HP Announces First 3D-Printing MDK to Encourage Development of New 3D-Printing Materials

HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.

HP Inc., which last week announced that it’s opened “world’s first 3D-open materials and applications lab” in Corvallis, Oregon, reported yesterday that it’s introduced the industry’s first 3D-printing Material Development Kit (MDK) to simplify testing and certification of new partner-developed materials for use with HP 3D printers, which are designed for manufacturing applications.

HP made the announcement at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference yesterday. It says the 3D-printing Material Development Kit is designed to expand the development, and lower the cost, of advanced 3D-printing materials and applications – a move it says is “a critical catalyst for the digital reinvention of the global manufacturing industry.”

The firm says that its open-platform model for 3D printing will help expand the availability of new materials, and will address a broader set of applications, as well as create new opportunities for parts-properties that meet specific industry needs.

Tim Weber, global head of 3D Materials and Advanced Applications at HP Inc., commented: “An open ecosystem of industry leaders is critical for greater innovation, breakthrough economics, and faster development of 3D-printing materials and applications. Our growing certified-partner network and leading-edge lab facilities are a testament to the progress we are making in spearheading a dynamic community of collaborators focused on delivering the most innovative and production-ready 3D-printing solutions.”

Industry’s First 3D Printing Materials Development Kit (MDK)

HP says it developed the 3D-printing MDK, in collaboration with SIGMADESIGN. It says the 3D-printing MDK will enable companies interested in certifying their 3D-printing materials to quickly test 3D powder “spread-ability” and compatibility with HP Jet Fusion 3D printers before submitting the materials to HP for testing. It says this will greatly simplify the testing and certification process, “leading to faster innovation cycles while achieving strict quality standards.”

Bill Huseby, president and CEO, SIGMADESIGN, commented: “HP is leading the evolution of 3D printing, from prototyping to production, and SIGMADESIGN understands how important each step of the manufacturing process is in this journey. Materials are at the center of successful manufacturing, and the combination of HP’s open platform and the ability to enable voxel-level control will help expedite the digital transformation of this multi-trillion dollar market.”

Huseby emphasized the importance of enabling materials-development and applications design with the right resources: “Many companies, both large and small, do not have the internal capabilities to execute their 3D-printing vision as quickly or as broadly as they’d like. We are proud to provide world-class foundational tools such as the MDK and in-depth design expertise for organizations ready to innovate using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology right now.”

HP expects to ship the MDK this spring, and partners can pre-order the kit beginning today by contacting mdk@sigmadzn.com.

BASF and Evonik Highlight Materials Development Innovations with HP

At the Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference, global materials leaders and existing HP partners, BASF and Evonik, shared details about new innovations being developed using HP’s open platform and the opportunity to work in HP’s new  3D Open Materials and Applications Lab in Corvallis, Oregon.

“At BASF, our goal is to enable customers to produce resilient and functional parts through the use of innovative material solutions,” said Kara Noack, Head of 3D-Printing North America, BASF. “Using the HP Open Platform and its one-of-a-kind testing lab in Corvallis to accelerate material development is helping to unlock the potential of 3D printing. The open platform gives BASF an opportunity to collaborate with customers, and together with HP, accelerate not only the material market, but also 3D-printing adoption within manufacturing.”

Noack also shared the advantages of working inside HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab, and the progress BASF is making on certified materials for use with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers.

“Based on BASF’s experience and R&D capabilities, we have been able to accelerate the development of materials with better mechanical properties by leveraging HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab,” she noted. “We have been able to develop multiple versions of thermoplastic elastomers including TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane, adding to an already comprehensive product portfolio. HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab is allowing us to provide a wider range of innovative materials to the industry.”

Evonik was the first partner to announce plans to commercialize a certified material for the HP Open Platform. Yesterday, Evonik shared details on the upcoming availability of VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, a PA-12 powder material introduced for use with the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer.

“In October, we announced successful certification of VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, and we are now excited to confirm initial availability in May, with the full commercial offering available for our customers shortly thereafter,” said Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, head of the Business Line High Performance Polymers at Evonik. “In only six months, leveraging the HP Open Materials and Applications Lab, our team has been able to develop, certify, and begin selling an innovative new material with significant property advantages.”

“Our collective efforts to reconstruct the way we go about 3D-materials development is founded in HP’s investment into its open platform, tools such as the MDK and the 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab,” said Kottenhahn. “The open approach to materials and applications of HP opens a bright future for our industry.”

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