USA-based HP has announced the launch of its Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution and expansion of its materials portfolio as well the addition of new members to its Open Materials Platform.
The Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution comprises the Jet Fusion 3D 4210 printer and following accessories: Jet Fusion 3D 4210 processing station; Jet Fusion 3D build unit; five Jet Fusion 3D external tanks (for the extraction of recycled material from the processing station); and Jet Fusion 3D external tank starter kit.
The latest in a line of three such printing solutions for plastic parts—following on from the Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and 3200—Jet Fusion 3D 4210 employs the company’s multi jet fusion (MJF) technology and is specifically aimed at industrial-scale manufacturing environments. HP claims that it lowers operating costs and increases production-volume capabilities significantly, ‘raising the break-even point for large-scale 3D manufacturing to up to 110,000 parts1 and enabling the industry’s lowest cost-per-part (CPP)—up to 65 percent less than other 3D printing methods2.’
Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and 3200 customers can upgrade to the Jet Fusion 3D 4210 today, and new customers can purchase the Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and 3200, opting to pre-order the Jet Fusion 3D 4210 upgrade in March 2018.
Jet Fusion 3D 4210 includes firmware and hardware upgrades for the Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and 3200 printers that improve overall efficiency and enable continuous operation, and its processing station is capable of handling significantly higher material volumes.
The expansion of HP’s materials portfolio accommodates three new powders, namely HP 3D High Reusability PA 11, HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads and HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene.
HP 3D High Reusability PA 11 is for the production of low-cost, high-quality functional parts that afford high levels of impact resistance and ductility, making it suitable for applications such as insoles, living hinges, prostheses, snap-fits and sporting goods. It is to be made commercially available in mid-January 2018.
HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads is for the production of low-cost, high-quality functional parts that afford high levels of dimensional repeatability and stability, making it suitable for applications requiring a high degree of stiffness, such as enclosures and housings, molds and tooling. It is to be made commercially available in mid-December 2017.
HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene is for the production of low-cost lightweight parts that afford excellent chemical resistance, durability and watertight properties. It is to be made commercially available in mid-2018.
The materials have been developed at HP’s Open 3D Materials and Applications Lab and are intended to broaden the capabilities and applications for MJF. As the names imply, they offer exceptional reusability and this without sacrificing mechanical performance.
Furthermore, HP has added two new members to its Open Materials Platform, an ecosystem approach to increasing the availability of materials and the number and diversity of applications that they can be used in.
The latest companies to join the Open Materials Platform are Dressler Group—a USA-based group of three companies that specialize in the contract grinding and refining of technochemical products—and Lubrizol, a USA-based Berkshire Hathway company and provider of specialty chemicals for the consumer, industrial and transportation markets.
Dressler Group is to offer HP’s materials partners preferential access to its toll grinding manufacturing capabilities, thus helping to remove one of the main barriers to 3D materials development. It is also a preferred supplier for developing and manufacturing powders for MJF printers.
Lubrizol has one of the most extensive thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolios globally and is to contribute towards the acceleration of innovative materials development for final part production on MJF printers.
The Open Materials Platform comprises over 50 members. Dow Chemical and DSM joined recently and have acquired HP's Materials Development Kit (MDK) to develop materials for Jet Fusion printers in partnership with HP. Meanwhile, longstanding members Evonik and Henkel have acquired Jet Fusion printers to accelerate customized applications development.
HP intends to highlight all of the aforementioned developments at formnext powered by tct (stand E40, hall 3.1), taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14-17 November, 2017.
1 Based on internal data and simulation when printing a 5 cm3 part. Cost analysis based on: standard solution configuration price, supplies price and maintenance costs recommended by manufacturer. Cost criteria: printing 1.4 full build chambers of parts per day/five days per week over one year of 5 cm3 parts at 20 percent packing density on fast print mode using PP material and the powder reusability ratio recommended by manufacturer.
2 Based on internal testing and public data, HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution average printing cost-per-part is 65 percent lower versus the average cost of comparable fused deposition modelling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) printer solutions from 100,000 to 300,000 USD on market as of April, 2016, and is 50 percent lower versus the average cost of comparable SLS printer solutions for 300,000 to 450,000 USD. Cost analysis based on: standard solution configuration price, supplies price and maintenance costs recommended by manufacturer. Cost criteria: printing 1.4 full build chambers of parts per day/five days per week over one year of 30-gram parts at 10 percent packing density on fast print mode using HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 material and the powder reusability ratio recommended by manufacturer.