Ahead of the Formnext 2019 additive manufacturing conference, HP announced a series new subscriptions and services to help customers more easily integrate 3D printing into their digital manufacturing strategies.
To further enable customers to transform their manufacturing, HP also announced a series of expanded industrial partnerships and is showcasing innovative new applications and use cases with industry leaders such as Siemens and Volkswagen.
“The journey to digital manufacturing requires much more than just technology. Customers want integrated solutions coupled with convenient capital models providing the predictability, transparency, and flexibility to quickly scale their businesses,” said Ramon Pastor, interim President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP Inc. “Our offerings lower the barriers to adoption for industrial companies to more easily deploy HP’s best-in-class 3D printing solutions. And these are just the first steps – we will continue collaborating with customers and partners to pioneer new models unlocking and accelerating the power of digital manufacturing.”
As HP’s customers scale to mass production with 3D printing, HP is providing a variety of new subscriptions to help them improve business agility and speed their transformation to digital manufacturing, including the new HP 3D as a Service (3DaaS). With this new business model, the base subscription service provides customers automatic replenishment of HP 3D supplies, simplified tracking of billing and usage, and reliable remote and on-site support services.
A new Pay-per-Build service – something that some other AM hardware providers are also considering or even already implementing to a limited extent – is available for the HP Jet Fusion 5200, HP Jet Fusion 4200, and HP Jet Fusion 500 series 3D solutions.
In addition, the new HP 3D as a Service (3DaaS) Plus subscription offering integrates hardware, supplies, and services. It has been tailored for customers looking to accelerate product life cycles with optimized in-house rapid prototyping and final part production. The initial 3DaaS Plus subscription starts with the HP Jet Fusion 340 solution, with additional 3DaaS subscriptions to be introduced at a later date.
HP is also further expanding its HP Digital Manufacturing Network with new partners Prototal in Europe and Solize in Japan. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network is a global community of digital manufacturing service providers with a proven capability for high-quality, high-volume
Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet part production
Customers around the world can access this distributed network of plastics and metals parts providers to quickly scale up parts production when and where they need. More than 18 million parts were produced with HP Multi Jet Fusion in the last 12 months alone.
During Formnext, Siemens and HP are also going to be showcasing new serial production-ready parts designed with two leading automotive industry suppliers. Leveraging the recently announced HP + Siemens additive manufacturing solution, automotive engineering expert EDAG has developed a topology-optimized active coolant distributor for electric vehicles. Adient, a global leader in automotive seating for all major automakers, is creating a new seat headrest optimized for size and light-weighting without compromising material strength and flexibility.