Rapid+TCT event in Chicago, USA, May 2-4, the company announced enhancements to its software, service and materials offerings, as well as offering new automation solutions.
“Companies large and small, in markets around the world, are turning to 3D printing for faster, more flexible, more personalised, and more resilient and sustainable production,” said Didier Deltort, president of Personalisation & 3D Printing, HP Inc.
“It’s promising to see the development of so many game-changing 3D printed applications across automotive, consumer, healthcare, and industrial, but to disrupt industries, these parts must be manufactured at scale. To help our customers scale effectively and efficiently, HP remains laser focused on delivering industrial hardware, supplies, software, and services supporting the entirety of the digital production workflow from application design to final parts production.”
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Expanded software & services, including sintering simulation
The HP Digital Production Suite now features expanded software products designed to help customers develop metals applications more quickly and easily, with HP 3D Digital Sintering and HP 3D Process Development software each supporting the commercial Metal Jet S100 Additive Manufacturing machine.
HP 3D Digital Sintering is an AI-enhanced simulation of the sintering process that provides feedback on the outcome of a sintered part and enables application engineers to pre-compensate part geometry to improve the dimensional accuracy of the finished product. This helps reduce time, cost, and speed of final part production by eliminating the need for a build and test approach.
The HP 3D Process Development software is said to democratises process development and give customers insight into the science of Metal Jet through access to open process parameters and build reports. The software enables users conduct guided experimentation and optimise applications.
To help both polymers and metals customers optimise part development and scale production, HP is collaborating with other software providers to integrate Factory IT and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions. The also company provides customers access to a variety of professional and financial services through its HP Professional Services. These include support for design (DfAM), application development, and AM factory set-up.
HP is also collaborating across the post processing ecosystem to ensure customers have access to a broad range of alternatives from providers including AM Flow, AMT, DyeMansion, and Rösler Group AM Solutions.
To improve workflow automation on the AM factory floor, HP reports that it is working closely with long-standing partner Siemens on a proof-of-concept demonstration. The concept features new automation products integrated with Siemens Automation Hardware and industrial Software, for example Siemens SIMOVE for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) in flexible Production Systems.
The project is active in the company’s Barcelona DFactory which is a hub for HP collaboration with partners and customers on R&D, application development, and production use cases.
Endeavor 3D adds HP’s Metal Jet S100 solution
HP also announced it was promoting several of its current Digital Manufacturing Network (DMN) members to its exclusive group of HP Digital Manufacturing Partners (DMP) to meet the growing demand for final parts production. More than 60 members around the world are now providing manufacturing services and enabling OEMs to build their digital supply chain.
The recently promoted members include Athena, Endeavor 3D and The Technology House (TTH). It was announced that Endeavor 3D is expanding its HP-enabled manufacturing services in its factory in Douglasville, Georgia, adding HP’s Metal Jet S100 solution to its existing fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 and 5420W systems.
“Adding HP’s Metal Jet capabilities to our manufacturing services enables us to provide more to our customers,” stated Phil Arnold, CEO, Endeavor 3D. “Top-down, our expert engineering team believes that this technology will help manufacturers reshore production and we are excited to be a major player in that supply chain.”
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