HP pledges supply chain transformation as part of its 3D journey

By James Henderson
HP says it is to make large-scale improvements to its supply chain as part of its journey to full-scale 3D production. The company is to leverage its o...

HP says it is to make large-scale improvements to its supply chain as part of its journey to full-scale 3D production.

The company is to leverage its own 3D printing technology to lower costs, speed time to market, increase customer satisfaction, and improve sustainability, HP is using Multi Jet Fusion across its Print, Personal Systems, and 3D Printing business units.

Such a move will reduce design time by up to 50%, and saving millions of dollars in deferred tooling expenses, for numerous parts across HP products.

New materials utilisation and part consolidation will also led to lead times being reduced from months to days, 90% reduction in weight, 95% reduction in cost and more than 30x reduction in carbon footprint.

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Instead of expensive tooling and moulding, plastic parts for the new HP Z 3D Camera were produced with Multi Jet Fusion leading to significant cost-savings and shortening the lead time by more than six weeks.

“HP delivers nearly 100 million products annually through a sophisticated network of HP factories, original design manufacturers, and logistics providers across more than 170 countries,” said Stuart Pann, Chief Supply Chain Officer, HP Inc. 

“This unique programme brings together product design, engineering, procurement, supply chain operations, and manufacturing to unleash the potential of Multi Jet Fusion. 

“Embracing the design freedom of 3D printing, HP is making breakthroughs in cost, productivity, quality, and performance as we digitally reinvent our product lifecycle and supply chain.”

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