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BMW and Nike trial HP Inc.’s first 3D printer

May 24, 2016

HP anticipates that its 3D printer will “revolutionise manufacturing”. BMW and Nike trial HP Inc.’s first 3D printer

The OEM says that its printer is “ten times faster and is half the cost of current 3D print systems”, reported Computer Weekly. At a cost of €120,000 ($134,000) HP Jet Fusion is used for design, prototyping and manufacturing. President of HP’s 3D printing business, Stephen Nigro, said, “Our 3D printing platform is unique in its ability to address more than 340 million voxels per second, versus one point at a time, giving our prototyping and manufacturing partners radically faster build speeds, functional parts and breakthrough economics.”

Nike have for several years used the technology to create its footwear and Tom Clarke, President of Innovation at Nike said, “We are excited to partner with HP to accelerate and scale our existing capabilities as we explore new ways to manufacture performance products to help athletes reach their full potential.”

The car company BMW sees this technology as a chance to customise and personalise its cars. Jens Ertel, Head of BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center commented that, “We see major potential in our partnership with HP to investigate this new kind of 3D printing technology at an early stage. As one of the first partners, we had the chance to see the constant evolution of the machines over time, from the first prototype approximately five years ago to the market ready product available now.”

HP said “the printer could be used to print embedded intelligence, such as sensors for the internet of Things (IoT) or embed invisible traces or codes, for increased security and traceability in supply chains”. The OEM will use the printer to build parts for “future models” and imminently, “50 percent of the custom plastic parts for the HP Jet Fusion 3D printers are expected to be printed and produced with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology versus traditional manufacturing methods”.







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