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HP announced significant milestones to its open platform for 3D printing materials and production-ready applications development. Expanding the development and lowering the cost of advanced 3D printing materials and applications is a critical catalyst for the digital reinvention of the global manufacturing industry. HP’s unique open platform model for 3D printing helps expand the availability of new materials and address a broader set of applications. The open platform model also helps lower materials and development costs, drive speed and performance improvements, and create new possibilities for part properties meeting specific industry needs.

HP, in collaboration with SIGMADESIGN, will offer the industry’s first MDK for 3D printing materials, ensuring a robust and expanding array of materials for end-customers and a simplified certification and testing process for partners.
An integral element of HP’s open platform strategy for 3D printing, the MDK will enable companies interested in certifying their materials to quickly test 3D powder spread-ability and compatibility with HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. This greatly simplifies the testing and certification process, leading to faster innovation cycles while achieving strict quality standards.

“HP is leading the evolution of 3D printing from prototyping to production and SIGMADESIGN understands how important each step of the manufacturing process is in this journey,” said Bill Huseby, president and CEO, SIGMADESIGN. “Materials are at the center of successful manufacturing, and the combination of HP’s open platform and the ability to enable voxel-level control will help expediate the digital transformation of this multi-trillion dollar market.”

Huseby emphasized the importance of enabling materials development and applications design with the right resources, “Many companies, both large and small, do not have the internal capabilities to execute their 3D printing vision as quickly or as broadly as they’d like. We are proud to provide world-class foundational tools such as the MDK and in-depth design expertise for organizations ready to innovate using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology right now."

The MDK is expected to ship this spring and partners can pre-order the kit beginning today by contacting mdk@sigmadzn.com.

Building on its open platform vision and leveraging more than four decades of print innovation, HP took the wraps off the world’s first state-of-the-art laboratory to help companies develop, test and deliver the next generation of materials and applications for 3D printing. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, the new HP 3D Open Platform Materials and Applications Lab will offer partners a range of equipment and in-house expertise to accelerate materials and applications innovation, which is critical to quickening the evolution and adoption of 3D printing technologies.

In May 2016, HP announced the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, a production-ready commercial 3D printing system that delivers quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems. In addition, by printing functional parts at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing), HP offers customers an unprecedented ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customization.

Global materials leaders and existing HP partners BASF and Evonik shared details about new innovations being developed using HP’s open platform and the opportunity to work in the new HP 3D Open Platform and Applications lab.
 
“BASF is experiencing the benefits of HP’s commitment to innovation first-hand as we develop materials using the HP open platform and the one-of-a-kind HP testing lab in Corvallis,” said Dietmar Geiser, Senior Manager 3D-Printing Strategy & Planning, BASF New Business GmbH. “The combination of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and its open approach to materials development is transformative. The HP open platform gives us an opportunity to collaborate with our customers, and together with HP, accelerate not only the materials market, but 3D printing adoption within manufacturing.”

Giser also detailed the advantages of working inside HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab and the progress the company is making on certified materials for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. “The ability to work inside HP’s 3D Open Materials and Applications lab has accelerated our own ability to innovate and develop materials with better mechanical properties,” he noted. “We have been able to develop multiple versions of the thermoplastic elastomer material we are currently creating and quickly identify opportunities for improvement. The ability to iterate and invent real-time, with the technology we need at our fingertips, has changed the way we think about our business and go-to-market plans.”

Evonik was the first partner to announce plans to commercialize a certified material developed using the HP open platform. Today, Evonik shared specifics on the upcoming availability of VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, a new PA-12 powder material developed and certified for the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution and offered insight into the development process.

“In October, we announced successful certification of VESTOSINT 3D Z2773, and we are now excited to confirm initial availability in May with the full commercial offering available for our customers beginning in July,” said Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, Head of the Business Line High Performance Polymers of Evonik. “In only six months, leveraging the HP Open Materials and Applications Lab, our team has been able to develop, certify and begin selling an innovative new material with significant property advantages.”

“Our collective efforts to reconstruct the way we go about 3D materials development is founded in HP’s investment into its open platform, tools such as the MDK and the 3D Open Materials and Applications lab. The future is bright for our industry with HP spearheading an open approach to materials and applications.”

VESTOSINT 3D Z2773 is material bio compatible according to EN ISO 10993-1 and USP/level VI/121 °C, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant, meaning it is approved for food contact. This will make it possible for the use of additive manufacturing technologies to be used in food production equipment components which traditionally require flexibility due to limited quantities or unique, complex designs.

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