HP displays Metal Jet series at Formnext 2022 in California

The additive manufacturing event is taking place from 15 to 18 November 2022

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HP is showcasing its new commercial Jet Fusion and Metal Jet 3D printing solutions, new post processing capabilities, expanded Digital Manufacturing Network (DMN), and a variety of industrial production applications at Formnext 2022 to be held from 15 to 18 November. 

The show marks the first time HP is publicly exhibiting its new HP Jet Fusion 5420W Solution including white applications, and the full modular HP Metal Jet S100 Solution including the new John Deere production application.

“Additive manufacturing delivers on today’s most urgent market demands including sustainable innovation, hyper-personalization, and business resiliency,” said Didier Deltort, President of Personalization & 3D Printing, HP, “Together, with our global network of partners and customers, we are scaling additive manufacturing to meet these needs.”

Metal Jet S100 Production Application

HP’s Metal Jet S100 Solution is enabling industrial customers such as Domin Digital Motion, Lumenium, and Schneider Electric, to achieve better productivity, low part cost, and outstanding quality. John Deere, the global manufacturing leader of agricultural and construction equipment, is using Metal Jet technology for the production of a valve in the tractor fuel system.

Together with GKN, John Deere is now manufacturing Metal Jet-printed valves in its agricultural machinery. In addition to significant productivity gains and environmental benefits, the high-quality part is functional in extreme weather conditions. 

“Our focus on innovation and sustainability is at the core of everything we do for our customers,” said Dr. Jochen Müller, manager global digital engineering at John Deere. “We are proud to be among the first in the agricultural industry to leverage the benefits 3D printing for both prototyping and final parts production. Leveraging industrial 3D printing platforms for polymers and metals, we are discovering opportunities to deliver more efficient, reliable, and sustainable equipment.”

New Jet Fusion 5400 Series

To enable entirely new production applications, HP is adding the new Jet Fusion Series to its existing Jet Fusion portfolio, and unveiled the first product in the series, the HP Jet Fusion 5420W Solution. This solution enables consistent, quality production of white parts, and provides the benefits of HP’s manufacturing-ready Multi Jet Fusion platform, including industrial-grade reliability, low cost per part, and enhanced manufacturing predictability.  

“HP continues to provide us with the advancements we need to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing and produce the final parts our customers need,” said Jan Löfving, CEO, Prototal Industries. “Beyond the industrial grade production HP delivers, we are seeing immediate interest in the new white applications made possible by the latest addition to HP’s Multi Jet Fusion family. As a proud Digital Manufacturing Partner in HP’s DMN, we are equipped to take on bold, innovative projects and help companies get the most value out of AM production.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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