Forward AM develops Industrial-Grade Polypropylene for HP MJF 3D Printing Solution to expand Strategic Alliance

industrial-grade polypropylene

The alliance enables shared commitment to sustainable production and acceleration of a more circular and low-carbon economy

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Above: Forward AM powder material sample/Image Credit: Forward AM

Forward AM, a brand operated under BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, and HP, the leader in industrial end-to-end 3D printing solutions, announced the expansion of their strategic alliance by launching of a first of its kind industrial-grade polypropylene (PP) for digital manufacturing – the HP 3D High Reusability PP enabled by BASF.

This new material has been qualified by HP for its Multi Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution that enables companies across industries to design and produce 3D printed parts faster, more cost-effectively, more sustainably, and at higher volumes than ever before.

Speaking about the new industrial-grade polypropylene material, François Minec, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions said, “The advancement of our long-standing partnership with HP truly demonstrates our shared vision to help transform industries, enable sustainable production, and enable our customers to shape the Additive Manufacturing industrialization.

Minec added, “The introduction of industrial-grade polypropylene (PP) is another important step as we collaborate on best-in-class materials to transform manufacturing. Our teams have worked closely to develop a high quality, sophisticated PP that fully leverages the advanced capabilities of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 platform – truly a win-win for innovative companies investing in the shift to digital manufacturing.”

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Above: 3D printed shoe soles made from powder materials/Image Credit: Forward AM

According to Ramon Pastor, Interim President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP Inc., “HP and Forward AM by BASF share a deep commitment to accelerating the shift to digital manufacturing by delivering innovative, sustainable solutions and materials that open up entirely new opportunities. The powerful combination of the world’s leading materials science and most advanced 3D printing capabilities yields superior quality, reliability, workflow, and cost savings for customers. From advanced prototyping to the production of final parts, we are excited about the impact this new PP will have for designers, engineers and businesses around the world.”

BASF and HP have a long history of innovating together. BASF is a foundational partner in HP’s 3D printing materials ecosystem and the two companies have collaborated on an array of sustainable and innovative materials including Ultrasint® TPU01 released last year. Developed for HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series, the new PP enables the 100 percent reuse of collected surplus powder, leading to less waste and more efficient production.

Already, Forward AM and HP are working with industry leaders including Extol, GKN/Forecast 3D, Henkel, Oechsler and Prototal to jointly develop new applications with the new PP on HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing systems. Polypropylene has historically been a highly desirable material in industrial manufacturing due to its low cost, colourability, chemical resistance and UV stability, with nearly unlimited use in the world’s leading vertical markets including consumer appliances and the automotive industry. The availability of a new additive material that replicates a traditional material used for a wide variety of auto parts found in vehicles’ interior, exterior, and under-the-hood offers significant advantages for auto makers.

Speaking on the effort by the joint collaboration between both the companies, Matthias Weißkopf, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Oechsler AG said, “We have been truly impressed by the joint effort between Forward AM by BASF and HP to help us accelerate our digital manufacturing initiatives.”

Weißkopf continued, “The introduction of new materials such as industrial-grade polypropylene enables us to quickly and cost effectively design, iterate and produce innovative new 3D printed parts for customers across industries. We expect a fast ramp up of entirely new applications that leverage the inherent advantages that 3D printing provides for auto makers, home and commercial appliances and the medical industry.”

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