HP has confirmed that strong momentum continues for HP’s core 3D printing technologies with more than 100 million MJF parts cumulatively produced with HP’s planar polymer powder bed fusion process. Automotive is among the many industries undergoing digital transformation with a rapid shift to electrification, growing vehicle connectivity, supply chain localization, and supplier consolidation. Volkswagen, the world’s largest auto manufacturer, is the first automaker to use metal binder jetting HP 3D printers (HP Metal Jet) to produce fully functional end-use 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 being realized as companies around the world look to bring new products to market faster, improve supply chain resilience, and embrace new business models,” said Didier Deltort, President of Personalization & 3D Printing, HP Inc. “HP is excited to join our partners and customers at Rapid+TCT to showcase new innovations and applications, particularly as we celebrate a significant milestone with more than 100 million parts printed on Multi Jet Fusion.”
Automotive 3D Printing Driving the Industry Forward
HP is working with dozens of automakers, suppliers, and production partners around the world to design and develop sustainable MJF parts from prototyping to production.
“Every day we are seeing growing traction and more mature 3D printed applications across many different industries, especially in automotive,” said Guayente Sanmartin, Global Head of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion business. “Automakers are forging ahead as they broaden their use of 3D printing, replacing traditional tooling with 3D printed versions, rapidly iterating with functional prototypes, designing entirely new personalized components, and expanding short-run production of fully functional final parts. Our customers are taking advantage of the industrial-grade capabilities – efficiency, repeatability, part quality, cost-effectiveness and more – provided by Multi Jet Fusion to deliver on these growing opportunities.”
Highlights of HP collaboration with leading automakers include:
Ford Motor Company: the market for highly personalized consumer experiences is growing and HP will be showcasing a variety of proof-of-concept 3D printed accessories for the 2022 Ford Maverick truck and the new Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS) open accessories platform. HP and Ford are also pioneering a sustainability partnership to reuse 3D printed materials and turning them into vehicle parts.
General Motors: has produced a variety of Multi Jet Fusion final parts including HVAC ducts for its Cadillac V-Series, cooling ducts for the Corvette C8, and other parts used for design iteration, prototyping, and service.
Nissan: SOLIZE Corporation and HP teamed 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 around the world.
Volkswagen: VW is integrating HP Metal Jet produced final parts for the A-pillar of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The structural parts have passed crash test certification and weigh almost 50 percent less than conventional components.
“Leading automakers like Volkswagen are taking advantage of HP’s 3D printing solutions to transform traditional manufacturing and scale to 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 Parts
As HP continues to lead the industry to production, the company revealed that more than 100 million MJF parts have been cumulatively printed with HP 3D printers in collaboration with hundreds of global customers and partners around the world.
Recent milestones and breakthrough applications for MJF parts include:
- Production partners: leading service bureaus continue to invest in multi-unit HP Jet Fusion installations to expand their production capacity.
- Leveraging their fleet of 34 HP Jet Fusion printers, Forecast 3D is manufacturing 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 pioneered its 3DaaS business models to help customers scale to mass production by unlocking capital flexibility and improving business agility. The model proved hugely beneficial during the volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic and is being increasingly adopted across HP’s customer base.
- Cobra Golf: using both HP Multi Jet Fusion and HP Metal Jet, Cobra Golf is the first golf manufacturer to commercialize high-performance 3D printed golf clubs.
- Hyundai Motor Group: supporting the Korean Archery Association, Hyundai used HP Multi Jet Fusion to produce highly personalized 3D printed grips which helped the Korean men’s, women’s, and mixed team capture gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo games held on July 23.
- Savage Automation: the company is using 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 be presenting with HP at Fabtech 2021 taking place in parallel with Rapid+TCT highlighting the advantages of HP’s platform for material handling solutions.