Citing cost savings and design freedom, HP is integrating their 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology, Multi Jet Fusion, into their supply chain for multiple products.
This week at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference in St Louis, HP is presenting a case-study on how the company has transformed their own product life-cycle with 3D printing.
Naturally, they’ve been using their own Multi Jet Fusion technology as a test-bed. And given how HP itself is one of the largest designers, manufacturers, and distributors of products in the world, that makes this an additive manufacturing case-study of unprecedented scale.
The official title of the program is “Reinventing HP With Multi Jet Fusion”. It details how the company has embraced its own technology to fundamentally alter the design, production, and distribution of HP products worldwide.
“In the last year alone more than three million parts were produced on Multi Jet Fusion and more than 50% are for end use,” says Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc.
“As one of the largest manufacturers in the world, HP is also leveraging our own technology to transform our product development lifecycle to help lower costs, speed time to market, increase customer satisfaction, and improve sustainability across our business.”
Just a few real-world examples of the benefits of HP’s first-of-its kind program include:
Moreoever, HP boasts of pioneering 3D printing benefits to corporate sustainability. These include reduced warehousing and transportation due to on-demand production, reduced scrap as a result of better supply/demand control, reduced material consumption and increased material recyclability, and reduced fuel consumption of the end product in industries such as auto and aerospace thanks to lightweight designs possible only with 3D printing.
It’s not unusual for a company to adopt a marketing and PR policy of eating their own dog food. But if the above activities are any indication, HP executives are tucking their napkins under their chins and making a glorious meal of it.
Source: Press Release
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