HP unveiled a new production-grade 3D printing center that makes use of its Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing technology in Foshan, province of Guangdong, China. This development follows the company's plans to expand its Asia/Pacific Japan (APJ) headquarters, setting foot in the world’s largest manufacturing market.
Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology Company, an open application service platform and 3D printing solution provider, will operate the facility in partnership with HP. "HP is committed to helping our global digital manufacturing partner community expand and thrive," said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing at HP.
HP's MJF 3D printing technology uses an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder. This powder is then fused using heat into a solid layer, which results in improved isotropic material properties. The process has been used to produce end-use parts and components that require temperature resistance and durability.
The new Lanwan Intelligence–HP Multi-Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Center features ten MJF 3D printing systems that will be used to meet the increasing demand for functional prototypes and production-grade parts in Southern China. Automotive, consumer goods, and motorcycle manufacturers are considered the primary markets in the region.
Recognizing the technology's potential, HP, Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology, and the Institute of Foshan’s Nanhai Guangdong Technology University have also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the adoption of 3D printing technology in Southern China.
"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."
HP opened its first Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre (Smarc) in Singapore in December 2017. The expansion enabled employment of over 5,000 workers and increased the company's manufacturing productivity by 20%. Prior to this, HP had initiatives to integrate its MJF technologies within Europe.
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