Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:21

3D printing will disrupt almost all aspects of manufacturing

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HP has released details at RAPID, the world’s largest 3D additive manufacturing conference, of what it claims is the first production-ready 3D printing system, scheduled for commercial delivery in late 2017.

Still the HP 3D Jet Fusion models 3200 and 4200 look impressive and appear to offer huge flexibility from prototyping to additive manufacturing. If you are keen, you can read Stephen Nigro’s blog here where he calls 3D printing the next industrial revolution. He says that by 2022, 3D printing will shift from prototyping and short-run manufacturing to a full-scale, production-ready technology. Companies that adopt 3D prototyping today will lead in production tomorrow.

Because this technology is so new and complex, iTWire has extracted relevant parts of a longer press release – call that subtractive printing below.

The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionises design, prototyping and manufacturing, and for the first time, delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems. By printing functional parts at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing), HP offers customers an unprecedented ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customisation.

“HP’s new 3D system is looking to reinvent the $100+ billion manufacturing industry in Australia and ignite the next industrial revolution by producing superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems,” said Robert Mesaros, managing director, HP South Pacific.

“We see a massive untapped opportunity in the industrial 3D printing market and anticipate strong adoption to reinvent industrial design and manufacturing. We have already deployed an end-to-end solution and are working with a wide range of leading manufacturers and co-development partners, such as Nike, BMW, Johnson & Johnson to optimise the technology.”

R&D to lead the industry

The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution leverages HP’s decades of research and expertise in precision mechanics, microfluidics and materials sciences. But no one company, not even one with HP’s expertise, scale or assets, can transform the global manufacturing industry. HP is proud to have the input and support of leading manufacturers, co-development partners and strategic partners, including Nike, BMW, Autodesk, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson, Materialise, Proto Labs, Shapeways and Siemens.

"At Nike, we innovate for the world’s best athletes. We’ve been using 3D printing to create new performance innovations for footwear for the past several years. Now we are excited to partner with HP to accelerate and scale our existing capabilities as we continue to explore new ways to manufacture performance products to help athletes reach their full potential,” said Tom Clarke, president of innovation at Nike.

“BMW is a pioneer and early adopter of innovative technologies in the field of additive manufacturing, especially for prototyping in concept cars and series-like approval builds. For our future roadmap toward serial part production and personal customisation, we see major potential in our partnership with HP to investigate this new kind of 3D printing technology at an early stage. As one of the first partners, we had the chance to see the constant evolution of the machines over time from the first prototype approximately five years ago to the market ready product that is available now,” said Jens Ertel, head of BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Centre.

End-to-End Solution

HP is offering two new 3D printers, designed for rapid prototyping and production.

•             The HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer is ideal for prototyping, offering improved productivity and the capacity to grow usage at a lower cost per part.

•             The HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer is designed for prototyping and short-run manufacturing needs, with high productivity to meet same-day demands at the lowest cost per part.

•             A synchronised set of tools includes intuitive software, an innovative HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling, and high-quality materials.

Materials and Software Open Platform to Unleash 3D Printing

HP and certified partners will collaborate to enable materials innovation and new applications for its HP Multi Jet Fusion Solution, leading to reduced 3D printing costs and faster industry adoption of 3D printing. HP is creating a 3D material app store and is already collaborating with certified partners including Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehmann & Voss, with plans to expand the open platform ecosystem over time.

HP has also collaborated with industry-leading software partners to make the design-to-print process easier and more intuitive. Partners include Siemens, Autodesk Netfabb and Materialise. Through its integration with key manufacturing software solution providers, HP is enabling deeper integration of 3D printing into manufacturing processes. HP is a founding member of the industry consortium that developed 3MF, an improved 3D printing file format. The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution is the first 3D printer to be fully compliant with this industry-leading standard.

Look to the Future

As HP expands its palette of materials and colours, customers will benefit from the ability to transform part properties at voxel level, giving unprecedented control and allowing limitless combinations of applications, colours, and materials with unique and as-yet-unimagined properties including:

  • The ability to print with embedded intelligence, like sensors in parts, is key to the Internet of Things.
  • The printing of parts with embedded information, like invisible traces or codes, will deliver a future of increased security and tracking for reinventing supply chains.

In the future, up to 50% of the custom plastic parts for the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers are expected to be printed and produced with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology versus traditional manufacturing methods.

Paired with innovation like Sprout by HP, complete digitisation of design through production will fundamentally disrupt traditional manufacturing. Digitisation and 3D printing can help revitalise regions across the globe that are balancing sustainability with industrial growth. Digitisation and 3D printing will reinvent traditional supply chains and create a “just in time” delivery model.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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