HP has confirmed it intends to move towards broader commercial availability of its Metal Jet Additive Manufacturing machine in 2022, as it continues to validate production applications with partners and customers. The company is exhibiting at Formext this week, and also announced it will be showcasing a number of new customers, expanded partner programmes and innovative production applications developed with its Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet AM platforms.
“3D printing is unlocking new levels of personalisation, business resiliency, sustainability, and market disruption,” stated Didier Deltort, president of Personalization & 3D Printing, HP Inc. “HP is excited to reconvene with the Additive Manufacturing community at Formnext. Together with our partners and customers, we will continue to pave the path to mass production with advancements to our Multi Jet Fusion platform, the commercial launch of HP Metal Jet, and investments in software, services, and partner capabilities.”
HP will also display a number of new parts built on its Metal Jet platform, and highlight progress with partners such as GKN and Volkswagen. Volkswagen is integrating HP Metal Jet produced final parts for the A pillar of its T-Roc convertible. The structural parts were reported to have passed crash test certification and weigh almost 50% less than conventional components.
The company is currently a finalist in the 2021 purmundus challenge, where the Metal Jet has been used in the production of a Cobra Golf putter.
“Our early Metal Jet partners and customers such as GKN, Parmatech, Volkswagen, Cobra Golf, and others, are successfully demonstrating our metals mass production advantage,” commented Ramon Pastor, Global Head of HP’s 3D metals business. “As we continue to advance our technology, materials, and capabilities, we remain on track to launch in 2022. We look forward to delivering industry leading efficiency, cost savings, and design freedom to help the industry accelerate and scale digital manufacturing.”
In addition to displaying a variety of HP Metal Jet parts at Formnext (Hall 12.1 Booth D61), HP and GKN will conduct a session, ‘Value Added Capability of HP Metal Jet Technology’ on November 18 at 2 pm at the TCT Introducing Stage.