AMT and HP are joining forces to deliver industrial Post-processing for 3D printing applications. Part manufacturers and industrial partners will benefit from the advantages of HP’s Multi-Jet Fusion with those of the recently patented AMT’s industrial automated chemical vapor smoothing technology.
The announcement follows the release of the new TPA elastomer that the 3D printer manufacturer developed with Evonik. Added to this alliance, HP shows what it takes to drive expansion of industrial 3D printed parts across industries at scale and accelerate companies’ journey towards digital production.
Indeed, although every application might require a specific material, the post-processing stage after the manufacturing process ultimately remains the same for most applications, hence the need to have a technology that is reliable and that can fit the non-exhaustive list of applications that AM allows.
As far as AMT’s technology is concerned, the ability to create sealed surfaces makes it a good candidate for medical applications. Furthermore, the chemical vapor smoothing technology can improve mechanical properties of automotive parts, aesthetics and feel for consumer parts.
Both companies are currently working with customers to jointly develop new applications that require a high quality, injection molding-like finish such as the HP 3D High Reusability PA 11 nasopharyngeal swabs produced to help combat COVID-19, and BASF Ultrasint® TPU01 lattice structures used to manufacture custom seating.
“Like HP, we are focused on unlocking the full potential of industrial additive manufacturing and its sustainable impact,” said Joseph Crabtree, CEO and founder, AMT. “The combination of HP’s industry-leading Multi Jet Fusion technology and AMT’s advanced chemical vapor smoothing systems leverages the benefits that 3D printing provides while having injection-molded quality finish and performance characteristics, enabling customers to produce manufacturing-grade parts at scale. We are excited to work together to open up new opportunities for high-quality, customized applications.”
According to HP, the addition of AMT’s PostPro systems to its industrial Jet Fusion 3D printers is a necessary step to move to mass production while enabling the production of end-use parts at the right cost, at the right time and with the right qualities and performance properties for individual application designs.
Lastly, the developer of MJF confirms in a press communication that the PostPro systems are compatible with its entire portfolio of Jet Fusion printers. All commercially available materials have been validated including HP 3D High Reusability PA 12, HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads, HP 3D High Reusability PA 11, ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A and BASF Ultrasint® TPU01, with a solution for HP’s new HP 3D High Reusability PP enabled by BASF, available in 2021.
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