HP, a global technology company, says it’s collaborating GKN Additive to broaden the horizons of additive manufacturing.
This collaboration encompasses the introductory qualification of a diverse range of materials for HP’s Metal Jet S100 customers, including ten different steel grades such as M2 tool steel and a dual-phase steel (Free Sintering Low Alloy).
A strategic area of focus of this collaboration is advancing GKN’s efforts to combine HP’s Metal Jet S100 technology with unique material offerings to take tooling to the next level with a precision-focused approach tailored to address unique customer challenges. The aim is to accelerate innovations in the tooling industry to achieve enhanced productivity and unrivaled quality without the need for traditional machining.
Examples of such innovations include:
· No Machining: Develop near-net shaped tools, significantly reducing material waste and production time.
· Wire/Sink Erosion: Final contour of tools is achieved through wire/sink erosion, ensuring precision and efficiency.
· HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing): Enhance the density and integrity of 3D-printed components, optimizing their performance.
· Plasma Nitriding: Surface treatment to improve wear resistance and durability.
· PVD-Coating (Physical Vapor Deposition): Provide tools with enhanced surface properties.
GKN Additive and HP’s collaboration will continue expanding material availability and advancements for the tooling industry by combining GKN’s material and production expertise with HP’s process knowledge to accelerate qualification work. Customers can purchase powders directly from GKN and access HP’s Professional Services to establish a development program for their specific needs.