HP Inc. announced today that it;s opened the doors for its new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. It says the new facility is one of the world’s largest and most advanced research and development facilities for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a fusion of technologies that include digital and 3D-printing technologies.
The new Center features 150,000 square feet of “cutting-edge innovation space,” according to HP, and is about the size of three football fields.
The three-acre facility at HP’s Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of HP’s industrial 3D printing portfolio and provides a large-scale factory environment to enable HP to collaborate with customers and partners on the digital manufacturing technologies revolutionizing their industries.
Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc., commented: “HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centers on earth – it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation. We are bringing HP’s substantial resources and peerless industrial 3D printing expertise together with our customers, partners, and community to drive the technologies and skills that will further unleash the benefits of digital manufacturing.”
The new Center of Excellence is said to unite hundreds of experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and 3D printing and digital manufacturing applications in what is believed to be the world’s largest population of additive-manufacturing specialists in one location.
Specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and R&D groups, customers, and partners, the new facility is said to integrate flexible and interactive layouts, co-development environments, and fleets of the latest HP plastics and metals 3D production systems for more rapid and agile product development and end-to-end solutions for customers. Companies such as BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer-goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the Center.
The 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence also reflects HP’s commitment to the environment by incorporating a photovoltaic canopy to provide 110kW of power, rain-water reuse for irrigation and sanitary purposes, HVAC and natural light optimization, and eco-friendly construction materials with a goal of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. At a company level, HP’s goal is to use 100-percent renewable energy in its global operations over time, with a target of 60 percent by 2025.
Other existing HP innovation locations are in Corvallis, Oregon; Palo Alto, California; San Diego, California; Vancouver, Washington; Barcelona, Spain; and Singapore, where HP recently launched a groundbreaking collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.