Manufacturers will also be able to produce tools on demand. BMW, an HP Multi Jet Fusion customer, already claims to have reduced tooling costs by 58 percent and project time by 92 percent in this Deloitte University Press report.
In the future, it may even be possible to custom print entire vehicles for different types of customers.
The materials ecosystem is being built
Printers are only part of the system. With HP’s Open Materials Platform, we are removing barriers that prevent 3D print from being adopted. We are innovating with materials. Manufacturers can be confident that compatible, HP-branded materials will be safe and will meet quality standards.Earlier this year HP introduced the world’s first 3D Open Platform Materials and Applications Lab, in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. There, engineers are using the most advanced equipment to help materials companies develop, test, certify, and deliver the next generation of materials and applications for 3D printing.
Currently, HP is working with four of the world’s leading materials companies to co-develop new materials and refine the materials certification process. However, we will continue to add partners to the program. Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehman & Voss announced their commitment to the HP Open Platform and are working on certified materials for the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printers.
HP Multi Jet Fusion technology is a pioneer for future platforms that could transform color, texture, and mechanical properties at the voxel level. By manipulating printing materials, 3D printed objects could be created with conductivity, flexibility, embedded data, and translucency. That is only the beginning. There are no limits to the combinations and potential applications.