Today at Rapid+TCT, HP (Booth 4618) announced new automation solutions and expanded materials, software, and services to help customers scale 3D printed parts production. HP has also promoted several of its current Digital Manufacturing Network (DMN) members to its exclusive group of HP Digital Manufacturing Partners (DMP). In addition, Endeavor 3D is adding Metal Jet capabilities to its existing Multi Jet Fusions (polymers) manufacturing services.
“Companies large and small, in markets around the world, are turning to 3D printing for faster, more flexible, more personalized, and more resilient and sustainable production,” said Didier Deltort, president of Personalization & 3D Printing at HP. “It’s promising to see the development of so many game-changing 3D printed applications across automotive, consumer, healthcare, and industrial, but to disrupt industries, these parts must be manufactured at scale. To help our customers scale effectively and efficiently, HP remains laser-focused on delivering industrial hardware, supplies, software, and services supporting the entirety of the digital production workflow from application design to final parts production.”
Automating production workflows
As customers scale, AM workflows become more complex. To help simplify these increasingly complex workflows, improve productivity and quality, and reduce costs, HP is introducing two new automation solutions for Multi Jet Fusion customers.
- HP Jet Fusion 3D Powder Handling Automation Solution: a pneumatically connected, closed-loop material processing system to minimize labor, provide cleaner, more efficient material flow, and enable quality control and operational traceability.
- HP Jet Fusion 3D Automation Accessory: designed for customers with high-volume production demands, provides automatic build unit exchange for two consecutive prints without requiring manual support. In addition to minimizing idle time between print jobs and reducing requirements for manual labor on nights or weekends, the accessory is automation-ready for further integration into factory configurations with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
To push the limits of workflow automation on the AM factory floor, HP is working closely with long-standing partner Siemens on a proof-of-concept demonstration. The concept features HP’s two new automation products integrated with Siemens automation hardware and industrial software, for example, Siemens Simove for AMRs in flexible production systems. The project is active in the Barcelona-based DFactory, which is a hub for HP collaboration with partners and customers on R&D, application development, and production use cases.
Expanded materials, software, and services
Along with its industrial 3D printing hardware, HP is developing or partnering on innovative materials, software, services, and post-processing solutions. To enable a broad range of applications across industries, HP continues to work closely on materials development with partners, including Arkema, BASF, Evonik, and Lubrizol. This includes general availability of the new Estane 3D M88A TPU, a flexible and highly durable material that enables complex geometries and lattice structures.
To help polymers and metals customers optimize part development and scale production, HP is offering a portfolio of software products within its HP Digital Production Suite and is collaborating with other software providers to integrate Factory IT and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions. The HP Digital Production Suite now features expanded software products designed to help customers develop metal applications more quickly and easily. HP 3D Digital Sintering and HP 3D Process Development software each support the commercial Metal Jet S100 Solution.
- HP 3D Digital Sintering: AI-enhanced simulation of the sintering process provides feedback on the outcome of a sintered part and enables application engineers to pre-compensate the part geometry to improve the dimensional accuracy of the output. Helps reduce time, cost, and speed of final part production by eliminating the need for a build-and-test approach.
- HP 3D Process Development: democratizes process development and gives customers insight into the science of Metal Jet through access to open process parameters and build report. Provides ability to conduct guided experimentation to optimize applications.
To accelerate the path to production and reduce barriers to entry, HP Digital Production Services provides customers access to a variety of Professional and Financial Services. HP Professional Services includes support for design (DfAM), application development, and 3D printing factory set-up. HP Financial Services leverages partner programs to provide flexible financing and business models, including leasing and subscription options.
HP is also collaborating across the post-processing ecosystem to ensure customers have access to a broad range of alternatives from providers, including AM Flow, AMT, DyeMansion, and Rösler Group AM Solutions.
Partner and customer momentum
To meet the growing demand for high-quality final parts production, HP continues to expand its DMN. More than 60 members around the world are providing high-quality manufacturing services and enabling OEMs to build their digital supply chains. The DMN includes Digital Manufacturing Partners (DMPs) and Multi Jet Fusion Production Professionals.
HP DMPs are a select group of premier parts service providers certified by HP through onsite assessment to ensure they are equipped to meet the highest standards for manufacturing expertise, part quality, and reliability. HP has recently promoted Athena, Endeavor 3D, and The Technology House (TTH) to DMP. Endeavor 3D is expanding its HP-enabled manufacturing services in its factory in Douglasville, Georgia, adding HP’s Metal Jet S100 Solution to its existing fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 and 5420W systems.
“Adding HP’s Metal Jet capabilities to our manufacturing services enables us to provide more to our customers,” said Phil Arnold, CEO of Endeavor 3D. “Top-down, our expert engineering team believes that this technology will help manufacturers reshore production, and we are excited to be a major player in that supply chain.”
To learn more about HP’s DMN visit www.hp.com/go/DigitalManufacturingNetwork.
HP at Rapid+TCT
Visit HP Booth 4618 to learn more about HP’s new solutions, services, software, and materials and see the latest production applications. HP will also participate in several thought leadership panels at the event, including:
- ‘How to scale your AM operations’ featuring Duygu Gunay, product manager, HP Personalization & 3D Printing, on Wednesday, May 3 at 10:15 a.m. CDT in Room W474B.
- ‘Communicating More than Just Geometry for Additive Manufacturing with 3MF’ featuring Arvind Rangarajan, global head of software and data, HP Personalization and 3D Printing, on Thursday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. CDT on the McCormick Place – West Building main stage.