GKN Powder Metallurgy and HP Metal Jet functional metal part.
GKN Powder Metallurgy and HP Metal Jet functional metal part.

GKN Powder Metallurgy has formed a strategic collaboration with HP and will use its new binder jetting technology to make metal parts for auto.

 The company will be the first to use the HP Metal Jet into its factories to produce functional metal parts for auto companies including Volkswagen and Wilo in order to promote the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM).

According to GKN the new printer can increase users' productivity up to 50 fold, compared to other 3D printing methods, at nearly half the cost of other binder jetting systems.

‘Our vision for additive manufacturing in the enterprise moves beyond prototypes and small-series production and into mass production. We see a future where every modern digital company will have a cutting-edge 3D printer in their facilities,’ said Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy. ‘As we join forces with HP, we want our customers to challenge us to break design barriers and accelerate the adoption of binder jetting technology.’

In first half of 2019, customers will be able to receive industrial-grade parts in higher quantities, GKN says. GKN Powder Metallurgy will be the only partner using the HP Metal Jet within the automotive and industrial market until the machine becomes generally available in 2020.

This story is reprinted from material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.