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HP and Rösler Sign Cooperation Agreement: New Post-Processing Techniques for Multi-Jet Components

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HP and Rösler recently announced at Formnext (held from November 19-22 in Frankfurt) that they have signed a cooperation agreement introducing new industrial post-processing for HP multi jet fusion components.

The contract involves the development of new equipment solutions for automated post-processing as the two companies offer complementary resources and technology to each other, resulting in ‘industrial ready and scalable 3D printing post-processing workflow.’ Both AM solutions and 3D printing will be improved and expanded with the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution.

Mr. Rösler / Mr. Pastor shaking hands.

With Formnext as a launching point, both companies announced a dynamic partnership geared toward refining processes in post-processing further—and especially as they are integrated into multi jet fusion technology. Seeking greater stability as a result of their efforts, the two companies foresee providing their users with the potential for better designs and applications, and ultimately, better parts that are production-ready. HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing portfolio also includes the Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution, meant to offer:

  • Better manufacturing predictability
  • Greater efficiency in workflow
  • Repeatability
  • Quality for customers engaged in full production

“For the various post-processing stages the company offers fully automatic systems, which not only guarantee significant increases in productivity and cost reductions but also ensure that the processes are absolutely repeatable and offer a high degree of sustainability,” states the latest press release sent to 3Dprint.com regarding the agreement between HP and Rösler.

S2 machine from AM Solutions

AM Solutions – 3D post-processing offers the following:

  • Processes for unpacking
  • Removal of support structures
  • Removal of residual powder and sintered powder particles
  • Surface cleaning and smoothing
  • Radiusing of sharp edges
  • Polishing
  • Dyeing of parts

“HP is an extremely valuable partner within our AM network,” says Stephan Rösler, CEO of the Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH. “The cooperation allows us to further improve our automated post processing solutions and adapt them specifically to the Multi Jet Fusion technology from HP.”

AM Solutions – 3D printing services, as the Rösler division specializing in printing activities is comprehensively known, will be able to expand further via the digital fabrication power of its HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution. While 3D printing is a major component of services offered by this Rösler division, they also provide design and engineering of parts created via AM processes. This includes both existing parts, as well as innovative new components only now allowed due to progressive technology like 3D printing.

AM Solutions – 3D printing services, including both metal and plastic materials, also offers:

  • Post-processing services
  • Machining
  • Quality control

“This partnership is an important example of HPs’ commitment to collaborating with leaders in the industrial ecosystem to drive the digital transformation of manufacturing,” states Ramon Pastor, Interim Head of HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing. “The Rösler group offers comprehensive know-how in equipment building and surface finishing which is critical to production. We look forward to working together to broaden the opportunity for and accelerate mass production of applications across vertical industries.”

HP has had their hand in a variety of 3D printing collaborations over the past few years, with their entry into the industry causing quite a stir initially; since then, they have proved their commitment with their new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center, collaborations, new designs for workflow, and much more.

[Source / Images: Rösler]

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