HP’s Metal Jet Printer Will Revolutionize the Auto Industry

By: | October 2nd, 2018

Window Guiderail BMW i8 Roadster. Image Credit: HP

After the grand success of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, Hewlett Packard has launched a new commercial 3D printing platform called the Metal Jet. The printing platform was launched on Sept. 10 at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show.

The company boasts that it is the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology for the high-volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts.

HP expects that their Metal Jet will be used by commercial manufacturers to produce parts up to 50 times faster and at a significantly lower cost than other 3D printing methods.

Manufacturing leaders GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech have already adopted Metal Jet for the factory production of parts

Dion Weisler, HP’s CEO and president, said, “We are in the midst of a digital industrial revolution that is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry. HP has helped lead this transformation by pioneering the 3D mass production of plastic parts and we are now doubling down with HP Metal Jet, a breakthrough metals 3D printing technology.

“The implications are huge – the auto, industrial, and medical sectors alone produce billions of metal parts each year. HP’s new Metal Jet 3D printing platform unlocks the speed, quality, and economics to enable our customers to completely rethink the way they design, manufacture, and deliver new solutions in the digital age.”

Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy, said, “We’re at the tipping point of an exciting new era from which there will be no return: the future of mass production with 3D printing. HP’s new Metal Jet technology enables us to expand our business by taking on new opportunities that were previously cost prohibitive.”

Those who are interested in buying the Metal Jet system will have to shell out about $399,000. Shipping will begin in 2020.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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