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HP Announces 3D Printing Expansion

By SME Media Staff
HP Metal Jet printers being used for mass production of 3D printed metal parts. (Provided by HP)

HP Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., announced that it is adding new materials and expanding its 3D printing services.

“We are continuing with our strategy,” said Ramon Pastor, interim president of HP’s 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing.

During a media briefing, he said the company is “doubling down” on 3D printing.

“The world, I think, is watching us,” he said.

HP announced the following key steps:

Expanding a partnership with BASF to bring out polypropylene (PP) for additive manufacturing. The material is intended to help design and produce 3D printed parts faster. The new "High Reusability PP" is durable, chemically resistant, and has been qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D printing systems, according to HP. It is targeted to customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical sectors.

A door defroster vent used in automobile ventilation systems that was printed with HP 3D HighReusability polypropylene, enabled by BASF. (Provided by HP)

“It’s an important addition to our portfolio,” Pastor said.

The PP material was developed for HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series printers. The company said it has the same properties as commonly used PPs in injection molding. 

HP said the material can be used for piping, fluid systems, and containers. Automakers will be able to use the same PP for prototyping and production of final parts found in vehicles’ interior, exterior, and under-the-hood, according to HP.

An expansion of the HP and BASF alliance to jointly develop new applications with customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial and medical industries. With the new PP and the recent introduction of the ULTRASINT TPU01 thermoplastic polyurethane, the companies are working together to accelerate the design and mass production of 3D printed parts.

Boosting professional services to consult with customers on adopting 3D printing and expanding output of parts made with additive manufacturing.

HP said the services include design optimization for breakthrough applications, manufacturing process streamlining to enable mass customization and scale production, and application identification and discovery services.

Expanding its digital manufacturing network. New members of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network include Jabil Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., a design engineering services firm, and Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, which provides software solutions and 3D printing services for medical and manufacturing. Also, Fast Radius Inc., Chicago, a provider of additive manufacturing solutions, has qualified as a new member of the network, which includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe. 

Air duct used in automotive, home appliances and industrial air manifolds. Printed with HP 3DHigh Reusability polypropylene, enabled by BASF. (Provided by Oechsler)

Forming a new alliance with Oechsler AG, Ansbach, Germany, an engineering solution provider and one of the largest parts manufacturers in the additive industry. The alliance will span the product lifecycle, from application design to production of final parts, according to HP.

Oechsler is using a fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series printers in its Ansbach factory and an extensive materials portfolio to help automakers, consumer electronics companies, home and commercial appliances, and medical device providers produce a variety of new applications.

The new applications will be enabled by the new HP 3D High Reusability PP as well as ULTRASINT TPU01 thermoplastic polyurethane, according to the companies. Oechsler is also the first to use the joint post-processing solution developed by Rösler for the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series.

HP also announced that golf club manufacturer Cobra Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has selected HP Metal Jet for its entry into 3D printing.


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