HP showcases disruptive material for sustainable 3D printing

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HP Inc has presented its latest breakthrough in 3D polymers production at the recent AMUG (Additive Manufacturing User Group) Conference.

The showcased material, PA 12 S, enabled by Arkema, aims to redefine the industry’s standards by enhancing surface aesthetics while simultaneously reducing production costs for users of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solutions, the company said in a news release.

Although initially available for the Jet Fusion 5200 Series, it is set to expand its reach to the Jet Fusion 5600 Series later this spring, further extending its applicability across HP’s suite of polymer 3D printing solutions.

Francois Minec, global head of 3D Polymers at HP Inc, expressed enthusiasm about the development, stating, “From design to parts production and post processing, HP is committed to delivering a broad range of innovative materials and programs for more sustainable production.”

According to HP, the introduction of PA 12 S material marks a significant milestone in the industry, offering optimised production processes that streamline post-processing steps, consequently saving time and reducing costs for manufacturers.

In terms of sustainability, the PA 12 S material, boasting an impressive reusability ratio of up to 85 per cent, significantly minimises waste and aligns with HP’s commitment to sustainable production practices.

Leading companies, including Accel Digital Solutions, Decathlon, Erpro Group, and Materialise, have already embraced the new material for its aesthetic qualities and cost-effectiveness.

Brandon Teets, founder of Accel Digital Solutions, commended HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology for its precision and quality, while Grégoire Mercusor of Decathlon highlighted the material’s impact on reducing part roughness.

HP’s presence at AMUG 2024 was marked by informative sessions and engaging discussions led by industry experts and customers.

Attendees had the opportunity to explore the future of manufacturing and gain insights into HP’s industrial portfolio of services, solutions, software, and materials.