Polypropylene Material Expands 3D Printing Market and Enables New Applications in Automotive Sector

PP is a versatile material ideal for a wide range of automotive applications. The new HP 3D High-Reusability PP enabled by BASF, provides customers with a genuine new additive manufacturing material offering the same properties as commonly used PPs in injection moulding, which has proven to have nearly unlimited use.

New PP Unlocks Opportunity and Improves Sustainability

With its excellent chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and long-term durability, Polypropylene is the ideal material for piping, fluid systems, and containers. For example, automakers will be able to use the same PP for prototyping and production of final parts found in vehicles’ interior, exterior, and under-the-hood.

Developed in partnership with BASF for HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series, the new PP material delivers high productivity and minimises waste for industrial-level manufacturing. In addition to breakthrough economics and performance, the new PP helps reduce waste by enabling up to 100% reusability of surplus powder.

Watch the video below to discover how you can accelerate your existing workflows, shorten time to market, and improve part functionality with HP 3D HR PP, enabled by BASF:

HP is jointly developing entirely new PP applications with partners, parts providers, and customers including Extol, specialising in plastics engineering and innovation with industry-leading plastic assembly technology, custom automation, and engineering services; GKN Powder Metallurgy/Forecast 3D, a provider of advanced industrial 3D printing, short-run manufacturing, and high-volume production; Henkel, a leader of high-impact adhesives and engineering solutions; Oechsler, a leading additive manufacturing parts provider; and Prototal, one of Europe’s most experienced parts manufacturers.

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New Professional Services & Expanded Industry 4.0 Alliances

To help customers accelerate their journey to digital manufacturing, HP announced new and expanded 3D Professional Services offerings and industrial alliances, including:

  • HP 3D Professional Services: HP is unveiling a variety of new professional services capabilities including design optimisation for breakthrough applications, manufacturing process streamlining to enable mass customisation and scale production, and applications identification and discovery services.
  • BASF and HP are advancing their strategic alliance to jointly develop new applications with market-leading customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial and medical industries. With the new PP and the recent introduction of the innovative ULTRASINT® TPU01 thermoplastic polyurethane, the two industry leaders are working together to accelerate the design and mass production of 3D printed parts, enabling customers to go to market faster, more cost-effectively, and more sustainably than ever before.
  • A new strategic alliance with Oechsler AG, a leading global engineering solution provider and one of the largest parts manufacturers in the additive industry. The alliance will span the product lifecycle from application design to production of final parts. Oechsler is using its fleet of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D Series printers and an extensive materials portfolio to help leading automakers, global consumer electronics companies, home and commercial appliances, and innovative medical device providers produce a variety of new applications.
  • Fast Radius, a leading manufacturing technology company, has qualified as a new member of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions.  Members of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

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