It’s Here: HP Delivers Two Jet Fusion 3D Printers Designed to Reinvent Prototyping and Manufacturing
HP Inc., the PC and printing company, today announced what it’s calling “the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system for large-scale manufacturing,” the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200/3200, touted as providing “10 times the speed at half the cost of current 3D printers.” Nine companies, including Nike, BMW, and Johnson & Johnson, are currently testing the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, says Stephen Nigro, who runs HP’s 3D printing business.
The HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer is designed for prototyping, and is said to provide improved productivity and the capacity to grow usage at a lower cost per part, while 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. HP is also creating a 3D-material application store, and says it’s collaborating with such certified partners as Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehmann & Voss, with plans to expand the open platform ecosystem over time.
Designed to “reinvent prototyping and manufacturing,” HP says its new 3D printer assembly lines are mass-producing Nike sneakers and BMW car parts.
HP also introduced its Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling, as well as new software for preparing and monitoring 3D-printing projects.
“The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution delivers a combination of speed, quality, and cost never seen in the industry. Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers,”says Nigro.
Unveiled at the RAPID 3D-additive manufacturing conference, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution is said to leverages decades of HP research and expertise in precision mechanics, microfluidics, and materials sciences. By printing functional parts for the first time at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing), HP says it’s provided customers with “an unprecedented ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customization.”
“We want to change the way the world prints parts,” says Nigro, who previously ran HP’s $20 billion printing division. “Customers are looking at how to transform their (3D printing) business from prototyping to production.”
The printing system marks the first fruits of HP’s announcement in late 2014 to enter the 3D-printer market.
The HP 3200 and 4200 3D printers start at $130,000, and a $155,000 respectively, and include software. It says it co-developed the system with the nine companies that are its business partners so we could better “understand their pain points,” according to Nigro.
BMW plans to integrate HP’s 3D-printing system into future production of serial parts and personal customization, according to Jens Ertel, head of BMW’s Group Additive Manufacturing Center.
Nike has been using HP’s 3D printing for what it calls “performance innovations” for its footwear for several years, says Tom Clarke, president of innovation at Nike.