3/27/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

HP Unveils Open Materials and Applications Lab

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The Corvallis, Oregon, facility will help advance the development of new 3D printing materials.

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Earlier this month, HP opened its new 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab, a 3,500-square-foot space designed for 3D materials partners to jumpstart product development, test new materials and get real-time feedback from engineers. According to the company, a focus on cross-industry collaboration at the new lab is meant to spur innovation and speed time-to-market with new 3D printing materials and applications that are reliable, safe and affordable. 

The lab opened just shy of a year after HP announced its Multi Jet Fusion technology and its first commercial 3D printers. Geared toward replacing injection-molding machinery on factory floors, the solution is said to produce higher quality physical parts faster and at lower cost. The new 3D materials and applications lab will be a proving ground for HP’s 3D print technology and its initial partners, who can use the lab space to test new, powdered raw materials to use in HP’s 3D printers.

Currently, HP is working with four materials companies to co-develop new materials and refine the materials certification process. Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehman & Voss have committed to the HP Open Platform and are working on certified materials for the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 and HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printers. The company will also continue to add partners to the program, allowing them to solve customer problems with 3D printing technology while HP expands its materials library. Partners send engineers to work in the lab on HP’s tools and printers, who will return with what they learned to iterate on the materials in rapid development cycles.

HP's goal is to open a materials platform similar to an app store, offering a variety of certified materials. In October, Evonic became the first partner to announce a certified material. 

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