HP Inc. said it’s introducing a new 3D printer, adding additional materials and forming new partnerships as the company seeks to expand its additive manufacturing business.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP said it’s bringing out a new machine, the HP Jet Fusion 5200, which it says is capable off high-volume production of parts. The machine will be available in three versions.
The 5200 will “be integrated” with Siemens software ” to enable mid-volume serial plastic parts production,” HP said in a statement.
HP also said it’s expanding its additive manufacturing partners. Besides Siemens, the partners include BASF and Materialise. BASF’s contributions include providing additional plastics materials. HP also is establishing what it calls the HP Digital Manufacturing Network to promoting 3D printing.
“We think this journey has followed the HP way of innovating,” Ramon Pastor, an HP plastics 3D printing executive, said on a media webinar. “We are leveraging everything we hear from our customers.”
HP and General Electric Co. are among large manufacturers who are betting big on 3D printing, which involves producing parts from a digital design. Major markets for additive include the aerospace and medical industries. The auto industry also is looking at ways to adopt the technology.
HP is involved with both plastics and metal printing. With plastics, one of the key goals to make additive manufacturing competitive with traditional plastic-injection molding.
“We can do a much better part in a more predictable way,” Pastor said. “That’s what makes 3D printing win.”
“We have to lower our running costs,” Pastor said. “We need more up time” for printers to produced finished parts.
The executive said the new 5200 machine will produce “breakthrough” economics for printing plastic parts.