3D printer manufacturer HP has announced several partnerships to further develop its Metal Jet technology for binder jetting metal parts. According to the company, the collaborations are aimed at various aspects of the end-to-end process.
For example, it is working with metal powder manufacturer Sandvik on new materials such as superalloys and cost-effective 316L stainless steel. Customers should benefit from the combination of Sandvik’s material expertise and HP’s process know-how.
A further partnership with AM service provider GKN Additive includes the qualification of various metal powders and the further development of toolmaking. The aim is to use metallic 3D printing to increase productivity and quality in toolmaking and reduce reworking.
The third cooperation with furnace manufacturer Elnik aims to optimize sintering technology for HP’s binder jetting process. A furnace configuration has been jointly developed specifically for the post-treatment of printed parts.
According to HP, the partnerships should help to further develop materials, applications and process steps of the Metal Jet process. This could open up new application potential in various industrial sectors.