You’ve heard of 3D printers, and you know they can print everything from toys to car parts to human parts – but we bet you haven’t heard of one printing its own parts.
HP recently released the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printer, its latest 3D printer that’s made from 3D printed parts. Not only is the printer designed from its own 3D printed parts, but it’s also built to print these high-quality parts at industrial levels of efficiency and accuracy. What’s truly incredible is that, by creating the printer from printed parts, its assembly was knocked down from 30 parts to only six.
Martin Goede, head of technology planning and development at Volkswagen, said, “As one of the world’s largest auto groups, we see enormous opportunities for digital manufacturing technologies to speed our innovation cycle, bring new products to market faster, and improve our manufacturing efficiency and sustainability.”
The printer is also of interest to wind turbine producer Vestas. “The combination of new 3D printing materials and technology breakthroughs is a significant step toward unlocking new design possibilities, streamlining our manufacturing, and improving environmental sustainability,” says Jeremy Haight, senior principal engineer of emerging technologies at Vestas.
They will also feature in HP’s ongoing relationship with the industrial manufacturer Siemens. Together, the two companies will combine HP’s 3D printing and data intelligence platform with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise software portfolio.
This expanded offering, according to HP, integrates hardware, software, data intelligence, and services to optimize the efficiency of the manufacturing process, from design and simulation through production planning, execution, quality, and control.