HP Advances Its HP Metal Jet and HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers

HP’s Metal Jet S100 Printing Solution is now equipped with new capabilities to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Rob Spiegel

June 25, 2024

6 Min Read
HP enhancements to metal and polymer 3D printers.
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At a Glance

  • HP’s multi-level build now collaborates with Autodesk, Altair, CoreTechnologie, and Dyndrite.
  • HP Metal Jet has added the new materials: IndoMIM M2 Tool Steel and Osprey 316L.
  • HP launches Metal Jet production service with a network of contract manufacturers.

HP Inc. has released advancements to the HP Metal Jet and HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing printers. The goal is to deliver enhanced capabilities, new materials, and strategic partnerships to streamline and expand the potential of additive manufacturing. Enhancements to the HP Metal Jet S100 Printing Solution include an increased build height up to 170 mm, allowing for the production of larger parts and more parts in a single build cycle, enabling manufacturers to explore new dimensions in product design and innovation.

Additionally, this solution leverages the economies of scale offered by Metal Injection Molding (MIM) powders, lowering operational and material costs for large-scale production compared to other 3D printing technologies. With new operational efficiency gains in printing process times, the HP Metal Jet S100 Printing Solution continues to advance towards optimal industrial OEE.

HP has announced the following enhancements in conjunction with the Rapid + TCT show:

  • Enhanced capabilities for the HP Metal Jet S100 Printing Solution: Increased build height and cost-effective production with new materials – IndoMIM M2 Tool Steel and Osprey 316L.

  • The launch of a new HP Metal Jet Production Service. The new service platform has an adoption center in the US and a global network of contract manufacturers.

  • Strategic software updates and partnerships include further expansion of HP 3D Process Development software capabilities with HP’s Multi-level build feature and collaborations with Autodesk, Altair, CoreTechnologie, and Dyndrite to integrate advanced design and production tools, as well as the launch of the HP 3D Texture Visualizer, developed by Leopoly, a 3D and XR software technology provider.

  • Material expansion and new print mode for HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution. It’s now compatible with HP 3D High Reusability (HR) PA 12 W, HP 3D High Reusability (HR) PA 12 S, enabled by Arkema, and BASF Ultrasint TPU01. Also introducing the newly available ESD print mode, addressing specific customer needs and expanding production capabilities.

  • Significant reductions in total cost of ownership (TCO). HP’s efficient material usage has been reduced.

  • Enhanced services programs to the current reduced service pricing and add more value to low-end and high-end customers service pricing.

  • Enhanced process development for the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution to help drive significant reductions of TCO, in particular resulting for example in up to 20% TCO reduction for BASF Ultrasint TPU01 users, further emphasizing cost-efficiency.  

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HP is introducing new materials through collaborations with Indo-MIM and Sandvik. These materials include IndoMIM M2 Tool Steel, ideal for high-strength mold inserts and cutting tools, and Sandvik's Osprey 316L, which offers improved corrosion resistance and processability for applications in the medical, automotive, and industrial markets. Both materials have undergone rigorous HP qualification processes, helping to ensure reliable performance and accessibility.

In a bid to further democratize 3D metal printing, HP has launched the HP Metal Jet Production Service. This new service is accessible via a dedicated website where customers can submit queries, request sample parts, and access comprehensive production services. The service aims to address and overcome common barriers in 3D metal printing, including cost, time, and effort, making the technology more accessible and practical for a wide range of industries.

To support this initiative, HP has established a Metal Jet Adoption Center located in Corvallis, Oregon. This center provides end-to-end application qualifications, from benchmarking and sample part testing to process optimization, helping to ensure that customers can seamlessly transition from prototype to production. HP’s network of Contract Manufactures will play a pivotal role in supporting application development and scaling to serial production.

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In addition to these advancements in metal 3D printing, HP is strengthening its strategic relationships with leading software companies. A collaboration with Autodesk has resulted in the readiness of the Autodesk Fusion bundle with HP printers, enhancing design and production integration. Similarly, a collaboration with Altair will provide customers with proprietary HP material information, facilitating better design and production of additive parts.

CoreTechnologie’s collaboration with HP aims to elevate texturing for 3D printed parts, providing users with an extensive digital texture library within the 4D Additive software, pushing the boundaries of surface design. “We are excited to help our customers better design parts for HP Metal Jet and HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions by giving them access to HP material information,” said Yeshwant Mummaneni, chief engineer of data management and nalytics at Altair. “Through this collaboration with HP, we are creating a bridge across the often-siloed functions of design and production of additive parts so that even more exciting applications can be realized.”

For HP’s polymers and metals customers, a collaboration with Dyndrite will now support HP’s entire 3D printing ecosystem, giving the option to use Dyndrite build manager software to create and submit print jobs. Additionally, HP’s Multi-level build feature included in the process development will allow printing process parameters to be adjusted on a per level basis for up to 20 levels within a single build.

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HP is also pleased to introduce the HP 3D Texture Visualizer, developed by Leopoly, a 3D and XR software technology provider. This key component of the HP 3D Digital Texture Library enhances the 3D design process by allowing users to apply and visualize digital 3D textures on their CAD geometry in real time. The tool also supports the import of custom digital textures and provides the flexibility to adjust parameters like scaling, depth, and resolution to achieve the desired look. Customers can try the HP Texture Visualizer developed by Leopoly at https://hp.textureviewer.leopoly.com/.

Enhancements to HP’s Polymer 3D Printing Platform

As part of a commitment to meet the evolving needs of polymers customers, HP is announcing significant enhancements to its Polymer 3D Printing platform, including materials, features, and capabilities for the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution, designed to address common pain points across the manufacturing process.

Enabling a full material portfolio for the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution remains a top priority for HP. Both the HP 3D HR PA12 S, enabled by Arkema and BASF Ultrasint® TPU01 materials will now be available. Since the introduction of the HP 3D HR PA12 S material, enabled by Arkema, in March at the annual AMUG (Additive Manufacturing User Group) Conference, HP has experienced momentum with customers benefiting from reductions in total cost of ownership (TCO) and improved surface finish. For BASF Ultrasint TPU01 users, HP is delivering up to a 20% reduction in TCO through the enablement of higher refresh rates of up to 90/10 material usage and reduced service pricing of the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution.

Demand for bright color part applications with minimal additional post-processing cost remains high among HP polymers customers. To fulfill this need, HP is enabling HP 3D HR PA12 W in the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution, designed to enhance color versatility, manufacturing equipment flexibility and reduce post-processing costs with UV resistance relative to PA12. This is ideal for part providers and OEMs in industrial, orthotics and prosthetics, and consumer goods sectors who want to dye parts in bright colors. With more material options available on the HP Jet Fusion 5600 Series 3D Printing Solution platform, customers can further expand their production capabilities and bring new, innovative applications to life.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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