IS METAL 3D PRINTING TAKING OVER?

- Sep 21, 2018-

HP targets automotive and medical

Starting off Tuesday's Additive Manufacturing Conference 2018 held at IMTS this year was a keynote from the President of HP 3D Printing, Stephen Nigro, who unveiled HP's $400,000 Metal Jet system and discussed its mid-level production capabilities.

Assessing the significance of IMTS announcements

Medium Importance

The Metal Jet, a production-oriented binder jetting 3D printer,suitable for functional prototyping and mass production of automotive, medical and consumer components. Where a brushed metal finish, a preference for 316L stainless steel, and customization are on the specification sheet, HP's system will shine, eventually. 

High Importance

Velo3D's combination of hardware and software capabilities distinguishes its offering from the 25+ companies offering DMLS 3D printers today.The marked shift from standard DMLS means that there is even less precedent for the design process and qualifying parts for performance. 

Low Importance

Many of these developments are characterized by increased properties, indicating research and development in the manufacture of metal additives.From a customer acquisition perspective, the actual benefits of adding materials, process capability, and equipment characteristics are minimal, and are indicative of anticipated growth compared to any periodic changes in the metal 3D printing technology category.

A 3D printed roller finger follower from HP’s Metal Jet system in 316L stainless steel.

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