Jun 21, 2016 | By Tess

As many of our readers will already know, HP has taken the 3D printing world by storm with its Jet Fusion 3D printer systems, capable of printing ten times as fast as existing systems, for half the cost. In light of the company’s achievements within additive manufacturing, the company has also announced that it will be expanding its International Centre in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, which specializes in the development of large format printing and 3D printing technologies.

The announcement was made by Helena Herrero, HP Iberia’s president, who said, “Our commitment to this latest technology, which is set to reinvent design, prototyping and manufacturing…has resulted in these facilities becoming too small.” In order to promote more innovation and further advancements within the field of 3D printing, HP is reportedly set to invest €60 million ($67.7 million) a year into the centre’s research and development.

According to a company representative, the HP International Centre in Sant Cugat currently employs 1,700 professionals from 60 different nationalities, making it one of the largest 3D printing centres outside of the United States. The Sant Cugat centre is also responsible for registering about 150 patents a year, and expects that number to rise to over 200 patents a year in the next year.

HP recently unveiled its first two 3D printer models at the RAPID 3D additive manufacturing conference in Orlando, Florida: the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer, and the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer. The 3200 model, designed for prototyping, will be available as of mid 2017, and the more advanced model, the 4200, designed for prototyping and short-run manufacturing, will begin shipping as of October 2016. The 4200 is currently available for pre-order.

Ramon Pastor

Ramon Pastor, vice president and general manager 3D printing at HP’s Sant Cugat Center, explains that the new 3D printing systems and the expansion of HP’s centre are not just products, but an opportunity for Spain to stake its place in the industrial revolution that additive manufacturing is bringing about. According to Pastor, the growing technology, which allows for high quality parts to be manufactured both economically and democratically, will result in a shift in the industrial paradigm, and we can expect to see some major changes within the manufacturing industry within the next 5 to 10 years.

Since unveiling the new and innovative Jet Fusion 3D printer systems, HP has already partnered with such high-profile clients as BMW, who will use the technology for serial part production and customization, and Nike, which will use it for manufacturing footwear.




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