After saying its first income from gross sales, HP Inc. right this moment mentioned it’s now targeted on scaling up its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing enterprise that it believes will rival normal manufacturing applied sciences, similar to injection molding.
Whereas HP is planning some direct gross sales of its new Jet Fusion printer lineup, the overwhelming majority of the machines can be bought via about 30 resellers in North America and Europe, the place the corporate is focusing its consideration.
What’s attention-grabbing “is 80% of those channel companions are new for HP,” Steven Nigro, president of HP’s 3D Printing enterprise, mentioned throughout a press and analyst briefing on Friday.
HP additionally has greater than a dozen 3D Printing Reference and Expertise facilities all through the U.S. and Europe the place potential clients can check the economic 3D printing product. HP made the introduced right this moment on the RAPID 2017 additive manufacturing conference in Pittsburgh.
HP claims its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers will allow mass manufacturing of elements via additive manufacturing (3D printing), as an alternative of fast prototyping, for which the know-how is usually used. The brand new printers are unlikely for use to provide tens of millions or billions of manufacturing elements. Assume, as an alternative, by way of tons of, hundreds or tens of hundreds of elements, HP mentioned.
The printer works by first depositing powder (about 100 microns thick, or the thickness of a typical sheet of paper) onto a print mattress utilizing a print bar that appears like a scanning bar on a typical 2D printer. The print bar has 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million fusing agent droplets per second in particular patterns because it strikes backwards and forwards throughout a print platform.
A detailing fusing agent is sprayed across the edges of a printed object, giving it “sharp” particulars.
HP has mentioned its 3D printers can be revolutionary in that they may be capable of print electronics into the elements they create via using conductive supplies printed on the voxel stage. Like a pixel in a show, a voxel in 3D printing is a tiny dice, tens of millions of which make up a bigger object. A single voxel is 50 microns in measurement.
HP’s Jet Fusion printers have a print space or a print bin of 16-in. x 12-in. x 16-in. Inside that space, there are 2.four teravoxels (a teravoxel is a trillion voxels).
Within the first quarter of 2017, HP CEO Dion Wiesler mentioned for the primary time the corporate “acknowledged income” from gross sales of the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers, advertising a “milestone for 3D printing.”
“Took an order, delivered, accepted and acquired fee for first 3D printer items,” Wiesler mentioned in a Feb. 11 earnings name.
HP initially unveiled its Jet Fusion printer in October 2014.
Eventually 12 months’s RAPID 3D additive manufacturing convention, HP mentioned it had begun taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion, which it claimed is 10 instances quicker than current machines and may minimize the price of manufacturing elements in half.
HP is promoting two fashions of its Jet Fusion printer: the lower-cost and lower-production 3200 sequence and the 4200 sequence. The 4200 sequence started delivery to producers in October; the 3200 sequence can be accessible in mid-2017.
The Jet Fusion printers begin at $130,000, however an entire system, together with put up processing station, will run as excessive as $200,000, based on Nigro.
Throughout Friday’s press convention, HP didn’t reply questions on what number of programs it has bought or how a lot income it has generated to this point.
Nigro, nonetheless, mentioned with a view to acquire traction within the $12 trillion manufacturing market, 3D printers must create requirements to attain higher print consistency and machine uptime, transfer away from proprietary print supplies and scale back their prices.
HP has created an open platform the place different corporations can collaborate on supplies innovation in addition to new software program for its 3D printers.
The purpose of HP’s open platform, Nigro mentioned, is to proceed to cut back 3D printing prices, enhance business adoption and create an open-source platform for licensed 3D supplies that work with its merchandise.
A community of improvement companions that already consists of BASF, Arkema, Lehmann&Voss&Co., Evonik and SigmaDesign, now has Henkel AG & Firm, a German adhesives producer, within the combine.
“They are a pure match with 3D printing as a result of [adhesives] are one other approach to carry elements collectively,” mentioned Nigro, who added that “50 different materials corporations” have expressed curiosity in partnering with HP to develop new printing inks.
The corporate additionally introduced it has signed with at the least 4 product engineering corporations and repair suppliers which are utilizing Jet Fusion printers to fabricate elements on request for patrons. These corporations embrace: Fast Radius, SigmaDesign, Shapeways and Materialise.
“You possibly can go to them and purchase elements constructed utilizing Multi Jet Fusion know-how,” Nigro mentioned.