At Formnext: HP to showcase new Metal Jet production parts from John Deere, Multi Jet Fusion enhancements for plastics production including white parts, strategic collaboration with materials ecosystem and post-processing, and new recycling programme
John Deere, a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery uses 3D printed metal parts
New HP Jet Fusion 5400 Series enables white parts for innovative applications
Strategic partnership for integrated finishing for Multi Jet Fusion customers
New materials development and recycling programme
HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) will showcase its new Jet Fusion and Metal Jet commercial 3D printing solutions at Formnext, the world's largest additive manufacturing event. In addition, HP is coming up with other highlights: These include, for example, new post-processing functions, an expanded material roadmap and a recycling programme. The trade fair appearance is rounded off by a large number of industrial production applications. At Formnext, HP will debut its new HP Jet Fusion 5420W - including the ability to produce parts directly in white - and the fully modular HP Metal Jet S100 solution, including a new application from John Deere.
"Additive manufacturing is meeting today's most pressing market needs with innovations in sustainability, hyper-personalisation of parts and manufacturing resilience," said Didier Deltort, president of personalisation & 3D printing, HP Inc. "Together with our industrial 3D printing solutions and our global network of partners and customers, we are scaling additive manufacturing to meet these needs."
New Metal Jet S100 production application
Launched in September, the HP Metal Jet S100 solution enables industrial customers such as Domin Digital Motion, Lumenium and Schneider Electric to achieve higher productivity, lower part costs and superior quality. John Deere, the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment, uses Metal Jet technology to produce a valve in a tractor's fuel system.
Together with GKN, John Deere uses the HP Metal Jet to produce printed valves for its agricultural machinery. In addition to significant productivity gains and environmental benefits, the high-quality part is also functional in extreme weather conditions. John Deere is also using HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology to optimise its production process. The company uses 3D-printed prototypes to test and fine-tune components and parts such as windscreen brackets. This has reduced pre-assembly from 30 to ten days, delivery times by up to ten weeks and overall production costs by 20 to 25 per cent.
"Our focus on innovation and sustainability is at the core of everything we do for our customers," said Dr Jochen Müller, Manager Global Digital Engineering at John Deere. "We are proud to be among the first in the agricultural industry to take advantage of 3D printing for both prototyping and parts production. By using industrial 3D printing platforms for plastics and metals, we are discovering a number of ways to deliver more efficient, reliable and sustainable equipment."
HP introduces the new Jet Fusion 5400 series
To enable completely new production applications, HP is expanding its portfolio with the new HP Jet Fusion 5400 Series and is directly introducing the first model in the series: the HP Jet Fusion 5420W Solution. The printer enables consistent, high-quality production of white parts ideal for consumer, industrial, automotive and healthcare markets. The solution offers customers the benefits of HP's robust, production-ready Multi Jet Fusion platform, including industrial-grade reliability, low cost per part and improved manufacturing predictability. Customers manufacturing the new white applications include DI Labs, Prototal and Weerg.
The result of HP's commitment to providing its customers with innovation, technological advancements, professional services and flexible business models has been significant growth in part production. Since announcing the 100 million Multi Jet Fusion parts milestone at Formnext last year, more than 70 million additional parts have been printed in the last twelve months.
In addition to the new white applications, HP is showing a variety of production parts from different industries, including applications from General Motors and Smith:
GKN Forecast used its HP Jet Fusion fleet to 3D manufacture 60,000 spoiler end seals with BASF ULTRASINT® TPU01 (thermoplastic polyurethane) for General Motors. Innovative steam polishing and drying processes developed by AMT eliminated a bottleneck, halved production time and were used to finish the parts: This eliminated the need for post-print colouring. The seals close the gaps on the left and right sides of the rear spoiler, improving finish and fuel efficiency. The spoiler end seal recently won first prize in the Additive Manufacturing category at the 51st annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards.
Manufactured with Multi Jet Fusion technology, Smith I/O MAG Imprint 3D eyewear, highlights the possibilities of hyper-personalisation, providing a custom fit based on the individual features of a person's face. Named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2022, the goggles eliminate light leaks, air gaps and hot spots for premium performance on the slopes.
Ecosystem collaboration - materials and post-processing
HP continues to work closely with partners such as Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lubrizol on materials development. This includes Lubrizol's new ESTANE 3D M88A TPU, a flexible and highly resilient material that enables complex geometries and grid structures.
To advance post-processing, HP and AMT announced a new strategic alliance to provide customers with seamless, fully automated post-processing support across the entire 3D printing production workflow. Together, the companies will help customers more efficiently and cost-effectively integrate and apply post-processing functions such as unwrapping, cleaning, surface finishing, colouring and quality control for applications made with HP printers.
HP also announced a new strategic alliance with AMT to provide customers with seamless, fully automated support across the entire 3D printing production workflow for post-processing functions. Together, AMT and HP will help customers integrate and apply post-processing features more efficiently and cost-effectively. This includes features such as unwrapping, cleaning, surface finishing, colouring, sporting and quality control for applications produced with HP's industrial Jet Fusion 3D printing portfolio. This also applies to the new HP Jet Fusion 5420W. Oechsler, one of the leading industrial technology companies, is the first to take advantage of the partnership to develop a range of applications.
"At Oechsler, we work with companies that share the same vision as us. This enables us to achieve the best results. Together, HP and AMT are developing a comprehensive approach, from printing to an integrated post-processing solution. This is a crucial step for the introduction of additive manufacturing on a large scale," explains Matthias Weisskopf, General Manager OECHSLER Motion.
In addition to its partnership with AMT, HP is working with the entire post-processing ecosystem to ensure that customers have access to a wide range of suppliers including AM Flow, DyeMansion and Rösler Group AM Solutions. DyeMansion offers advanced post-processing options for Multi Jet Fusion customers, including surface finishing and colouring for white parts produced with the new Jet Fusion 5420W solution.
HP 3D printing - commitment to sustainability
3D printing is increasingly being recognised as a means to more sustainable manufacturing. AM Power's recent Sustainability of Metal Additive Manufacturing report confirms that jetting metal binders is one of the most sustainable production methods compared to traditional manufacturing. As an active member of the Additive Manufacturing Green Trade Association (AMGTA), HP is committed to promoting sustainable manufacturing practices internally and across its ecosystem of partners and customers.
Globally, companies of all sizes and industries, including HP's network of manufacturing partners, have underscored the importance of sustainable manufacturing practices. In response, HP is offering its customers a new Virtucycle® recycling and buyback programme from Arkema. The programme allows interested HP customers to sell used PA11 and PA12 powders and printed parts instead of disposing of the materials through costly, environmentally harmful processes such as landfill or incineration.