3D Printing Industry was on hand at ISA Sign Expo 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada recently when HP announced a new line of digital textile printers. Apparently, these printers utilize the wonders of manufacturing.
HP launched this “portfolio of digital textile printers for fast and precise color-matching, which show how additive manufacturing is increasingly used for end-use production.”
“This new range of large-format 2D printers, named the HP Stitch S series, incorporates 3D printed parts. Using additive manufacturing has saved the company an estimated $145,000 in tooling, design prototype modifications, and final parts production. The three new printers in the textile range include the HP Stitch S300, the HP Stitch S500, and the HP Stitch S1000.”
“HP Multi Jet fusion technology uses Nylon 12 (PA 12), fusing and detailing agents, to create high precision 3D printed parts with quality surface finishes. This process was utilized for several end-use and prototyped parts for the HP Stitch S Series printers.”
Indeed, one of these “3D printed parts includes a sensor pixar. This is located on the flat platform of the printer (platen) and moves the media, detecting the progress of each print job. HP reported savings of approximately $15,000 in tooling with MJF as it eliminated the need for molds.”
HP also claims “as a result of additive manufacturing, the cost of other parts has been reduced to 93%, while accelerating development cycles and iterations of design, reducing the time from weeks to days. Such 3D printed components are lighter and more space efficient, which has also decreased material consumption in the overall production of the HP Stitch S printers.”
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