HP integrates additive manufacturing in digital textile printers
At least, once per year, HP creates a new hype in the additive manufacturing industry. This time, the electronics specialist integrates additive manufacturing in textile printing to enable various applications in sportswear/fashion, interior décor and soft signage.
Named HP Stitch, this new series of digital textile printers deliver fast, precise color-matching, alongside efficient, simplified processes.
“Décor and fashion application trends, on demand production and personalization are boosting digital print growth,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double-digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformations being realized with the arrival of the new HP Stitch S series.”
Still wondering at what stage 3D printing comes into play?
The supplier of 3D printing solutions used its MJF technology to create accurate 3D printed parts with quality surface finishes. Various end-used and prototyped parts are therefore been created for the HP Stitch S Series printers.
A sensor pixar for instance, is one of these 3D printed parts, that has been inserted on the flat platform of the printer. It facilitates the control of the print process. The manufacturer said they have been able to save about $15,000 in tooling using 3D printing.
Using its own AM technology to improve development cycles and iterations of design in the HP Stitch, HP leads by example. The company is going even further and is reviewing 3D printed parts for future qualification in order to improve other conventional components on its printers.
The release of the HP Stitch series includes three new printers from 64-inch to 126-inch wide: the HP Stitch S300 64-in Printer, the HP Stitch S500 64-in Printer, and the HP Stitch S1000 126-in Printer. The portfolio of printers couple HP Thermal Inkjet technology with industry-standard dyes for superior color durability.
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