resume confirmed that strong momentum continues for HP’s core 3D printing technologies with over 100 million MJF parts produced cumulatively with HP’s planar polymer powder bed fusion process. Automotive is one of many industries undergoing a digital transformation with a rapid transition to electrification, increasing vehicle connectivity, supply chain localization and supplier consolidation. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, is the first automaker to use HP Metal Jet 3D printers to produce fully functional 3D printed structural parts.
“The last 18 months of economic, political and healthcare volatility have been a watershed moment for the industry. The benefits of additive manufacturing are materializing as companies around the world seek to bring new products to market faster, improve supply chain resilience and adopt new business models,” said Didier Deltort, President of personalization and 3D printing, HP Inc. “HP is excited to join our partners and customers at Rapid + TCT to showcase new innovations and applications, especially as we celebrate a milestone of over 100 million parts printed on Multi Jet Fusion.
Automotive 3D printing drives the industry forward
HP works with dozens of automakers, suppliers and manufacturing partners around the world to design and develop durable MJF parts from prototyping to production.
“Every day we see growing traction and more mature 3D printed applications in many different industries, especially automotive,” said Guayente Sanmartin, global head of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion business. “Automakers are moving forward by expanding their use of 3D printing, replacing traditional tooling with 3D printed versions, rapidly iterating with working prototypes, designing entirely new custom components, and developing short-term production of final, fully functional parts. Our customers take advantage of the industrial-grade capabilities—efficiency, repeatability, part quality, cost effectiveness and more—provided by Multi Jet Fusion to capture these growing opportunities.
Highlights of HP’s collaboration with major automakers include:
Ford Motor Company: The market for highly personalized customer experiences is growing and HP will showcase a variety of proof-of-concept 3D printed accessories for the 2022 Ford Maverick truck and the new Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS) open accessory platform . HP and Ford are also pioneering a sustainability partnership to reuse 3D printed materials and turn them into vehicle parts.
General Motors: produced a variety of final Multi Jet Fusion parts, including HVAC ducts for its Cadillac V-Series, cooling ducts for the C8 Corvette, and other parts used for design iteration, prototyping, and service .
Nissan: SOLIZE Corporation and HP have partnered with Nissan for the on-demand production of discontinued replacement parts for Nissan’s NISMO Heritage Parts program, an exciting new offering for NISMO enthusiasts worldwide.
volkswagen: VW incorporates the final parts produced by HP Metal Jet for the A-pillar of the T-Roc Cabriolet. Structural parts have passed crash test certification and weigh almost 50% less than conventional components.
“Leading automakers like Volkswagen are leveraging HP’s 3D printing solutions to transform traditional manufacturing and scale-up into mass production,” said Ramon Pastor, global head of HP’s 3D metals business. . “HP Metal Jet can help customers unlock innovative new designs and ultimately produce better performing parts much more efficiently.”
100 million MJF coins
As HP continues to lead the industry towards production, the company revealed that over 100 million MJF parts have been printed cumulatively with HP 3D printers working with hundreds of global customers and partners around the world. .
Recent milestones and breakthrough applications for MJF parts include:
- Production partners: Major service bureaus continue to invest in HP Jet Fusion multi-unit installations to expand their production capacity.
- Drawing on its fleet of 34 HP Jet Fusion printers, Forecast 3D manufactures a critical component for Syng’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning Triphonic speaker.
- Custom color plans to add more than 30 HP Jet Fusion printers to its existing fleet.
- Avid, JawsTec and Weerg are also expanding to meet customer demand, adding dozens of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers to their current portfolio and producing entirely new applications.
- HP 3D-as-a-Service (3DaaS): Introduced in 2019, HP launched its 3DaaS business models to help customers transition to mass production by unlocking capital flexibility and improving business agility . The model has proven extremely beneficial during the volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic and is increasingly being adopted by HP’s customer base.
- Cobra Golf: Using both HP Multi Jet Fusion and HP Metal Jet, Cobra Golf is the first golf manufacturer to bring high performance 3D printed golf clubs to market.
- Hyundai Motor Group: Supporting the Korea Archery Association, Hyundai used HP Multi Jet Fusion to produce highly customized 3D-printed grips that helped Korean men’s, women’s and mixed teams win gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Games held on July 23.
- Savage Automation: The company uses HP Multi Jet Fusion to print highly customized 3D printed end of arm tooling (EOAT) for high-end injection molding applications. CEO Richard Savage will present with HP at Fabtech 2021 to be held alongside Rapid+TCT, highlighting the benefits of the HP platform for material handling solutions.