FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I buy an HP machine
through Hawk Ridge Systems?
Hawk Ridge Systems has dedicated engineers who operate, install, and
service these systems every day. We know the in-depth tips and tricks to
truly get the most out of these machines and we help our customers do the
What post-processing is required
for HP Multi-Jet Fusion?
Unpacking the build and bead blasting parts are the two required
post-processing steps with MJF.
How safe are HP 3D printing
Both the equipment and materials being printed are safe to handle with
little to no PPE. At Hawk Ridge, we operate our systems without any PPE
unless we are unpacking a build that is hot, then we use heat-resistant
How easy are HP systems to use?
HP systems are very forgiving, especially when it comes to print
orientation. There are very few design rules to follow, making it
versatile for parts of all shapes and sizes from tiny details <.5mm all
the way to large pieces that fill most of the build volume.
How does HP Multi-Jet Fusion
compare to FDM or SLA printing technology?
HP Multi-Jet Fusion typically provides much higher quality looking and
feeling parts compared to FDM and typically has much better strength and
durability compared to SLA. There is no competition on the print speed of
FDM or SLA compared to HP.
I am looking to replace injection
molded parts with 3D printed parts. Is HP a good fit?
HP part quality is such that it is very difficult for most people to tell
that it is printed. The surface texture on a raw part is typically rougher
than injection molding, but this can be solved through vapor smoothing
parts or by adding a coating such as paint or clear coat. The part cost
and print speed of the systems can keep up with injection molding for low
to mid-volume quantities in many cases.
What facility requirements do I
need to install an HP system?
Power, space, and compressed air are the main considerations for an HP
system. Ventilation from the machine is optional depending on your working
environment. Reach out to the Hawk Ridge team for a Site Preparation Guide
to learn more.