HP launches world's most advanced 3D metal printing technology
Keeping its promise to infuse life into 3D metal printing and transform the $12 trillion manufacturing industry, tech giant HP Inc on Monday launched the worlds most advanced 3D printing technology for the mass manufacturing of production-grade metal parts.
"HP has helped lead the transformation by pioneering the 3D mass production of plastic parts and we are now doubling down with HP Metal Jet, a breakthrough metals 3D printing technology," said Dion Weisler, CEO and President, HP Inc.
The implications are huge as the auto, industrial and medical sectors alone produce billions of metal parts each year.
HP Metal Jet will start with producing stainless steel finished parts. In the first half of 2019, customers will be able to upload 3D design files and receive industrial-grade parts in large quantities from the new Metal Jet Production Service.
In an industry-first collaboration, HP is partnering with UK-based GKN Powder Metallurgy to deploy HP Metal Jet in their factories to produce functional metal parts for auto and industrial leaders, including Volkswagen and Wilo.
As new platforms such as electric vehicles enter mass production, HP Metal Jet is expected to be leveraged for additional applications such as the light-weighting of fully safety certified metal parts.
"By 2025, the brands of Volkswagen Group will have introduced 80 new electric modes," said Dr. Martin Goede, Head of Technology Planning and Development, Volkswagen.
HP is also partnering with California-based Parmatech, an ATW Company, to expand mass production of metal jet parts.
Parmatech is a world leader in metal injection molding and has been a metals manufacturing pioneer for more than 40 years.
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