Today at the RAPID+TCT Conference, Materialise and HP Inc. announced an expansion of innovative work to pave the way towards industrial-scale 3D printing, including integration of Materialise’s industry-leading software with HP’s breakthrough Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions, and an important certification validating the HP Jet Fusion 580/380 solutions as fully compatible with Materialise Mimics in Print software for use in healthcare.
“Recent advances in technology have created new excitement and growing awareness for 3D printing as a relevant complementary manufacturing technology that will help to transform the factory floor,” said Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise. “Triggered by potential design optimizations and the ability to scale and achieve mass-customization, manufacturers recognize the economic advantages and are preparing for full-scale 3D printing production runs. Together Materialise and HP are innovating to eliminate limitations surrounding 3D printing and creating a more open market model that offers manufacturers more choice, more control and lower cost, ultimately leading to increased adoption.”
“We value the long-standing collaboration we’ve had with Materialise since entering the 3D printing industry in 2016, and recognize the shared vision to help accelerate the journey to digital manufacturing for our customers,” said Christoph Schell, President, HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing. “Combining our innovative approaches to software, data intelligence, and 3D printing will lead to the design and production of entirely new classes of applications across the world’s leading industries including automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods.”
Materialise and HP are working together on a number of innovative initiatives to accelerate the digital transformation of manufacturing, including:
Integration of a new version of the Materialise Build Processor to support the full range of printers in the HP Jet Fusion 3D printing portfolio, including the newly announced HP Jet Fusion 5200 and HP’s Jet Fusion 500/300 Series of 3D printing solutions. Materialise’s Build Processor provides a seamless connection between the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite and HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions, enabling advanced data preparation, improved operation management and production monitoring. In combination with Materialise Streamics software, it allows users to store relevant build-data for improved traceability. The new Materialise Build Processor for the HP Jet Fusion portfolio will be available in the second half of the year.
Free access to the Materialise Magics Essentials software for a period of six months for any customer purchasing an HP Jet Fusion 500/300 Series 3D printer. Customers can take advantage of the free trial to leverage the advanced color and texture handling of Materialise’s data preparation software, in combination with the full spectrum color capabilities of the HP Jet Fusion 500/300 Series. With Materialise Magics Essentials software, users can import an impressive number of file formats, including color and texture information, easily apply textures or colors on marked areas, and retain native color information and textures during model repair.
Certification of HP Jet Fusion 580/380 3D printing solutions as part of Materialise’s program to test and validate 3D printing technology as being fully compatible with the latest version of Materialise Mimics and Mimics inPrint software. This certification allows medical professionals to use the HP Jet Fusion 580/380 3D printers, in combination with Mimics software technology, to print robust full-color anatomical models for diagnostic and surgical planning processes, delivering broad benefits for patient-specific care. This includes cardiac, orthopedic and cranio maxillofacial models complete with vascular structure that have been historically difficult to 3D print.
“Materialise and HP are working to address potential challenges for healthcare providers by ensuring their 3D operations are fully compatible and able to meet quality standards for developing and printing patient-specific 3D anatomical models,” said Lee Dockstader, Director of Vertical Market Development, HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing. “Leading hospitals are adopting integrated 3D printing services as part of their medical practices as they recognize the added value it brings to personalized patient care. This joint effort supports the creation of point-of-care 3D printing facilities in hospitals, a critical step forward for advancing 3D printing in healthcare.”