HP Wants to Make 3D Metal Printing Ready for Mass Production

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HP launched its Metal Jet Technology for the cost-effective production of high-quality metal parts in large quantities. The 3D metal print technology’s first customers include Volkswagen.

It’s said to be the most advanced 3D printing technology for the high-volume manufacturing of high-quality metal parts that HP unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. The HP Metal Jet is designed to provide up to 50 times higher productivity at lower cost than other 3D printing methods.

HP is partnering with GKN Powder Metallurgy to use the new technology to produce functional metal parts for automotive and industry leaders such as Volkswagen and Wilo. GKN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of materials and products using powder metallurgy technologies. The company produces more than three billion components per year and expects to print millions of production-grade Metal Jet parts for its customers across all industries as early as next year.

Dion Weisler, CEO of HP, said: “The automotive, industrial and medical sectors alone produce billions of metal parts each year. Our new Metal Jet 3D printing platform provides the speed, quality and economics to enable our customers to rethink the way they design, manufacture, and deliver new solutions in the digital age.”

“The automotive industry is being revolutionized — not only do customers now expect personalization, but by 2025 the brands of Volkswagen Group will have introduced 80 new electric models,“ said Dr. Martin Goede, Head of Technology Planning and Development, Volkswagen. ” “A single car consists of six thousand to eight thousand different parts. A big advantage of an additive technology like HP Metal Jet is it allows us to produce many of these parts without first having to build manufacturing tools.”

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