HP has introduced a new material for its 3D printers, HP 3D High Reusability PP, which is a polypropylene developed in partnership with BASF. At the same time, HP has also claimed a number of other partnerships.
The new High Reusability PP was developed specifically for use with HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 series of 3D printers. It is said to offer good chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and long-term durability, and to be a good balance between performance and cost. It is suitable for use in the automotive, consumer, industrial and medical sectors for applications such as piping, fluid systems, and containers. It would, for example, allow automakers to use the same PP for prototyping and production of final parts as used in the interior, exterior and engine bays of their cars.
HP says that it is continuing to work with BASF to develop new applications. This is hardly a surprise since BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies and is working with several other 3D printer vendors to develop materials tuned for specific printers.
HP also unveiled a new partnership with Oechsler, which offers design and manufacturing services globally, including 3D printing. Oechsler has installed a fleet of industrial grade HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers in its factory in Ansbach, Germany, and is working with both HP and its customers to develop new applications. It’s perhaps more accurate to describe Oechsler as a customer of HP rather than a partner though it is worth noting that Oechsler is the first company to use a joint post-processing solution developed by Rösler for the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series.
Matthias Weißkopf, senior vice president of research and development for Oechsler AG, commented: “With the advanced capabilities of HP’s production-grade 3D printing systems we can provide unprecedented levels of quality, speed, reliability, and cost savings. The opportunity to collaborate closely on every phase of the product lifecycle and jointly develop breakthrough applications with HP and our customers will transform industries.“
HP is also expanding its Digital Manufacturing Network of companies using its printers to produce both plastic and metal parts. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network includes companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe, with the latest member being Fast Radius, based in Chicago, USA.
Meanwhile, Cobra Golf, which makes golf clubs and related equipment, has opted to work with Parmatech, which specialises in producing metal injection moulding components. Parmatech has working with HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer for the past two years, which it will use with Cobra Golf.