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HP Unveils ‘Metal Jet’ That Makes Commercial, Mass Produced 3D Printing Possible
By Yoon Sann Wong, 11 Sep 2018
HP has just announced its ‘Metal Jet’ technology that could turn one of 3D printing’s biggest hurdles into a thing of the past, that is, making the technology suitable for mass production.
The brand introduced ‘Metal Jet’ as the “world’s most advanced metals 3D printing technology for mass production” to accelerate the fourth industrial revolution. It is touted to be up to 50 times more efficient while delivering low-cost, high-quality final products.
‘Metal Jet’ is currently being used to reinvent factory production across the auto, industrial, and medical industries through partnerships with names such as Volkswagen, GKN Powder Metallurgy, Parmatech, and Wilo.
Volkswagen is using ‘Metal Jet’ to manufacture mass-customizable parts such as individualized key rings and name plates. Moving forward, the duo has set their sights on using the technology to create higher performance functional components such as gearshift knobs and mirror mounts.
Beginning 2019, customers will be able to upload their 3D models to the ‘Metal Jet Production Service’, where HP engineers will assist in their 3D builds. HP highlights though that certain designs will not be suitable for ‘Metal Jet’.
By 2020, HP hopes to make ‘Metal Jet’ printers available to initial customers at US$400,000 with a wider availability to follow in 2021.
For interested parties, you can reserve your HP ‘Metal Jet’ printer here.
Personalized Volkswagen key fob created by HP ‘Metal Jet’
Volkswagen gearshift knob created by HP ‘Metal Jet’
[via Engadget, video via HP, images via HP]
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