Global automation company Schneider Electric and HP, Inc. have collaborated with HP Inc. in introducing the availability of its Metal Jet S100 Solution. To illustrate, HP’s Metal Jet S100 solution aims to transform industries and help scale 3D metals to mass production.
Consequently, HP announced this new Metal Jet S100 solution at the International Manufacturing Technology show (IMTS) in McCormick Place, Chicago, in United States.
The manufacturing industry has evolved drastically over the past decade. Presently, the value of the industry is around US$12 trillion, said Schneider Electric, quoting a recent research from CONTEXT, the technology-focused market intelligence company. In addition, the company said the industry is still in the early stages of fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Evidently, the accelerated growth of 3D printing and its ability to accelerate designs and improve process development are supporting this trend.
“We are witnessing entire industries, from industrial to consumer, and healthcare to automotive. Looking to digitally transform their manufacturing processes and supply chains in a world where volatility is the new normal,” said Didier Deltort, President of HP’s Personalization and 3D Printing business.
In addition, Deltort said, “As the promise of additive manufacturing takes hold, HP has become a trusted partner to help speed the path to production. The introduction of our new Metal Jet commercial solution, along with innovative collaboration with market leaders like Schneider Electric, is delivering the blueprint for more sustainable, reliable, and efficient manufacturing.”
HP’s new Metal Jet S100 Solution is opening the doors for a digital reinvention of the global metals manufacturing sector. Particularly, with a strong focus on end-to-end supply chain solutions in customer- and design-centric software and hardware.
Furthermore, the Metal Jet S100 Solution provides industrial production capabilities, integrated workflow, subscription, and service offerings. Hence, bringing unprecedented level of technical and business advantages for customers, helping them achieve their goals for business transformation. Moreover, the modular solution enables build units to travel between four different stations. In short, users can continually run production at scale for mass metals production.
“Since announcing the breakthrough Metal Jet technology in 2018, we have been working to develop the industry’s most advanced commercial solution for 3D metals mass production,” said Ramon Pastor, Global Head and General Manager of 3D Metals, HP Inc.
Furthermore, Pastor added, “3D printed metal parts are key driving force behind digital transformation. Hence, the new Metal Jet S100 Solution provides a world class metals offering for our customers, from the first designs right through to production. More importantly, it helps them to realize the unlimited potential for digital manufacturing.”
HP’s unequaled expertise and IP in Thermal Inkjet technology and Latex chemistry delivers cost, quality, productivity, and reliability advantages. Likewise, HP’s Thermal Inkjet printhead dramatically improves the printing speed, part quality, and repeatability. The advanced latex chemistries developed by HP lend significant benefits to the binder itself, enabling stronger green parts, eliminating the need for de-binding, and yielding industrial production-grade quality.
The HP Metal Jet offers innovative new designs. Particularly, new geometries, density control, and designs to lightweight or consolidate metal parts push the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing.
Likewise, it offers improved customer economics. For that reason, process steps needed to create parts become shorter while reducing costs. Hence, dkriving efficiencies across the supply chain.
The solution also contributes to increased productivity. Binder jetting can boost productivity tenfold, allowing for processing layer by layer versus point process. Meanwhile, isotropic properties also require no post-processing and no support removal, and the use of metal powders is also more cost-effective than laser-based 3D printing powder.
The solution also offers higher resolution to drive part quality. HP printheads leverage decades of industrial thermal inkjet technology developments, defining geometry and delivering high resolution and system robustness. Hence, making mass 3D metal parts a viable option for commercial manufacturing.
Advancements and new production applications highlight the advantages of Metal Jet, including better productivity, low part cost, and outstanding quality.
Particularly, HP has already built strong momentum with leading partners and customers including GKN, Parmatech, Cobra Golf, Legor Group, and Volkswagen, and more. HP is also collaborating on mass metals production opportunities with new partners and customers around the world, including Domin Digital Motion, an innovative industrial company focused on hydraulic systems and valves, Lumenium, a startup developer of advanced rotational engines, and Schneider Electric.
Schneider Electric is the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Their product portfolio includes products, controls, software and services across residential, commercial, industrial and critical applications.
“We are excited about the new possibilities for our business as a result of this collaboration with HP,” said
Meanwhile, Michael Lotfy, SVP of Power Products & Systems, North America, Schneider Electric said they are looking forward to seeing new possibilities for the company’s business because of their collaboration with HP. “We are constantly in pursuit of solutions that will enable more sustainable, agile innovations development. Leveraging HP Metal Jet our teams have delivered a proven use case showcasing the benefits of digital manufacturing and 3D printing, and we look forward to uncovering many more applications that meet the evolving demands from our customers addressing the challenges around sustainability and Electricity 4.0.”