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HP launches Metal Jet 3D printer 50x more productive than other binder jetting systems
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HP launches Metal Jet 3D printer, 50x more productive than other binder jetting systems

Sep 10, 2018 | By Thomas | From 3ders



HP launched today its HP Metal Jet 3D printing technology for the high volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). According to HP, Metal Jet is a "voxel-level binder jetting technology" that's up to 50 times more productive than current 3D printing systems.



HP Metal Jet features a bed size of 430 x 320 x 200mm, 4x the nozzle redundancy and 2x the printbars. The company says it can be potentially even cheaper and more efficient compared to other metals 3D printing solutions. HP Metal Jet will start with stainless steel finished parts, delivering isotropic properties that meet or exceed ASTM and MPIF Standards.



HP is already partnering with GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech to create Metal Jet parts for Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Wilo, Okay Industries and Primo Medical Group. Volkswagen is currently using the technology for customizable components like individualized key rings and exterior-mounted name plates. Volkswagen‘s multi-year plan to use HP Metal Jet to produce higher performance functional parts with significant structural requirements, such as gearshift knobs and mirror mounts.



3D PrintedVolkswagen gearshift knobs



Personalized Volkswagen key fob created by HP Metal Jet

 



In first half of 2019, customers will be able to upload 3D design files to the new Metal Jet Production Service. The parts will be produced by HP partners GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech and HP engineers will help guide them through the process.



HP Metal Jet 3D printers will be offered at under $399,000 and begin shipping in 2020 to early customers and with broad availability in 2021.



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