HP Advances Automation for Additive Manufacturing, Showcases New Platform Capabilities

News highlights:

  • New HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite enables personalization and end-to-end control across multiple additive manufacturing technologies
  • Enhanced digital HP 3D Factory Services include HP Jet Fusion 3D API and HP 3D Process Control delivering customers streamlined data access, greater manufacturing predictability and scalability
  • New industrial-grade HP Automat ic Unpacking Station, developed together with Rösler Group’s AM Solutions, reduces costs, delivers greater build consistency and enhances performance across workflows

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In advance of Formnext Connect, HP announced significant advancements in the management and automation of complex 3D printing workflows and large-scale additive manufacturing fleets. HP unveiled a new software solution, the HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite, bringing increased productivity and efficiency as well as automation to additive build management for leading 3D printing processes. The company also introduced new digital HP 3D Factory Services to provide customers with facilities and equipment analysis, staffing and training, and help implement production processes. In addition, HP announced the new HP Automat ic Unpacking Station, developed in partnership with Rösler Group’s AM Solutions, to enable greater automation for post processing, giving customers more efficiency across the entire additive manufacturing workflow.

“Automation, software, and data are key to delivering mass customization of parts and unlocking the full potential of large-scale additive manufacturing,” said Ramon Pastor, GM and Global Head of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing , HP Inc. “We are committed to relentlessly improving our capabilities and helping customers optimize and automate workflows, enable compelling new applications, and produce sustainable, high quality parts at scale.”

Reimagining Digital Workflows With New HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite

HP’s new U niversal Build Manager is a first of its kind solution which leverages proprietary HP software and data innovation, and the Dyndrite™ Accelerated Geometry Engine. The new additive manufacturing build manager takes advantage of the GPU-accelerated processing and Python scriptability inherent to Dyndrite’s engine. This combination enables customers to simplify and automate build preparation across their additive manufacturing technologies at supercharged speeds.

HP is committed to supporting multi-platform additive workflows across machine fleets, including HP Multi Jet Fusion, Binder Jetting (BJT), Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Selective Heat Sintering (SHS), Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), High Speed Extrusion (HSE), Stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Projector (DLP), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) and Composite-based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM).

The new solution has been designed to improve the additive technician’s efficiency, productivity, and quality, enabling mass-personalization, complex workflow automation, and scalability and extensibility in both manually driven and automated workflows.

“We are addressing software challenges in the additive industry that have prevented it from becoming mainstream and are providing capabilities to help customers accelerate the journey to digital manufacturing,” said Ryan Palmer, Global Head of Software, Data and Automation, HP Personalization & Industrial Business. “The new HP Universal Build Manager simplifies, automates, and delivers a digital-first approach to manufacturing. This solution will enable customers to explore new areas of complexity and value, push the boundaries of sustainable production, and automate critical steps in their digital workflow.”

Cobra Aero and Cobra Moto, a family of companies specializing in the design and manufacturing of propulsion systems for racing, fire fighting, aerospace, and surface and underwater vehicles, are deploying the new HP Universal Build Manager solution to simplify and automate workflows across HP Jet Fusion and Renishaw additive manufacturing systems.

“We are committed to producing the highest quality, most precise engine technology across all our businesses,” said Sean Hilbert , President , Cobra. “The demands on our teams are intense and highly complex. Our ability to deliver safe, top notch products relies on optimizing our systems for both productivity and reliability. We believe the new HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite will meet our needs, help us push limits and set the standard across our entire additive manufacturing processes.”

HP and Aconity 3D , Aon3D, Aurora Labs, EOS, Essentium , ExOne , Open Additive, Photocentric, Plural AM, Renishaw, and SLM Solutions have committed to exploring ways for the HP Universal Build Manager to support their 3D print systems. Additionally, the open-architecture platform is designed to support interoperability with complementary solutions from leading independent software vendors (ISVs) including Ansys.

The new HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite includes:

  • Universal support for the most widely adopted additive processes
  • Support for industry standard CAD and vendor-neutral formats enabling CAD-to-print workflows for all major MCAD applications
  • High-performance GPU-accelerated geometry engine helping accelerate computational tasks such as support generation, slicing and tool pathing
  • Highly scalable architecture designed to support high-part density builds to optimize throughput and minimize cost
  • Powerful Python-based automation engine to capture expert knowledge, process definitions and the ability to streamline workflows and automate repetitive tasks in support of lights-out digital factory solutions
  • Extensible plug-in framework making the versatility and power of the HP Universal Build Manager platform accessible to every user, machine manufacturer, and software vendor, facilitating the creation of process specific solutions without having to share potentially sensitive IP

More information on the new HP Universal Build Manager Powered by Dyndrite can be found here.

Digital Factory Services for Industrial Management and Quality at Scale

To assist in the design and implementation of digital factories featuring HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology, HP’s enhanced 3D Factory Services support the key processes necessary for successful industrial management and production of high-quality parts at scale. The services include offerings across facilities and equipment assessment, human capital planning and training, and design and implementation of production processes. Among the advanced digital services are HP 3D Application Programming Interface (API), HP 3D Process Control, and HP 3D Center.

HP is exposing the open HP 3D API to the industry’s premier software companies providing their customers who use HP’s 3D printing solutions with a robust, automated API for integrating data and streamlining workflows. Autonomous Manufacturing (AMFG), an industry leader in MES and workflow software, is enabling customers like Henkel to integrate the HP 3D API to help centralize end-to-end-workflows, provide real-time status of their HP Jet Fusion systems and receive critical alerts and information for more efficient processes and less downtime.

“Henkel aims to provide innovative solutions for Additive Manufacturing that are accelerated by reliable partners such as HP and AMFG,” said Chris Liddiard , Market Segment Head for Automotive and Industrial Parts, Adhesive Technologies Group, Henkel Corporation. “With the help of AMFG to connect to our global infrastructure of Application Centers using HP Jet Fusion printers, we are aiding in centralizing the end-to-end workflows, from initial request to final part production. Armed with this important data, Henkel can better understand and interpret data patterns related to machine utilization, failure rate, geometrical specifications and processing parameters, allowing us to provide better manufacturing services for our clients.”

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