Hewlett-Packard continues to increase its presence in the 3D printing space with new releases in hardware and cyber-security offerings. Partnerships with manufacturing companies like Siemens and Deloitte allow it to diversify its printer product offerings. It shares similar visions with these two companies to make additive manufacturing (AM) more widely used in end-to-end manufacturing.
HP's partnership with Siemens has led to new AM software called Siemens NX AM that optimizes print jobs on HP's new-release Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer. The module lets users develop parts in a single environment and then print them directly. A nesting feature optimizes the placement of parts to fit within the build volume. Siemens will continue to develop its NX software for future features enabling precise material characteristics like texture, density, strength, and friction, as well as thermal, electrical, and conductivity characteristics.
Siemens is also trying to make additive manufacturing (AM) an integral part of the supply chain with the development of a global part manufacturing collaboration platform. The platform will enable product designers to communicate with maunfacturers using 3D printing to quick-turnaround product development.
HP is also partnering with Deloitte's division of Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations to further implement its 3D printing systems in large-scale manufacturing environments. To watch a video of HP and companies investing in AM technology, click here.