Earlier this year, HP announced initiatives to bring 3D printing to scale in manufacturing environments. Today, the company revealed its next steps in that direction, in the form of the new HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution available in March 2018 and several new 3D materials. The company also unveiled a handful of new partnerships.
Ramon Pastor, general manager of Multi Jet Fusion for HP’s 3D printing business said:
What we will see is a huge change in the manufacturing paradigm. We will see a change from mass production to on-demand production, from commodity products to personalized products, from centralized production to distributed production, decreasing the time to market for new product and lowering the barrier of adoption of new manufacturing tools. It’s being driven by 3D printing.
Additive manufacturing has the potential to change the supply chain by accelerating innovation, reducing time to market, reducing excess inventory, and creating shorter supply chains. “As you know, we are at the start of 4th Industrial revolution, which is, in our view, one of the most profound transformations of business and society in the globe,” said Pastor. “It’s a massive global shift that will change the way we conceive, design, produce and distribute, consume nearly everything.”
The company claims that its system delivers the industry’s lowest cost-per-part (CPP), up to 65% less than other methods (notably the commonly used injection molding), as well as the ability to produce parts at scale. “HP’s Jet Fusion 3D systems have now reached a technological and economic inflection point that combines the speed, quality, and scalability needed to accelerate manufacturing’s digital industrial revolution,” said Pastor.
In addition, HP is tackling the need for a greater variety of 3D printing materials that are affordable and can meet the demands of a variety of specific end-user requirements. “Two of the key levers to bring 3D printing to next phase materials cost and materials breadth,” said Fabio Annunziata, director of 3D Materials & Business Development, of HP’s 3D Printing Business. “By bringing more players into the platform and increasing volumes dramatically, economies of scale will come in to drive efficiencies and reduction in printing cost.”
New printing materials developed in HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Labs include:
- HP 3D High Reusability PA 11 , for producing 3D parts for prostheses, insoles, sporting goods, snap fits, living hinges, and more.
- HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads , for applications requiring high stiffness like enclosures and housings, molds, and tooling; and
- HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene (commercially available in mid-January 2018), a chemical resistant, lightweight, and watertight material that can be used to create functional parts with dimensional stability and repeatability.
New materials partners include Dressler Group, which provides toll grinding manufacturing capabilities, and Lubrizol, a specialty chemical company. Under the agreement, the Dressler Group will support HP partners with powder development and production to aid in the development of new materials, Annunziata said. Other partners include Arkema, BASF, Evonik, Henkel, Lehmann & Voss, and Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN