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HP unveils industry’s first 3D printing Material Development Kit

MDK testing shows a 3D powder with good spreadability
 

Building on its open platform vision, HP has taken the wraps off the world’s first state-of-the-art laboratory to help companies develop, test, certify and deliver the next generation of materials and applications for 3D printing.

Located in Corvallis, Oregon, the new HP 3D Open Platform Materials and Applications Lab offers partners a range of equipment and in-house expertise to accelerate materials and applications innovation, which is critical to quickening the evolution and adoption of 3D printing technologies.

Expanding the development and lowering the cost of advanced 3D printing materials and applications is a critical catalyst for the digital reinvention of the global manufacturing industry. HP’s unique open platform model for 3D printing helps expand the availability of new materials and addresses a broader set of applications. The open platform model also helps lower materials and development costs, drive speed and performance improvements, and create new possibilities for part properties meeting specific industry needs.

“An open ecosystem of industry leaders is critical for greater innovation, breakthrough economics, and faster development of 3D printing materials and applications,” said Tim Weber, global head, 3D Materials and Advanced Applications at HP. “Our growing certified partner network and leading-edge lab facilities are a testament to the progress we are making in spearheading a dynamic community of collaborators focused on delivering the most innovative and production-ready 3D printing solutions.” 

Industry’s first 3D Printing Materials Development Kit (MDK)

HP, in collaboration with SIGMADESIGN, will offer the industry’s first MDK for 3D printing materials, ensuring a robust and expanding array of materials for end-customers and a simplified certification and testing process for partners.

The MDK will enable companies interested in certifying their materials to quickly test 3D powder spreadability and compatibility with HP Jet Fusion 3D printers prior to submitting the materials to HP for testing. This greatly simplifies the testing and certification process, leading to faster innovation cycles while achieving strict quality standards. 

“HP is leading the evolution of 3D printing from prototyping to production and SIGMADESIGN understands how important each step of the manufacturing process is in this journey,” said Bill Huseby, president and CEO, SIGMADESIGN. 

“Many companies, both large and small, do not have the internal capabilities to execute their 3D printing vision as quickly or as broadly as they’d like. We are proud to provide world-class foundational tools such as the MDK and in-depth design expertise for organisations ready to innovate using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology right now.” 

BASFand Evonik highlight materials development innovations with HP

Global materials leaders and existing HP partners, BASF and Evonik have shared details about new innovations being developed using HP’s open platform and the opportunity to work in the new HP 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab.

“At BASF, our goal is to enable customers to produce resilient and functional parts through the use of innovative material solutions,” said Kara Noack, head of 3D-Printing North America, BASF. “Using the HP Open Platform and its one-of-a-kind testing lab in Corvallis to accelerate material development is helping to unlock the potential of 3D printing. The open platform gives BASF an opportunity to collaborate with customers, and together with HP, accelerate not only the material market, but also 3D-printing adoption within manufacturing.”

She described the progress the company is making on certified materials for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology, a production-ready commercial 3D printing system that delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems..

“Based on BASF’s experience and R&D capabilities, we have been able to accelerate the development of materials with better mechanical properties by leveraging HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab,” she noted. “We have been able to develop multiple versions of thermoplastic elastomers including TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane, adding to an already comprehensive product portfolio. HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab is allowing us to provide a wider range of innovative materials to the industry.”

Evonik is the first partner to announce plans to commercialise a certified material for the HP Open Platform – VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, a PA-12 powder material introduced for the HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solution.

“In October, we announced successful certification of VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, and we are now excited to confirm initial availability in May with the full commercial offering available for our customers shortly thereafter,” said Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, head of the Business Line High Performance Polymers of Evonik. “In only six months, leveraging the HP Open Materials and Applications Lab, our team has been able to develop, certify and begin selling an innovative new material with significant property advantages.

“Our collective efforts to reconstruct the way we go about 3D materials development is founded in HP’s investment into its open platform, tools such as the MDK and the 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab. The open approach to materials and applications of HP opens a bright future for our industry.”

 
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