HP Inc., has opened a new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, said to be one of the world’s largest and most advanced research and development facilities for next generation technologies.
The new 14,000 m2 (150,000 ft2) centre will bring together hundreds of the world’s leading Additive Manufacturing and digital manufacturing experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design and applications, in what is believed to be the largest population of AM specialists in one location.
“HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centres on earth – it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation,” stated Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc.
“We are bringing HP’s substantial resources and peerless industrial 3D printing expertise together with our customers, partners, and community to drive the technologies and skills that will further unleash the benefits of digital manufacturing,” added Schell.
Specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and R&D groups, customers and partners, the new facility integrates flexible and interactive layouts, co-development environments and fleets of the latest HP plastics and metals AM production systems. It was added that companies such as BASF, GKN Powder Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new AM and digital manufacturing innovations at the centre.
HP stated that the Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of the company’s industrial AM portfolio and its investment in the new facility significantly expands its global AM and digital manufacturing footprint, enhancing existing innovation locations in Corvallis, Oregon; Palo Alto, California; San Diego, California; Vancouver, Washington; Barcelona, Spain; and Singapore.