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How to Design for HP Multi Jet Fusion

With HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology, the printing processes and quality of materials allows for exceptional freedom of design and level of detail, especially compared to traditional manufacturing processes.


As with all 3D printing technologies, there is a set of recommendations to follow when designing for HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to ensure parts and features are printed to specification, as well as to leverage the full potential of the advanced printing processes. 

Design Essentials 


Expect a dimensional accuracy of +/- 0.3% (with a lower limit of +/- 0.3%)

Bounding Box 

This represents the largest model we can manufacture in one piece. As with injection molding, a larger part can be digitally cut and printed in smaller parts, which can be re-connected after printing.


284 x 380 x 380 mm


x + y + z greater than 9 mm

Wall Thickness

Walls that do not meet the minimum measurements risk damage in the cleaning and printing process. They are also prone to warping during printing.

Min. supported wall thickness

0.4 mm

Min. unsupported wall thickness

0.5 mm


"Wires" are sections that are long and narrow. Supported wires are connected at 2 ends. Unsupported wires are connected at only one end.

Min. supported wires

0.4 mm

Min. unsupported wires

0.9 mm

Surface Detail

Min. embossed detail

0.2 mm high & wide

for readable text - 0.5 mm wide, 0.3 mm high

Min. debossed detail

0.2 mm high & wide

 for readable text - 0.4 mm high & wide

Escape Holes

Because Multi-Jet Fusion uses layers of powder to build parts, excess powder can be trapped in hollow models. The powder can be left in the hollow piece, or "escape holes" can be added so pressurized air can be used to blast out excess powder.

Diameter of single escape hole

4.0 mm

Diameter of 2+ escape holes

2.0 mm


Clearance is the space between parts that are built in place, such as in a ball-and-socket joint or hinge.

Minimum clearance

0.6 mm


Sprues are wires that join multiple parts. To minimize the risk of breaking during the cleaning process they should be thicker than the minimum wire thickness.

Sprue minimum thickness​

2.0 mm 

HP Design Guides

Best Practices

What you need to know to optimize your design for MJF. 

Interlocking Parts

Design for interlocking parts, such as chains and chain mail.

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Design for Accuracy

Learn how to achieve maximum accuracy with your part design.

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Hinge Design

Learn more about hinge design for  3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion.

Design for Aesthetics

Learn how to design and print parts for optimal appearance.

Design for Cleaning

Learn how to facilitate the cleaning process and minimize printing cost. 

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