HP: Announces Siemens Collaboration, Releases Jet Fusion 5200 Series, Plus New Software and Materials

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“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes of doing business will unfold,” – Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc. 

HP’s involvement in the 3D printing industry began with a grand entry several years ago as they announced their multi-jet fusion technology, promptly split off into HPE and HP, Inc., laid off thousands of employees, acquired Samsung in 2017, and promised to double down on their commitment to the technology, working on full color and metal capability.

Activity on their part has only continued to accelerate—with word of every pending announcement leaving the tech world wondering what they will do next. Today, the answer to that question is this: they are releasing the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 series, new software, new TPU materials, forging new partnerships (with Siemens and others), and integrating a new digital manufacturing network.

“HP is committed to helping customers with diverse manufacturing needs turn change into opportunity delivering the most innovative solutions portfolio and comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading partners. The broadening of our portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing system, coupled with expanded industrial alliances and our new Digital Manufacturing network, are important accelerators of our digital manufacturing journey,” said HP’s Schell.

The HP Jet Fusion 5200 series is projected to take over as the ‘most powerful’ industrial solution for production-grade parts. HP expects this machine to deliver above and beyond other systems due to greater sophistication and efficiency, opportunity for better workflow, simplified fleet management, and an extensive control center.

HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D Printing Solution

New data services from Materialise will accompany this launch too integrating the 5200 and HP Jet Fusion 500/3003D printing solutions with Materialise’s Build Processor and Materialise Magics3D Print Suite:

“The market is clearly embracing 3D printing for production and, as a long-standing HP partner, we are proud to expand our collaboration to new areas,” said Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise. “Our customers are excited by our tighter integration with HP, our joint work on new applications and materials, and our commitment to scale high-quality part production. Together we are helping our customers win in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

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The new hardware is being released in collaboration with Siemens who will be driving integration of a comprehensive solution through their Digital Enterprise offerings— promised to bring 3D printed parts to the industrial market more expediently, affordably, in maximum volume, and allowing for even more sustainability on the part of users.

“We are excited to expand our collaboration with HP. Innovative partnerships and cutting-edge technologies such as additive manufacturing is essential for the digital transformation of companies across industries. Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing,” said Klaus Helmrich, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries and member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

This expanded AM solution integrates the following to optimize manufacturing:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Data intelligence
  • Services to improve efficiency of the entire production process

“We are proud to partner with Siemens to make high-performance parts, personalized products, and serialized 3D production a reality for our customers,” said Schell, who is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at HP Inc. “HP and Siemens share the vision that digital manufacturing systems are catalysts for change – expanded software, data, services, and industrial production solutions that lead to new manufacturing capabilities, innovative applications, and breakthrough business results for our customers.”

The solution combines HP’s 3D printing and 3D data platform with Siemens Digital Industries Software, including Siemens NXCAD/CAE, NXAM for HP Multi Jet Fusion software module with direct printer interface (undergoing certification by HP for its Jet Fusion 5200 Series to be available later this year), as well as Teamcenter for PLM, Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, Simatic IT for manufacturing execution, and MindSphere for performance analytics and Industrial IoT.

“HP and Siemens are building on a vision first established in 2016. Today, thanks to advances in HP’s 3D printing systems and data intelligence portfolio and Siemens AM offerings, the integrated end-to-end solution has reached a level of efficiency that enables industries to viably 3D print high-quality parts at volume production,” continued HP’s Schell.

The collaboration will be grounded at the new Siemens Polymer Competency Center as the two industry leaders partner in working with both automotive and industrial clientele in designing new 3D printed products and creating ‘digital factory environments that unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing.’

“Volkswagen is a partner of both HP and Siemens and we are excited to see these market leaders join forces to unlock the power of industrial additive manufacturing. As one of the world’s largest auto groups, we see enormous opportunities for digital manufacturing technologies to speed our innovation cycle, bring new products to market faster, and improve our manufacturing efficiency and sustainability. We look forward to collaborating with HP and Siemens to explore more 3D printed applications that help us deliver even greater experiences for our customers,” said Dr. Martin Goede, Head of Technology Planning and Development at Volkswagen.

BASF also plays a role as the collaborator in development of a new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT™ – created for flexible, elastic parts, and meant to ‘expand the breadth’ of applications for Fusion 5200 Series users.

“Collaborative innovation among key players in the industry will help customers unlock the full potential of 3D printing,” said Dr. Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF. “The introduction of the new TPU is a significant milestone in the cooperation between BASF and HP, aligned with our common objective to accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing.“

As Ramon Pastor, GM and Global Head of Plastics Solutions, spoke in a live broadcast regarding the release, he made it clear that 3D printing is driving the digitization of manufacturing and will be the catalyst for a shift, with these latest developments signaling a historical change.

[Source / Images: HP]

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