The world’s largest manufacturing market is in China, so it would make sense that 3D printing companies would want to set up operations there. Since it joined the 3D printing world with the introduction of Multi Jet Fusion technology in 2016, HP has been expanding its 3D printing presence all over the world, with expansions into Japan, India and many other locations across the globe. Now HP has partnered with Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform to open a new 3D printing center in the manufacturing hot spot of China.
The new Lanwan Intelligence – HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Center opened over the weekend in Dali, Foshan, a major manufacturing hub in Guangdong Province. It will be powered by 10 HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing systems and will exclusively use HP technology to provide production-grade applications at scale for major customers in the automotive, consumer goods and other industries.
The new center’s opening ceremony was attended by senior representatives from national and local governments, businesses and academia. HP also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology and the Institute of Foshan, Nanhai Guangdong Technology University. The MoU will promote the adoption of 3D printing technology in Southern China.
“Everything starts with applications – and digital manufacturing innovators are leading the transformation of the $12 trillion manufacturing sector by producing industrial-grade parts across industries on HP Multi Jet Fusion,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc. “We are thrilled that Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform is deploying HP Multi Jet Fusion technology at factory-scale to drive its business growth and accelerate industry innovation. HP is committed to helping our global digital manufacturing partner community expand and thrive.”
While HP has already established a large 3D printing presence in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, this is company’s largest deployment of production-grade 3D printing in the region so far. The Mass Manufacturing Center is being established to meet the growing demand for production-grade parts and functional prototypes – Multi Jet Fusion technology’s claim to fame. HP’s release of the technology marked a turning point in the 3D printing industry, at which 3D printing began to become less of a simply prototyping technology and more of a means to actually create end-use parts.
“The demand for 3D-printed production-grade parts will grow exponentially over the next few years as we shift from analog to digital manufacturing,” said Luo Jun, Executive Director of China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance and President of Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology. “By deploying HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology in our new digital manufacturing center in China, we can better – and more quickly – deliver cost-effective and production-grade parts to our customers.”
China’s focus on 3D printing has been increasing lately, with other 3D printing centers opening and regulations being created. The country is a smart choice for HP as a location in which to create a new 3D printing hub, especially such a large one. As HP continues to expand, it continues to cement its position as a leader in production-grade 3D printing across the world.
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