HP accelerates mass production via 3-D printing

Posted on 07 Dec 2018 and read 577 times
HP accelerates mass production via 3-D printing HP has announced new and expanded installations of its Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions to meet the growing world-wide demand for production-grade 3-D manufactured parts.

At the recent Formnext 2018 show, the company highlighted new applications in the transportation, industrial, medical, and consumer sectors.

It also announced the initial customers for its new award-winning HP Jet Fusion 3D 300/500 solutions — and a design-to-print work-flow with Autodesk, to enable “generative design capabilities across the entire HP Multi Jet Fusion port-folio”.

Christoph Schell, HP’s president of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing (www8.hp.com), said: “HP is accelerating the shift to 3-D mass production, enabling an exciting array of applications and helping customers to improve their businesses, as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution.

"Many industries such as automotive, which is going through its biggest transformation in more than 100 years, are looking to new technologies and strategic partners like HP to help them compete better in this time of change.

“We are working with innovators around the globe to change the way they design and manufacture with HP Multi Jet Fusion and our new Metal Jet platform, unlocking new applications, more manufacturing flexibility, and greater innovation, efficiency and sustainability across their product development lifecycle.”

As demand for 3-D printed parts continues to grow, HP is working closely with new and existing digital manufacturing partners around the world, as they expand their HP Multi Jet Fusion fleets.

For example, RecTech 3D — a China-based industrial contract manufacturer — is ‘leveraging’ the power of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to expand into a fullly fledged industrial Additive Manufacturing Center in Chongqing.

Together with HP, it intends to offer application and design expertise as well as training to customers and partners. RecTech 3D will begin by installing 10 HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 systems in early 2019, ramping up to at least 30 HP 3-D printing systems by the end of 2019.

Meanwhile, Forecast 3D — a leading US-based provider of 3-D printed parts for more than 20 years — now has 24 HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 systems in its ‘digital factory’.

Forecast 3D’s CEO, Corey Weber, said: “Our business continues to reap the rewards of leaning in early and going big with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Now with 24 machines, we are serving more customers than ever, running 24/7, and on target to produce millions of Multi Jet Fusion parts this year.”

Other companies currently using HP Jet Fusion 3-D printing solutions include GE Transportation, BMW Group, Volkswagen Group, Bowman International and OT4 — a leading provider of orthotics that “supports orthopedic technicians on their way to digital manufacturing processes”.

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