New HP metal printers should massively increase productivity in the industry. The printer manufacturer HP launches the production of metal parts in large series with its “Metal Jet” printers. The presses presented the IMTS manufacturing fair. It will produce fifty times faster than competing models and be even more reliable.

3D Metal Printing Could Play An Important Role In The Production Of Electric Cars

In initially rather small series of e-vehicles, conventional production methods often involve high upfront costs, for example for the creation of tools or molds. That drives up the unit costs. In 3D printing, however, the costs are the same from the first piece. Manufacturing by 3D printing is called additive, because the workpieces are built up in layers, which are added one after the other and connected.

HP is already active in the mass production of plastic parts and is now entering the metal-working market. So far, due to its high cost and slow speed, 3D metal printing is only used for high value added small series such as turbines. HP promises competitive costs for runs of thousands of units.

In addition, the 3D machines derived from the “Laser Jet” paper printers are designed to enable faster printing through more printheads. The quality should also be high thanks to redundant pressure nozzles. For example, clogged nozzles should not fail the workpieces.

HP Also Targets Smaller Companies

HP wants to assert 3D metal printing in the broad market as quickly as possible and is therefore planning to launch the Metal Jet Production in the first half of 2019.Businesses can then upload the designs of their workpieces to HP: specialists then check to see if the parts can be manufactured or modified. Thereafter, the orders are passed on to the customer’s wishes to order producers.

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