For those that are interesting, this is a press piece I just read. The world is changing very quickly. 3D printing solutions such as this will mean products are made where they are consumed, as there is a negligible workforce count for this type of production. The workforce needed to run 3D printing plants is far cheaper than the cost of shipping from low labour cost economies (China, Malaysia, etc). There is an interesting but heavy document about this, worth a scan, here: The EU "The impact of new technologies on the labour market and the social economy" Big manufacturing concerns already use 3D metal printing, including military and aerospace. It will be its move into domestic arenas that brings the biggest changes. And how cool will that be. You need a spare part, instead of having to accept that it is obsolete years ago, you just buy the rights to a copy of the software file, it goes off to some local facility, & the part is made (printed) for you. Maybe one day a service will be created to remake parts that are long ago obsolete, like the missing belt for my Bowman saw!
HP Unveils HP Metal Jet 3D Printing Solution and New Manufacturing Partners.
On September 10, at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, HP Inc. officially launched a new 3D printing technology for high-volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts.
HP calls its new 3D technology HP Metal Jet and says the groundbreaking, voxel-level binder jetting technology springs from more than 30 years of HP print-head and advanced chemistries innovation.
“We are in the midst of a digital industrial revolution that is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry,” Dion Weisler, CEO and president of HP Inc., said in a company press release. “HP has helped lead this transformation by pioneering the 3D mass production of plastic parts and we are now doubling down with HP Metal Jet, a breakthrough metals 3D printing technology. The implications are huge—the auto, industrial, and medical sectors alone produce billions of metal parts each year. HP’s new Metal Jet 3D printing platform unlocks the speed, quality, and economics to enable our customers to completely rethink the way they design, manufacture, and deliver new solutions in the digital age.”
HP said its Metal Jet technology delivers higher productivity, greater reliability, and lower acquisition and operational costs than comparable metal 3D printing solutions. To reinforce that message, HP announced partnerships with three companies representing key industrial sectors already gearing up to incorporate HP Metal Jet into production by the first half of 2019: industrial parts manufacturer GKN Powder Metallurgy and medical and industrial parts manufacturer Parmatech.
GKN Powder Metallurgy said in HP’s press release that it plans to fabricate metal parts using HP Metal Jet solutions for such companies as German automaker Volkswagen and Wilo, a pump manufacturer. Parmatech said it plans to incorporate Metal Jet manufacturing for some of its customers, including OKAY Industries, Primo Medical Group, and others.
Beginning in the first half of 2019, GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech customers will be able to upload 3D design files through Metal Jet Production Services, and the parts will be produced by HP’s new partners.
Commercial HP Metal Jet 3D printers will sell at just under $400,000, will begin shipping for early customers by 2020, and will be broadly available in 2021.
Doubt if you'll get a software file to download for your Bowman saw belt.
Sorry, bit of a sore point with you at the moment !