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Multinational printing company HP has presented a new polymer Multi Jet Fusion system (MJF) alongside a new batch of metal 3D printing applications at Formnext trade fair.
HP has launched the Jet Fusion 5420 machine that can 3D print high-quality white parts to customers in the automotive and healthcare markets. The firm also updated the Metal Jet S100 system that it launched earlier this season. John Deere is now using the machine to 3D print metal valves for its agricultural machinery.
“Our focus on innovation and sustainability is at the core of everything we do for our customers,” said Dr. Jochen Müller, Manager of Global Digital Engineering at John Deere. “We are proud to be among the first in the agricultural industry to leverage the benefits of 3D printing for both prototyping and final parts production.”
“Leveraging industrial 3D printing platforms for polymers and metals, we are discovering opportunities to deliver more efficient, reliable, and sustainable equipment.”
Advancing Multi Jet Fusion AM
HP unveiled the Jet Fusion 5420W, the first machine in its 5400 Series of MJF machines at Formnext. It measures 380x284x380mm and has a build volume of 3380.84cm.3 The system allows users to print at a speed of one hour. It is designed to provide industrial-grade reliability, low cost per print, and improved part performance predictability.
According to HP, the technology has already allowed beta users such as DI Labs, Prototal Industries and Weerg to address “innovative white applications.” In fact, Jan Löfving, CEO of Prototal, says it has seen “immediate interest in the new white applications made possible by the latest addition to HP’s Multi Jet Fusion family,” and this makes it proud to be a HP Digital Manufacturing Partner.
Elsewhere, when it comes to HP’s wider MJF portfolio, it was announced at Formnext that it’s now being deployed more extensively than ever before. The company has reported that more than 70 million MJF parts have been printed since the announcement of its 100 million milestone at Formnext last January.
These figures are no doubt boosted by the 60,000 spoiler closure seals that GKN Forecast 3D created via the MJF 3D printer of BASF ULTRASINT PU01. The parts, which are said to have improved vehicle finish and fuel efficiency, were showcased at HP’s Formnext booth along with Smith I/O MAG Imprint 3D Goggles, designed to fit based on the individualized features of a person’s face.
Collaboration across industries at HP
HP also announced news about a number of partnerships at Formnext. In materials, the firm revealed that it continues to work with Arkema, BASF, Evonik, and Lubrizol on R&D, and this facilitated the launch of the latter’s new ESTANE 3D M88A, a flexible, durable TPU, designed to enable the 3D printing of complex, lattice parts.
HP also announced a strategic alliance to AMT for post-processing. It aims at helping customers integrate unpacking cleaning, surface finishing, color, sorting, and quality control into HP 3D printing workflows. One company that’s said to have benefited from this partnership is OECHSLER, which has managed to streamline production across a range of applications.
“At Oechsler, we choose to work with companies who have a shared vision of working together to deliver optimal outcomes,” said Matthias Weisskopf, General Manager of OECHSLER Motion. “HP and AMT building a comprehensive approach from printing to an integrated post processing solution is a critical step in the adoption of additive manufacturing at scale.”
Test the Metal Jet S100
HP announced how its Metal Jet S100 3D printer, which it launched at IMTS 20,22, is progressing. The company described how the system was adopted by industrial customers, such as Domin Digital Motion and Lumenium, in order to improve part productivity, quality, cost, and other related issues.
John Deere, a manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment, had parts on display during the event. Designed to improve the performance of the fuel systems used in some of its machinery, these Metal Jet-printed valves are said to offer ‘significant productivity gains and environmental benefits’ over their predecessors.
HP claims that John Deere was able to fine-tune parts like windshield holders by switching to Metal Jet S100 production. They also claim that their pre-assembly time has been reduced from 30 days to ten, delivery times have been reduced by up to ten week, and overall manufacturing costs have dropped by as much as 20% to 25%.
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The HP Jet Fusion 5420W 3D printer is featured in the featured image. Photo via HP.