7 days
Minimum Wall Thickness
0.8 mm (material/geometry dependent)
Standard Color
Gray
Dimensional Accuracy
+/- 0.5% with a minimum of 0.3 mm

The two [MJF] prototypes we ordered from MakerVerse met all our requirements. This greatly benefits us, as getting our parts quickly helps us speed up our design and development process.

Martin Halama

Managing Director and Co-Founder at Hopper Mobility

Source Industrial-Grade MJF Parts

MakerVerse give you the flexibility to source parts however you need. Get instant quotes and quickly order parts with on-demand manufacturing. For sophisticated orders, our team of experts will work with you to develop, align and supervise a manufacturing quality plan from start to finish.

On-Demand Manufacturing

  • Instant quoting and DFM checks
  • Short lead times
  • Fast and intuitive order placement

Production Orders

  • Expert support from end-to-end
  • Comprehensive manufacturing and quality plan
  • Guaranteed quality meeting advanced specifications

Available MJF finishes

Blasted

An abrasive medium is applied to the component under high pressure. By using different media (e.g., corundum, sand or glass beads), functional (achieving a certain surface roughness) and optical (polishing the surface) finishing can be performed.

Color dyed

The plastic component is immersed in a water bath. The resulting chemical reaction causes the dye to penetrate the component. This provides homogeneous color gradient and an unchanging but more scratch-resistant surface.

Painted

Additional color is applied to the printed part, often by a professional spray-painting system. To get the desired output, the part is properly prepared through accurate cleaning and a clearcoat.

Sanded

Using sandpaper, sanding smooths the part and removes any obvious blemishes, such as support marks or blob. The chosen sandpaper depends on the layer height and print quality desired.

Sealed

The sealing process is performed with an aqueous solution to close the outer surface or skin of the part and fill in small pores. The sealing solution is either manually applied or dipped, depending on the part’s geometry.

Smoothed

In the smoothing process, the plastic component is reworked by a chemical reaction. The top layer of the component is dissolved by a medium in a solution bath and the result is a very smooth surface.

Tumbled

Parts are reworked by grinding media in a container, where they are deburred, finely ground, and polished by vibration or rotation of the container.

Popular MJF materials

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