HP Inc., Palo Alto, California, USA, has announced that its Metal Jet S100 Solution for metal Binder Jetting (BJT), featuring multiple modules for the BJT workflow, including depowdering and curing, is now commercially available. The announcement was made during the 2022 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) event, where HP is showcasing its metal Additive Manufacturing technology.
Designed for the mass production of additively manufactured parts, the Metal Jet S100 Solution provides high-volume production capabilities and is available to purchase as part of an integrated workflow via a subscription and service offering, with the company claiming “an unprecedented level of technical and business advantages for customers, helping them achieve their goals for business transformation.” The modular solution enables build units to be transferred between four different stations, meaning users can continually run production at scale for mass metal production.
These four ‘stations’ include the Metal Jet S100 Powder Management Station, HP Metal Jet S100 Printer, HP Metal Jet S100 Curing Station and the HP Metal Jet S100 Powder Removal Station. Notably, the powder removal station enables automated powder removal as an integrated step in the workflow, and can be tailored to the specific needs of different applications. Sintering equipment, for the final stage in the BJT workflow, is available from third-party providers.
“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,” stated Didier Deltort, president of HP’s Personalization and 3D Printing business. “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.”
Ramon Pastor, Global Head and General Manager of 3D Metals, HP Inc, commented, “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. 3D printed metal parts are a key driving force behind digital transformation and the new Metal Jet S100 Solution provides a world-class metals offering for our customers, from the first designs right through to production, but more importantly, helps them to realise the unlimited potential for digital manufacturing.”
Among recent Metal Jet success stories highlighted by HP at IMTS was recent customer Schneider Electric, which used the company’s Metal Jet technology, along with production support from GKN, to produce a new filter that was used on Schneider Electric’s NSX breaker. The filter could not have been manufactured using conventional methods due to the complexity of the final shape in the material selected. HP Metal Jet technology is reported to not only have facilitated the design of new power filter shapes that reduce gas, pressure, and heat impact in a more limited space, but also resulted in significant productivity gains and environmental benefits.
Michael Lotfy, SVP of Power Products & Systems, North America, Schneider Electric, added, “We are excited about the new possibilities for our business as a result of this 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.”
Further information on the new HP Metal Jet S100 Solution is available here.