HP Expands 3D-Printer Asian-Pacific Resellers as 3D-Print Customers Expand Applications

HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer and 3D-printed object.

HP Inc. reported on July 19th that it’s continuing to grow adoption of HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ),  expanding its APJ reseller community, with customers developing new HP 3D-printing applications.

HP reports that the APJ region represents nearly half of the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry. HP’s vision for 3D printing in the region is to empower companies to accelerate their time to market and compete more effectively.

By working together with leading manufacturers, materials suppliers, service bureaus, and software-design firms in the region, HP says it’s able to transform every step of the production chain: from design to workflow, to materials, fabrication, post-processing, supply chain, and to recyclability.

According to Richard Bailey, president of HP Inc. Asia-Pacific and Japan. “HP’s Jet Fusion 3D-printing solution is a production-ready, commercial 3D-printing system that delivers superior-quality physical parts up to 10-times faster and at half the cost of current 3D-print systems. We are committed to democratizing 3D design and manufacturing, unleashing new possibilities for millions of innovators around APJ. No matter the industry or the design complexity, the HP Jet Fusion series gives the freedom to create new parts without the constraints of traditional production methods.”

In the year since HP launched its 3D-printing business in APJ, HP has grown its customer installations and ecosystem of strategic partners such as DKSH, eVoke3D and Solize Products across China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea, India, and the South Pacific:

DKSH: DKSH Holding will provide HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions to customers in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, increasing the availability of the technology across Southeast Asia. DKSH, said to be the leading market-expansion services provider for technology companies in Asia, is HP’s first partner to distribute HP 3D printers in Malaysia.

HP says that with the HP Jet Fusion 4200 and 4210 Printing Solutions, customers will be able to reinvent how they prototype and produce functional parts at high-volume and lower cost per part. HP says the 3D printers also provide superior, consistent part quality, continuous printing, fast part cooling, and breakthrough productivity with minimal intervention.

SOLIZE Products: In collaboration with HP, SOLIZE Products has launched a consulting service for the production and management of spare parts for the automotive and consumer-electronics markets. The 3D-printed prototyping service provider and reseller of 3D printers is deploying HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions to produce final commercial parts, which is said to reduce the cost and burden on product manufacturers to manage and maintain molds and dyes needed for product repairs and parts-replacements. SOLIZE Products offers customers the option of using their production service or purchasing the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printing Solution with their operational support.

Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform: In June 2018, HP launched a new production-grade 3D-printing center in Foshan, China, one of the largest manufacturing markets in the world. The new Lanwan Intelligence – HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Centre will provide production-grade applications for major automotive and consumer-goods sectors, as well as for other industries in the Greater Bay Area of Southern China. The Center will exclusively use HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D-printing systems. This is HP’s largest deployment of production-grade 3D printers in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region, and HP says it will help to meet increasing demand for functional prototypes and production-grade parts in southern China.

Jabil: Complementing its U.S.-based HP Multi Jet Fusion installation, Jabil added six production-ready HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers in Singapore to unite product designers in Silicon Valley with Singapore-based manufacturing teams. Jabil, one of the largest product-solutions companies in the world, is using its Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network to accelerate distributed manufacturing of products developed using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, among them, parts for HP’s own 3D printers. More than 140 parts for HP’s Jet Fusion 300/500 full-color 3D printers are being produced by Jabil in what is believed to be the most 3D-printed parts for any commercial product in the world. The center in Singapore is the largest production setup in Asia.

Imaginarium: A certified HP 3D-printing reseller partner, Imaginarium is said to bring its expertise and knowledge of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology to customers deploying the solutions, as well as value-added services such enabling new applications and industry-leading response time and service quality. HP is planning to set up service bureaus with Imaginarium where HP 3D printing can be provided as a service. HP says the service bureau will make it easier for designers to test their prototypes, thereby increasing the pace of product innovation, accelerating product development, and opening up opportunities for mass customization.

New Applications Being Developed with HP Multi-Jet Fusion 3D Printing

Triple Eight Race Engineering: HP also reported that it recently became the official technology supplier for Australia’s Triple Eight Race Engineering,  the team behind the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Autobarn Lowndes Racing. HP says it will enhance the team’s capabilities via HP PC hardware, monitors, and data-transfer capabilities across each of Triple Eight’s three Supercars Championship entries. HP says the collaboration will also revolutionise Triple Eight’s 3D-printing capabilities, enabling car components to be engineered and printed in-house.

iOrthotics: Brisbane-based iOrthotics is the first orthotics manufacturer in the world to have completely transitioned from polypropylene milling to 3D printing (additive) manufacturing, which is a faster, more sustainable method for producing custom-made orthotic devices that are significantly stronger.

iOrthotics’ research with the University of Queensland in Australia helped determine that HP 3D printing would assist iOrthotics in developing products that are superior in quality, produced faster, and produced with almost zero waste. With the ability to extend its capabilities, the company is undertaking orthotic and prosthetic fabrication and offering a 3D-printing bureau service for engineering and industrial clients.

iOrthotics recently opened a center in Windsor, Queensland, in June to better scale their distribution and manufacturing functions. With HP 3D printing, iOrthotics has increased its production levels, and is said to be on its way to more than doubling its reach to 130+ clinics nationally. The company is also exporting its HP 3D-printed products overseas.

Mutoh Industries: The Japanese large-format printer manufacturer uses HP 3D printing to develop pen holders for its large-format printers. HP says the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer produces quality parts with significant cost savings compared to the traditional injection-moulding method Mutoh used previously – a method that HP says also produced parts that aged rapidly and becomes unusable. With HP 3D printing, HP says Mutoh is able to redesign the pen holder to be produced in two parts instead of in four parts, lowering the cost of production cost and inventory management.

Kinboshi Inc: HP says the maker of security and environment products for police, security, and building maintenance companies and geriatric facilities faced challenges making flexible design changes using traditional injection-moulding manufacturing processes due to long lead times and high costs. With the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer, HP says Kinboshi can develop designs in a day at the fraction of the cost, and are able to test their designs and prototypes with their customers before finalizing the designs. Kinboshi uses HP 3D-printing solution to develop a built-in cooling system in the uniforms of security guards to prevent heat strokes.

Partners interested in more information about joining HP’s Partner First 3D Printing Specialization program can connect with a local HP team member here. To learn more about becoming a certified HP Open Materials and Applications Platform partner, visit HP here

For more information or to schedule a visit to an HP 3D Printing Reference and Experience Center, visit HP at www.hp.com/go/3Dcontactus.

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