System for High-Volume 3D Printing
The combination of this new machine and expansion of materials are said to raise the economies of scale for 3D printing.
HP is expanding its 3D printing portfolio with the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution. Designed for industrial-scale manufacturing environments, the solution is said to lower operating costs while increasing production volume capabilities. According to HP, the system raises the break-even point for large-scale 3D manufacturing to 110,000 parts and provides a lower cost-per-part (CPP) compared to other 3D printing methods.
The new solution includes hardware and firmware upgrades for existing Jet Fusion systems to improve overall system efficiency and enable continuous operation, including a new processing station capable of handling higher materials volumes. Customers who purchase the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution will also benefit from shared service contracts and lower pricing on its engineering-grade 3D printing materials and agents, the company says.
HP has also announced the expansion of its Open Materials Platform with new partners Dressler Group and Lubrizol, as well as three new forthcoming 3D printing materials, HP 3D High Reusability PA 11 and HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads, and the future availability of HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene.
HP 3D High Reusability PA 11 is suitable for producing low-cost, high-quality functional parts with impact resistance and ductility for prostheses, insoles, sporting goods, snap fits, living hinges and more. HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads is intended for producing low-cost, high-quality functional parts with dimensional stability and repeatability. It is said to be ideal for applications requiring high stiffness like enclosures and housings, molds and tooling.
The yet-to be released HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene will offer a durable low-cost material with enhanced flexibility and excellent chemical resistant, lightweight and watertight capabilities. According to the company, the new materials, developed at its 3D Open Materials and Applications Labs, will broaden the uses and capabilities of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology and open new high-volume applications.
Analyzing directed energy deposition and powder-bed fusion provides a thorough understanding of the extra machining necessary for a “near net shape” versus a “net shape” manufacturing process.
With PCD tooling, yes it can. The diamond cutting edges demand a large number of flutes to realize their full effectiveness. Traditional methods for making cutter bodies limit the number of flutes, but 3D printing is delivering tools with higher flute density and other enhancements as well.
When Precision Metal Products purchased its first 3D printer last year, the company hoped to collapse both tooling costs and lead times. But the technology’s impact is reaching core business operations, enabling the shop to focus on higher-margin, lower-volume production.