HP, Inc., announced that it has launched HP Metal Jet – the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology for high volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts. The Metal Jet provides 50 times more productivity at a significantly lower cost compared to other 3D printing technology. The HP Metal Jet is already deployed by manufacturing leaders such as GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech for factory production of final parts.
Speaking about how the new HP Metal Jet will transform the manufacturing industry, Dion Weisler, CEO and President, HP Inc. said, “We are in the midst of a digital industrial revolution that is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry. HP has helped lead this transformation by pioneering the 3D mass production of plastic parts and we are now doubling down with HP Metal Jet, a breakthrough metals 3D printing technology.”
The implications are huge – the auto, industrial, and medical sectors alone produce billions of metal parts each year. HP’s new Metal Jet 3D printing platform unlocks the speed, quality, and economics to enable our customers to completely rethink the way they design, manufacture, and deliver new solutions in the digital age,” added Weisler.
About HP Metal Jet
HP Metal Jet is a groundbreaking, voxel-level binder jetting technology leveraging more than 30 years of HP printhead and advanced chemistries innovation.
The HP Metal Jet comes with a bed size of 430 x 320 x 200mm, 4x the nozzle redundancy and 2x the printbars, and significantly less binder by weight.
HP Metal Jet delivers greater productivity and reliability at a low acquisition and operational cost compared to other metals 3D printing solutions. HP Metal Jet will start with stainless steel finished parts, delivering isotropic properties that meet or exceed ASTM and MPIF Standards.
The new HP Metal Jet Technology is already transforming industries. For example, HP has already partnered with GKN Powder Metallurgy – world’s largest producer of materials and products using powder metallurgy technology to deploy HP Metal Jet in their factories to produce functional metal parts for auto and industrial leaders including Volkswagen and Wilo.
“We’re at the tipping point of an exciting new era from which there will be no return: the future of mass production with 3D printing. HP’s new Metal Jet technology enables us to expand our business by taking on new opportunities that were previously cost prohibitive,” said Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy.
“Our DNA and our expertise in powder production and metal part processing using digitally networked systems will enable us to drive industrialization across the whole additive manufacturing value stream. By combining the forces of HP and GKN Powder Metallurgy, we will push the productivity and capability of our customers to unprecedented levels based on the economic and technical advantages of HP Metal Jet technology.”
HP’s Metal Jet has also made inroads in the automotive industry. For example, Volkswagen, one of the largest and most innovative vehicle automakers in the world is also integrating HP Metal Jet into its long-term design and production roadmap.
“The auto industry is being revolutionized – not only do customers now expect personalisation, but by 2025 the brands of Volkswagen Group will have introduced 80 new electric models,“ said Dr. Martin Goede, Head of Technology Planning and Development, Volkswagen.
“A single car consists of six thousand to eight thousand different parts. A big advantage of an additive technology like HP Metal Jet is it allows us to produce many of these parts without first having to build manufacturing tools. By reducing the cycle time for the production of parts, we can realize a higher volume of mass production very quickly. That’s why HP’s new Metal Jet platform is a huge leap forward for the industry, and we look forward to raising the bar on what is possible to deliver more value and innovation for our customers,” added Goede when explaining how the company plans to produce innovating products using HP’s Metal Jet technology.
HP’s Metal Jet Technology is also reinventing the healthcare industry. For example, HP has already partnered with Parmatech – a world leader in metal injection molding to expand mass production of Metal Jet parts for customers such as OKAY Industries, Primo Medical Group, and others.
HP Metal Jet’s Pricing and Availability
Beginning from mid-2019, customers will be able to upload 3D design files and receive industrial-grade parts in large quantities from the new Metal Jet Production Service.
Commercial HP Metal Jet solutions are priced at under $399,000. HP will begin shipping the Metal Jet solutions in 2020 to early customers and with broad availability in 2021.
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