HP Debuts New Groundbreaking Material for 3D-Printing Manufacturing

HP Jet Fusion 5200 industrial 3D printer

One obstacle that has always been a challenge for applying 3D printing to manufacturing production is that the material that can be used by 3D printers typically lacked the durability required for many parts. Today however HP Inc. introduced its first of-its-kind Polypropylene (PP) material for 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, that addresses that challenge.

The new HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF, is said to be a durable, and chemically resistant material that’s been qualified for use with HP’s production-grade 3D printing systems, and is ideal for customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical sectors.

HP today also unveiled a new partnership with Oechsler, the global design and manufacturing player, to develop applications for both the new PP and HP’s broader materials portfolio, as well as new customer Cobra Golf for its Metal Jet 3D printing technology.

An air duct 3D-printed with HP 3D High Reusability PP enabled by BASF.

Ramon Pastor, interim president of HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, also commented today on how HP and its partners are using HP 3D printing for COVID-19 relief efforts: “The response to the COVID-19 crisis is a watershed moment for the industry. HP and its partners have 3D printed more than 2.3 million parts to bridge supply chain gaps, enable local production, and help healthcare professionals on the front lines. As we navigate this new landscape, we continue to execute on our strategy and push innovative new 3D printing materials, solutions, and partnerships forward to help our customers re-open manufacturing and deliver disruptive innovation for the world’s industries.”

Breakthrough PP

According to HP, polypropylene is a versatile material ideal for a wide range of automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical applications. The new HP 3D High Reusability PP enabled by BASF provides customers with a new additive manufacturing material offering the same properties as commonly used PPs in injection molding, which has proven to have nearly unlimited use.

With its chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and long-term durability, PP is said to be ideal for piping, fluid systems, and containers. For example, automakers will be able to use the same PP for prototyping and production of final parts found in vehicles’ interior, exterior, and under-the-hood.

Developed in partnership with BASF for HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series, HP says the new PP delivers high productivity and minimizes waste for industrial-level manufacturing. The new PP also helps reduce waste by enabling up to 100-percent reusability of surplus powder.

HP is jointly developing entirely new PP applications with partners, parts providers, and customers including Extol, which specializes in plastics engineering and innovation with industry leading plastic assembly technology, custom automation, and engineering services; GKN Powder Metallurgy/Forecast 3D, a provider of advanced industrial 3D printing, short-run manufacturing, and high-volume production; Henkel, a leader of high-impact adhesives and engineering solutions; Oechsler, a leading additive manufacturing parts provider; and Prototal, one of Europe’s most experienced parts manufacturers.

New Professional Services, Expanded Industry 4.0 Alliances

To help customers accelerate their journey to digital manufacturing, HP also announced new and expanded 3D Professional Services offerings and industrial alliances, including:

  • HP 3D Professional ServicesHP is unveiling a variety of new professional services capabilities including design optimization for breakthrough applications, manufacturing process streamlining to enable mass customization and scale production, and applications identification and discovery services. For more information on HP 3D Professional Services visit HP :here.
  • BASF and HP are advancing their strategic alliance to jointly develop new applications with market leading customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical industries. With the new PP and the recent introduction of the innovative ULTRASINT TPU01 thermoplastic polyurethane, the two industry leaders are working together to accelerate the design and mass production of 3D printed parts, enabling customers to go to market faster, more cost-effectively, and more sustainably than ever before.
  • new strategic alliance with Oechsler AG, a leading global engineering solution provider and one of the largest parts manufacturers in the additive industry. The alliance will span the product lifecycle from application design to production of final parts. Oechsler is using its fleet of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series printers and an extensive materials portfolio to help leading automakers, global consumer electronics companies, home and commercial appliances, and innovative medical device providers produce a variety of new applications.
  • Fast Radius, a leading manufacturing technology company, has qualified as a new member of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions.  Members of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Advancing Metals Mass Production with Cobra Golf

HP also announced that Cobra Golf, a leader in golf-club manufacturing and design, has selected HP Metal Jet for its entry into 3D printing for product innovation and parts production. HP Metal Jet technology is said to be the industry’s leading platform for the 3D mass-production of metal parts.

A foremost innovator in the golf world, Cobra is committed to revolutionary advancements in technology, engineering first-of-its-kind clubs and equipment designed to elevate the game. Cobra, HP, and Parmatech are working together on a strategic multi-year product roadmap, that leverages the design and manufacturing benefits of HP’s additive 3D-printing technologies to deliver golf equipment that raises performance and golfer satisfaction to new levels 

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