May 8, 2017 | By Tess

Last year, printing company HP broke on to the 3D printing market with its highly anticipated Jet Fusion 3D Printing system. Now, at the RAPID + TCT 3D printing event in Pittsburgh, PA, the 3D printer manufacturer has made a series of exciting announcements.

First, the company will be launching its 3D printing global reseller program: the HP Partner First 3D Printing Specialization program. Second, it has unveiled more than a dozen new HP 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers in the United States and Europe. And third, the company will be expanding its 3D printing materials ecosystem through a new partnership with Henkel AG & Co., a German manufacturer of chemical and consumer goods.

The HP Partner First 3D Printing Specialization program, which includes over 30 specially selected and certified partners, was launched with the goal of increasing the availability of its 3D printing systems and products across the globe. The program will first be aimed at growing HP’s North American and European markets, and will allow additive manufacturing systems providers to more efficiently and quickly dispatch HP’s Jet Fusion technology to clients.

“Certified HP 3D printing reseller partners will bring best-in-class expertise and knowledge of HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology to customers deploying the solutions, as well as value added services such as the enablement of new applications and industry-leading response time and service quality,” said the company in a statement.

HP’s new 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers (of which there are more than a dozen) are being launched in cooperation with various partners across Europe and North America. The centers, which will provide controlled environments in which 3D printing technologies and 3D printed parts can be tested, are meant to help companies work with and adopt its Jet Fusion 3D printing systems for production-level manufacturing.

HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing system

The first U.S. Reference and Experience Centers will be located in Allentown, PA; Alpharetta, GA; Carlsbad, CA; Corvallis, OR; Livonia, MI; Louisville, KY; Manchester, CT; Milpitas, CA; Palo Alto, CA; San Diego, CA; and Vancouver, WA. The first European centers will be established in Raon-l'Etape, France; Leonberg, Germany; Eindoven, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; and Birmingham, United Kingdom.

HP’s third announcement sees Henkel AG & Co. joining forces with the 3D printer manufacturer to help grow its ecosystem of global materials. HP has already partnered with Arkema, BASF, Evonik, and Lehmann & Voss for its Open Materials and Applications Platform, which is aimed at expanding the availability of new 3D printing materials, and ultimately lowering material and development costs, increasing speed and performance updates, and enabling “new possibilities” for 3D printed part applications.

As a global supplier of high-performance adhesives which are used in various industries, Henkel will use its materials expertise to help HP develop powder materials for 3D printing on HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printers.

Stephen Nigro, President of 3D printing, HP Inc.

"The partnership between HP and Henkel is backed by strong market leadership, a legacy of innovation, and an aligned commitment to additive manufacturing," commented Michael Todd, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Innovation and New Business Development, Henkel Adhesive Technologies. "With our broad material portfolio and customer base across diverse industries, Henkel is able to champion custom 3D solutions through various functional applications. This, combined with HP's vision for open materials innovation, enables us to develop materials and applications once thought impossible.”

Finally, at RAPID + TCT, HP will also be presenting its roster of service bureaus and product design houses that have implemented its Jet Fusion 3D Printing systems, both for services and production use. The roster includes such partners as Fast Radius, Forecast3D, Go Proto, Materialise, ProtoCAM, Proto Labs, Shapeways, Sigma Design, and 3D Prod.

"Building on our experience of more than 500,000 Multi Jet Fusion-produced parts, we are now scaling our 3D printing business to the next level,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc. “Today we are expanding our solutions availability through new resellers and service bureau partners, opening new experiential facilities for customers and partners, and widening our open 3D printing materials ecosystem.”

RAPID + TCT visitors can learn more about HP’s announcements at their booth, #2517. Today at the event, HP Inc. President of 3D Printing Stephen Nigro will also be taking part in a keynote panel entitled “Transformation of Manufacturing.” Be sure to check it out.



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