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After revealing in 2014 it may bring an industrial 3D printing device to market inside two years, HP went mostly silent — until now.
Next week, HP plans on pitching its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing device at the South by South West (SXSW) conference in Austin.
Steve Nigro, president of 3D printing at HP, said the MultiJet Fusion 3D Printer is on schedule for weight production and can ship late this year; it can retail for between $100,000 and $1 million.
HP is not interested in going after a piece of the $4 billion-to-$6-billion 3D printing device market, Nigro said. Its focus is on the $12 trillion making market.HPA spiral “bottle” printed by the HP Multi Jet 3D printing device demonstrates the intricacy with which it can turn it into versions.”First off, …we’re targeting rapid prototyping…, but we’re quite looking at the production opportunities where ultimately you begin doing final parts production via 3D printing — where Multi Jet Fusion can shine.
“We’re going to donate a thing which is reliable-bodied,” he introduced. “That’s part of the reason it is in fact bringing us so long to put this system together. We’re making certain it is in fact a robust system.”
The new industrial 3D printing device — a little larger than a washing machine — is 10 times faster and 50% less expensive than current systems on the market, Nigro said.
HP is collaborating with future beta customers, such as Shapeways, a 3D printing service which allows for users to upload CAD creations and have them printed out and shipped back.Using production parts as an example, Nigro said 3D extrusion techniques — where layer upon layer of thermoplastic nylon is laid down — can take up to 83 hours to turn it into the part. Laser sintering, where a laser fuses layers of powdered material (even metals) together, can take 30 hours.HPA gear assembly printed with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing device.”With Multi Jet Fusion, it takes three hours,” he said.
In a few ways, HP’s new 3D printing device mimics how ink-jet printing devices work.
The printing device works by initially depositing powdered plastic (about 100 microns thick, or the thickness of a standard sheet of paper) onto a print bed via a print bar which looks like a scanning bar on a typical 2D printing device. The print bar has 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million fvia agent droplets per 2nd in specific patterns as it moves back and forth across a print platform. The “fvia agent” can absorb the energy to in fact fuse the thermoplastic. A “more detailing agent” is in addition sprayed around the edges of a printed object, giving it “sharp” more details.HPThe Multi Jet Fusion printing device creating a gear.Future iterations of the Multi Jet Fusion printing device are expected to be able-bodied to modify color, elasticity, texture, durablity, more detail, and electrical and thermal conductivity — inside a single 3D-printed part — at the voxel (3D pixel) level. HP is already investigating whether the innovation can be well suited for 3D printing with ceramics and metals, and it has in addition invited identify customers to assist accelerate its development.
The initially version of the printing device uses thermoplastics, but HP plans on growing materials to suit a variety of production making. The machine is capable-bodied of making high-precision parts, HP said.
Most importantly, yet, the 3D printing device can be able-bodied to create production parts, albeit in smaller in size runs, Nigro said.HPA green brick made of concentric spirals turn it intod by HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing device.HP has in addition turn it intod an “open” collaboration program for developers who want to work with HP to turn it into specialty applications for the printing device.
Similar to all industrial 3D printing devices, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion can be especially well suited for creating high-high end, customizable-bodied parts for industries such as aerospace, healthcare and car.
For example, in the healthcare industry, surgical guides or implants can be shaped to a patient’s specific anatomy; a patient’s hip ball and joint can be scanned and and so resturn it intod to exacting specifications.
The car industry may use the industrial printing device to turn it into custom cars, so buyers may specify alters to the body or interior and an car manufacturer
may and so turn it into those requirements during the making system.
In aerospace, 3D printing devices can manufacture parts lighter but adding adequate scaffolding to encertain stability without unecessary introduced wieght.
And 3D printing allows for parts to be turn it intod on the fly, instead of the require for traditional making systemes where bulk runs are stored in warehouses until the parts are requireed.HPA version of an oil rig printed with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion printing device.There are, yet, barriers to the wider adoption of 3D printing, Nigro admitted. Mostly, he said, manufacturers require to be educated on how 3D printing can alter the create system and traditional production and donate chain methods.
“There’s a immense amount of education requireed around how you can create your products differently [and] the raw economics,” he said. “You require parts to be created faster, with higher high end and lower cost.”
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