HP Inc. has opened a 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, bringing together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts in more than 150,000 square feet of cutting-edge innovation space to transform the way the world designs and manufactures. The centre is considered to be one of the world’s largest and most advanced R&D facilities for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
The facility at HP’s Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of HP’s industrial 3D printing portfolio and provides a large-scale factory environment to collaborate with customers and partners on the digital manufacturing technologies revolutionising their industries.
“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,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP. “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.”
The new centre unites hundreds of experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and 3D printing and digital manufacturing applications in what is believed to be the world’s largest population of additive manufacturing specialists in one location.
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 3D production systems to drive more rapid and agile product development and end-to-end solutions for customers. Companies like BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the centre.
HP Incorporated has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing journey. The company is expanding its industry-leading 3D printing portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, an industrial 3D printing system bringing new levels of manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production.
To further enable customers digitally transforming their manufacturing, HP is also expanding its strategic alliances with industrial leaders BASF, Materialise, and Siemens, and launching the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a new global community of proven, large-scale 3D printed parts providers.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes of doing business will unfold,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc.
HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution
The new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution brings together new systems, data intelligence, software, services, and materials innovations enabling customers to scale their 3D production and target business growth.
HP also introduced a new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT developed by BASF, to expand the breadth of final-parts applications for customers on the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series systems.
Numerous companies across the automotive, industrial, consumer goods, and manufacturing sectors are exploring new applications for the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, including Avid Product Development, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover, Kupol, Materialise, Sculpteo, Prodartis, and Vestas.
HP Deepens Industrial Alliances To Drive The Future Of Digital Manufacturing
The company has also unveiled expanded alliances with a number of industrial leaders to help customers on their journey to digital manufacturing.
Siemens and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution integrating HP’s 3D printing and data intelligence platform with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise software portfolio. The alliance brings together the power of both companies to expand the market and help customers create unique product designs, bring high-quality 3D parts to market faster, and set up digital factory environments that unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing.
BASF and HP are also expanding their alliance to deliver innovative BASF materials certified for HP’s new 3D printing solutions. The two companies will partner to grow the market and help customers design and develop new applications with this unique combination of materials science and 3D printing capabilities.
HP Launches Digital Manufacturing Network
Many companies look to digital manufacturing service providers to help speed development of new products, shorten time to market, create leaner supply chains, and reduce their carbon footprint. To meet those needs, the company has introduced the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions. Members of the Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production. The Digital Manufacturing Network includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe, including Forecast 3D, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GoProto, Jabil, Materialise, Parmatech, and ZiggZagg NV.
Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to speak to Rob Mesaros, Vice President & Head of 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing for Asia Pacific & Japan, HP regarding the development of 3D printing technologies for the metalworking industry and its application for mass production.
1.Could you provide an overview of the 3D metal printing technologies that HP has developed thus far?
In September 2018, we introduced the HP Metal Jet which takes metal 3D printing from specialized production to mass production. As the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology for the high-volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts, Metal Jet provides up to 50 times more productivity at a significantly lower cost than other 3D printing methods.
We also announced the new Metal Jet Production Service, which allows customers to submit their designs for 3D-printed metal parts, accelerating their path to manufacturing’s fully digital future.
Our expanded portfolio of HP Metal Jet solutions break through the economic, design, and time constraints of traditional methods for metal part production while delivering quality, productivity and cost beyond the capabilities of existing 3D printing technologies for metals.
2. What are the most innovative industry applications that you have seen when it comes to 3D metal printing technologies?
Key metals-driven markets include the automotive, medical, and industrial sectors.
With GKN Powder Metallurgy and Volkswagen, HP Metal Jet is being integrated into a strategic product development roadmap over the next few years to make everything from higher performance functional parts with significant structural requirements, such as gearshift knobs and mirror mounts to customized key rings. With 6,000 to 8,000 parts in a single car, the ability to produce many of these parts without first having to build manufacturing tools is helping Volkswagen reduce cycle time and realise a higher volume of mass production very quickly.
We are also partnering with Parmatech to utilise the Metal Jet technology for the manufacture of complex parts, such as surgical scissors and endoscopic surgical jaws.
Additionally, HP has partnered Triple Eight Race Engineering to 3D print racecar components. We’re also seeing service bureaus making repeat orders of our Multi Jet Fusion printers – Solize in Japan, and our strategic partner, RecTech in China have announced the expansion of their printer fleets – with the latter planning to have at least 30 HP 3D Printing systems by the end of 2019.
3. What do you think are the top three barriers to the adoption of 3D printing technologies for mass production?
The first key to unlock growth of the 3D printing market is product capability. The adoption of 3D printing technologies for mass production will depend on the ability of 3D printers to produce final parts faster and with quality that is as consistent, if not more, than traditional manufacturing. The dynamic is straightforward: If the machine is slow, the cost per part is usually higher. And if it is printing inconsistently, those operating costs can multiply.
The next key is to ensure that the materials used in 3D printing are similar in cost to analog materials. Historically, 3D printing materials can cost 20 to 100 times more than a similar material when it is used in traditional manufacturing. This is because many established 3D printing systems today are “closed” — meaning manufacturers are locked into using costly materials for specific machines with limited technology.
Finally, we also need to expand the materials available for 3D printing. Today, most 3D printers use only one material, such as thermoplastics, ceramics or metals. At the same time, there are a very limited number of materials available to manufacturers — about 80 types are used in 3D printing, with over 1,000 variants, compared with around 30,000 for injection molding. Manufacturers need more 3D materials to choose from. They need systems that can use a wider choice of materials and they need to be able to churn out products composed of multiple materials.
4. How do you think the above-mentioned barriers can be solved?
Improved speed, performance, up-time and quality will enable world-class 3D printing technology to perform at a higher level. As it is, the Metal Jet technology we’ve just launched in September 2018 already provides 50 times more productivity at a significantly lower cost than other 3D printing methods – and at a consistently high quality which meets or exceeds industry standards.
Lowering the cost of advanced 3D printing materials and applications is also critical. While Metal Jet technology is already a cost-effective solution with its low acquisition and operational costs; an open 3D printing ecosystem can spur both materials innovation as well as drive down costs. For example, HP’s Open Materials Platform lets the biggest materials companies in the world develop innovative 3D materials that in turn unlock a new wave of parts and applications. Open systems also help lower the cost of materials by enabling more materials suppliers to get into the market, increasing competition and driving innovation.
On HP’s part, we launched the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab in October 2018, in partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. One of the areas the lab – our largest university collaboration globally – will research is new materials and applications for 3D Printing.
5. What will be the trends in the development of 3D metal printing technologies in the next five years?
Currently, 3D printing is mostly used in industries and applications with low volumes and high unit costs, items that also require customisation. However, technology improvement has been unlocking its use in mass production applications.
3D printing in manufacturing will continue to expand in different industries, driven by technology, maturity, and cost reduction. We expect to see more and better materials being introduced. Manufacturers will also have a greater level of control. Recent technologies, such as HP’s Multi Jet Fusion, can control material and print properties down to the voxel level (3D equivalent of a pixel).
Moving forward, HP and its partners are driving the next digital industrial revolution and accelerating the end-to end reinvention of the $12 trillion manufacturing industry – $6 trillion of which is in the Asia Pacific and Japan. In the long-term, 3D printing will be powering the digital factories of the future, changing the way the world designs and manufactures.
SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), HP and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) have launched the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab. As Singapore’s newest corporate research laboratory and HP’s first university laboratory collaboration in Asia and largest university research collaboration worldwide, the HP-NTU Corporate Lab will drive innovation, technology, skills and economic development critical for the advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The $84 million lab will also support Singapore’s push toward industry transformation in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies. This is taken with the view that advanced manufacturing and engineering constitute one of the four technology domains under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 Plan, which is Singapore’s national strategy to develop a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy and society.
Located at NTU, the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab was launched by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the NRF. The NRF facilitates the setting up of corporate labs via public-private partnerships and the Corporate Lab is the 13th supported by NRF and the seventh such lab at NTU.
The lab’s 100 researchers and staff will focus on digital manufacturing technologies, specifically in areas of advancing 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, new materials and applications, cybersecurity and customisation.
The partnership was inked by NTU Vice President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong and HP Chief Technology Officer and Head of HP Labs Mr Shane Wall. It was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour Minister for Finance and NRF Chairman Mr Heng Swee Keat, NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, and HP Chief Executive Officer and President Mr Dion Weisler.
NRF CEO Professor Low Teck Seng has said, “Corporate laboratories are an integral part of our strategy to anchor joint R&D partnerships between our universities and companies in areas that have direct relevance to the growth of industries in Singapore. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Laboratory is significant to our long-term competitiveness in the advanced manufacturing sector, and ensures that we stay relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is evolving and growing rapidly world-wide. It will also strengthen our capabilities to support multinational companies for expansion from Singapore into the region.”
NTU President Professor Subra Suresh has said that the partnership with HP is a significant milestone for NTU, as 3D printing – along with adjacent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and cybersecurity – are integral parts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“NTU has established deep capabilities and is a recognised leader in the areas of machine learning, data science and additive manufacturing. These cutting-edge technologies are now an integral part of NTU’s education and research ecosystem, and the NTU Smart Campus serves as a test bed for them. This is aligned with Singapore’s vision of transforming into a Smart Nation,” Professor Suresh said. “Together with HP Inc., a renowned innovator and leader in the tech industry, NTU seeks to address today’s fundamental challenges with solutions that will benefit both industry and society in Singapore and the world, such as developing automation that is capable of boosting manufacturing productivity,” he continued.
“The World Economic Forum estimates more than $100 trillion in value will be created by digital transformation across all industries in the next 10 years,” said Dion Weisler, CEO and President, HP. HP is helping to lead the development of the underlying technologies, like 3D printing, that will enable the benefits of this transformation. Singapore is one of our key worldwide technology development and manufacturing centres in print technology. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab will significantly deepen our involvement here and serve as a nucleus for this ecosystem. We are proud to collaborate with NTU and we are looking forward to this becoming a blueprint for innovation, collaboration and economic progress.”
The new Corporate Lab will be a key pillar of NTU’s Smart Campus initiative and will build on HP’s strong research and manufacturing capabilities.
Once launched, the lab will prioritise 15 projects to better understand:
New materials and applications: such as advanced polymers for manufacturing applications, the development of bioprinting models toward printing viable tissues, and 4D printed smart systems that adapt shape with temperature change
Artificial intelligence and machine learning: helping printers autonomously predict and resolve issues
Cybersecurity: research to improve end-to-end point security infrastructure and malware mitigation
The collaboration will also include developing educational curriculums on designing for Additive Manufacturing – covering areas such as data management, security, user experience and business models.
“One out of every three jobs worldwide, more than 30% of global GDP, and nearly one-third of carbon emissions are related to manufacturing,” said Mr Weisler. “We are committed to innovating with purpose, not only driving the technology breakthroughs that improve HP’s business but also contribute to creating economic opportunity and improving people’s lives.”
HP began its presence in Singapore in 1970. Today, Singapore is home to its Asia Pacific & Japan Regional Headquarters, global supply chain control towers, and print manufacturing.
Arizona, US: At Siemens PLM Connection Americas 2018 on 4 June 2018—one of the largest events for Siemens’ PLM software users, HP Incorporated and Siemens expanded their longstanding collaboration to enable even more advanced functionality across a broader set of Siemens PLM software to change the way users can design and manufacture with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology.
Siemens’ NX And Solid Edge Software Deliver Support For Full-Color 3D Printing Capabilities Through HP Multi Jet Fusion
With the latest releases, Siemens, a leader in digital innovation software; and HP, the global industry leader in 3D printing, will enable users of Siemens’ NX software and Solid Edge software to design and produce full-colour 3D-printed parts.
HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 300/500 series is the industry’s first 3D printing solution for the production of engineering-grade, functional parts in full colour, black or white—with voxel-level control—in a fraction of the time of other solutions.
The Jet Fusion 3D 300/500 series also supports leading colour file formats including 3MF, enabling designers to easily produce the colour parts they want with a reliable workflow. Users taking advantage of NX and Solid Edge for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology will have access to 3MF files ready for HP’s entire portfolio of printers including the industrial-grade HP Jet Fusion 4200/4210 and 300/500 solutions.
“Our users will now be able to apply the power and flexibility of Siemens’ NX and Solid Edge product design software to HP’s 3D printing technology, opening a world of new design possibilities with the availability of full-color parts,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and chief executive officer, Siemens PLM Software.
“We share HP’s vision that 3D printing is empowering companies to reinvent their product lifecycles to prosper and thrive in manufacturing’s all-digital future. Expanding our partnership with HP allows us to continue to elevate additive manufacturing for end-use parts at industrial scale,” Mr Hemmelgarn added.
The combination of the two leading digital manufacturing technologies dramatically expands the potential applications for Siemens’ market-leading digital innovation software and HP’s disruptive Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. Customers will have the ability to quickly and economically prototype and produce new designs and end-part applications with advanced voxel capabilities. In addition, the collaboration creates new opportunities to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing at an industrial scale for customers and partners that participate in Siemens’ Additive Manufacturing Network.
“Adding the full-colour capabilities of HP’s expanded Multi Jet Fusion platform to Siemens’ market-leading design and manufacturing solutions creates an immense new set of possibilities for products and applications,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc.
“It is exciting to deliver the power of our technologies to customers large and small, fundamentally changing the 3D printing end-to-end process, from design to prototyping and ultimately manufacturing.”
Multi Jet Fusion 3D Technology Showcased In Siemens’ Additive Manufacturing Experience Centre
HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology will also be showcased as a foundational 3D printing platform in Siemens’ Additive Manufacturing Experience Centre in Erlangen, Germany, which invites customers to discover the latest additive manufacturing technologies and their applications first-hand in a design and manufacturing showroom environment.
Siemens and HP share the objective to accelerate the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry, providing all of the necessary capabilities, from generative design for product innovation through 3D printing for industrial-scale manufacturing.
Through generative design, companies can automate innovative designs directly from functional requirements which can result in enhanced functional performance for parts and products. Using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, companies can manufacture these innovative parts more economically at larger production volume.
Together, HP’s 3D printing solutions and Siemens’ technology combine in a single integrated solution that enables businesses to reimagine products, reinvent manufacturing and rethink business models.
Changing The Way The World Designs And Manufactures
Stephen Nigro, president of HP 3D Printing, joined Robert Jones, executive vice president of global sales and services for Siemens PLM Software, on the PLM Connection mainstage on 4 June 2018 to share more about these expanded offerings for Siemens’ PLM users.
Singapore: Hewlett-Packard (HP) Incorporated has opened its new Asia Pacific and Japan office as well as a new Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre (SMARC) in Singapore; with SMARC being supported by the Economic Development Board of Singapore.