At formnext 2018, HP showcased HP Jet Fusion 3D printing applications across the transportation, industrial, medical, and consumer sectors, including PA-11 material applications. HP also announced a design-to-print workflow with Autodesk that will deliver generative design capabilities across the entire HP Multi Jet Fusion portfolio.
The HP 3D high-reusability PA-11 material lets customers produce strong, ductile, functional parts with enhanced elongation break and impact resistance. Some customers already producing PA-11 parts on HP Multi Jet Fusion include:
· Bowman International produced a ‘rollertrain’ cage, which uses rolling elements to “pin together” cage sections. The cage features a 70% increase in the load bearing capacity of its split bearings, and an increased work life of up to 500%, as well as equal strength on the X, Y and Z axes.
· OT4, a provider of orthotics, supports orthopedic technicians. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology enabled the production of a sleep helmet, a dynamic ankle foot orthosis and a finger orthosis with optimized ventilation and light-weighting without compromising material strength and flexibility.
· Consumer footwear and consumer goods are two segments taking advantage of HP Multi Jet Fusion materials expansion, including custom shoe heels by New Rock, and personalized phone cases by Freshfiber.
HP’s recently announced Jet Fusion 3D 300 / 500 series is a lower-cost solution that complements its existing industrial-grade solutions. Initial customers include:
· A-Dec, one of the larger dental equipment manufacturers, is using HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 300 / 500 series for prototyping, developing fixtures and jigs, and is now experimenting with the production of ultra-low volume service parts for select customers.
· Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Calif., is building accurate, durable parts from HP’s new Jet Fusion 3D 300 / 500 printers to create personalized experiences, including visually-appealing casts and corrective devices, custom devices, and interactive and personalized anatomical models.
· The University of Louisville is a leading educational institution for 3D printing based on its industrial/academic Rapid Prototyping Center consortium established in 1993 and its world-class 3D printing facility featuring capabilities across metals and polymers. The University team is using the HP Jet Fusion 3D 300 / 500 printers to produce prototypes and low volume end-use parts across a diverse application set as they serve many different departments in the university including the engineering, dental, and medical schools, and their external partners.
HP and Autodesk launched an integrated end-to-end additive design to print workflow for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion platform. Autodesk Fusion 360’s generative design capabilities can be used to develop optimized designs for HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Penumbra Engineering is leveraging this to design state-of-the-art ultrasonic sensing devices with accuracy and durability for companies such as Perceptive Sensor Technologies. In addition, Autodesk’s Netfabb provides support for a full-range of HP Jet Fusion 3D printers.
HP is also offering online resources. These resources include:
- I-AM Digital Talent Platform: As the 3D printing industry continues to evolve, businesses are facing the challenge of finding and retaining qualified employees. HP is offering its ecosystem access to the premier digital career growth platform for additive manufacturing. i-AM Digital helps connect employers with a highly engaged talent pool and also features case studies, informal learning, and training courses for those looking to break into the industry.
- 3D ExchangeNet (3DX): HP is a foundational sponsor of this marketplace focused on helping 3D printing businesses identify growth capital, investment, or buyout opportunities. 3DX also offers resources to help businesses develop strategic partnerships and training programs.
And HP will show its Metal Jet printer to the international audience at formnext. The Metal Jet is for the high volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts. According to HP, it provides up to 50 times more productivity at lower cost. GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech use the printer for the factory production of final parts. Customers include Volkswagen and Wilo and innovative vertical market leaders such as Primo Medical Group and OKAY Industries.
In first half of 2019, customers will be able to upload 3D design files and receive industrial-grade parts in large quantities from the Metal Jet Production Service. The parts will be produced by HP partners GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech. Technical, pricing, and availability information can be found at HP.com/go/3Dmetals.