HP Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) said today it’s introducing an industrial-sized 3D printer and expanding its offering of materials for additive manufacturing.
The company is bringing out the new Jet Fusion 3D 4210, a machine HP says can cut the cost of parts by as much as 65%.
The 4210 can process “large volume of materials, north of 1000 liters,” Ramon Pastor, general manager of Multi Jet Fusion, said in a Wednesday briefing held ahead of today’s announcement. The machine “enables continuous operation,” he said.
“We really believe the system is paving the way for industrial-scale 3D printing manufacturing,” Pastor said.
Also, the company said it has developed three new 3D printing materials intended to reduce the cost of additive manufacturing. They were developed at the company’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Labs:
— HP 3D High Reusability PA11 for uses such as prostheses and sporting goods.
— HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads, intended for housings, molds and tooling.
–HP 3D High Resuability Polypropylene for parts needing to be lighter and watertight as well as chemical resistant.
The company will “drive a significant improvement in economics,” said Fabio Annunziata, business director of 3D Materials for HP’s 3D printing unit. HP is seeking to make 3D printing competitive with traditional processes such as plastic injection molding.
HP last year introduced the Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and 4200 printers at SME’s RAPID show. The company has been expanding its 3D printing lineup, moving into metal printing.
Larger industrial companies such as HP and General Electric Co. (Boston) have increased their presence in additive manufacturing, where parts are printed layer by layer from a digital designs. Both have said 3D printing stands to grow rapidly as industry moves from mass production to more production by demand.
“In this journey, we have already disrupted the 3D printing market,” Pastor said. “We are looking to change the whole manufacturing journey.”
HP also said it has added Dressler Group and Lubrizol to its roster of partners helping to develop new 3D printing materials.