HP has set up a new 150,000 square foot 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence at its main European facility in Barcelona, Spain, in a bid to unite HP’s engineering and R&D groups as well as customers and partners.
This new centre brings together hundreds of experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and 3D printing and digital manufacturing applications. It features flexible and interactive layouts to encourage collaboration between all these people. Naturally, HP has also installed its own 3D printers, both for metal and plastic printers. The aim is that this will lead to faster design cycles, including entirely new products, as well as more efficient supply chains.
Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc, commented: “HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centers on earth – it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation.”
The building itself features an environmentally-friendly design, with a photovoltaic canopy able to provide 110kW of power and to collect rain water that can can be reused for irrigation and sanitary purposes. This canopy, which also optimises the use of natural light, is made with eco-friendly construction materials. HP is aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. HP has stated that it’s intention is to use 100% renewable energy in its global operations over time, with a target of 60% by 2025.
HP claims that this is one of the largest 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development facilities in the world. It certainly appears to mark a substantial expansion of HP’s capabilities in developing and manufacturing 3D printing systems. The company also has 3D printing facilities spread across the United States at Corvallis in Oregon, Palo Alto and San Diego in California, Vancouver in Washington. In addition, HP has a collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.
You can find more information on HP’s effort the 3D world at www.hp.com/go/3DPrint.