Progress in 3D authentication and identification brings 3D manufacturing closer Multi-jet-fusion printed part on the left and a high-resolution scan of the indicated portion of it on the right showing the micro surface structure used for authentication. An HP Labs investigation into accurately identifying and authenticating 3D-printed objects is helping enable a future where parts for high performance machines like jet engines are routinely printed to order. It may also aid the development of new systems for tracking physical objects of any kind on a massive scale. “To use a 3D printed part in a machine like an aero-engine, you need to be able to confidently identify and track that part after it has been printed from a known and trusted printer,” observes Bristol, UK-based researcher Stephen Pollard. One way to do that would be to add a unique identifier like a bar code to each printed item. But Pollard and his colleagues in HP’s Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab wanted to come up with an approach that added no processing or materials cost to the 3D printing process and that would also have applicability for 3D objects created via more conventional methods. Their solution: a low cost, three-stage, automated identification and authentication system that doesn’t require a printed object to be readied for authentication in any way. It works by first designating a small area of the object to be tracked as the location of a “virtual forensic mark.” This need only be a centimeter or so square and can easily be pre-assigned in the digital version of the 3D object before it is printed. Once the item is printed, it is robotically scanned so that the location of the virtual forensic mark can be identified. Finally, a second, very high resolution scanner takes a measurement of that small area. It’s so accurate – detecting surface differences of just two thousandths of a millimeter - that it can establish a unique digital signature for every printed version of an identical 3D object. With this identifying information on file, the object can be scanned again whenever a confirmation of the object’s specific identity is needed. “It’s like a fingerprint scanner for physical objects,” says Pollard. The team has already created prototypes for most of the elements in their system. They next plan to miniaturize and integrate them together into a single prototype device, creating a tool that does the work of instruments that currently cost tens of thousands of dollars for under $100 per machine. One major challenge will be to place each of these elements together in way that allows the process to be fully automated, adds Labs researcher Faisal Azhar. “The other hard problem we face is extracting reliable and repeatable signatures of the 3D parts,” Azhar says. “We are already able to make incredibly accurate scans but those scans need to be reliably repeatable to be confident that the object we identify right after printing is the same object we later want to place, for [...]
Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to: Listen to iRobot discuss their investment in HP 3D Printing and discover their common uses. Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap. See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200. Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies. EVENT DETAILS January 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Cimquest HQ, 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130 Branchburg, NJ 08876 Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you’ll also get a tour of Cimquest’s new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by clicking on the button below. Register Here
This case study covers the world's third largest contract manufacturer and their use of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Jabil, a contractor that works with major consumer brands, faces the challenge of bringing more customization and complexity to the designs of their customers. Through HP’s solution they’re able to produce end-use parts in large volumes, and at a price point that’s competitive with traditional manufacturing. To download and read the full story, please click the button below. Download the Jabil Case Study PDF Please enter your Email address and Zip to Download the Jaebel Case Study PDF.
Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to: Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap. See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200. Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies. Cost comparison of running low volume production parts versus injection molding. EVENT DETAILS January 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cimquest HQ 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130 Branchburg, NJ 08876 Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you'll also get a tour of Cimquest's new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by clicking on the button below. We hope to see you there! Sign Up!
HP is offering an informational 3D printing webinar tomorrow afternoon - The Advantages of Designing for MJF Instead of Injection Molding. During this webinar, they will discuss how designing for MJF can optimize costs, free the engineer of constraints imposed by injection molding, and accelerate the development process through delivering production quality parts at the prototype phase and enabling rapid iteration. Attendees will understand how keeping in mind designing for MJF while taking advantage of the freedom of design that 3D printing affords can dramatically affect production costs. This event is tomorrow afternoon so don't delay in registering. Details below. Date December 5th2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Speaker John Briden Senior R&D Manager, HP John Briden is a Stanford Mechanical Engineering graduate who has spent a career developing products at leading consumer electronics companies like Apple and HP Inc. He recently joined HP’s Multi-Jet-Fusion 3D printing group to help usher in the next industrial revolution with 3D printing for production. Register for this event by clicking the button below. Register Here
HP brings decades of experience in 2D printing and materials science to the 3D printing market. With the development and release of this platform, they seek to address the demands for increased speed, throughput, and productivity in additive manufacturing. The HP Jet Fusion 4200 is made up of the printer, build unit, and processing station. To begin, HP material cartridges are first inserted into the processing station. The station performs an automated mixing process, and the materials are loaded into the 3D Build Unit. The build unit is now ready to be placed into the printer. In the printing stage, a layer of material powder is first spread across the build area. In one continuous pass, fusing and detailing agents are applied, along with energy to further fuse the layers. The build area then moves down a layer and the loop is repeated until the parts are complete. Upon completion of this stage, the build unit is removed and placed in the processing station to cool. A second build unit can then be inserted back into the printer for the next build. The HP Multi Jet Fusion has a closed loop thermal control system, which measures hundreds of points on the material bed. This results in full control over mechanical properties, leading to dimensional accuracy and repeatability. Finished parts have a consistent quality with fine detail, regardless of the quantity. The continuous two-pass system delivers significantly greater throughput and a lower cost per part when compared with other technologies. This ability to perform fast, high-volume production of functional parts makes it a viable manufacturing solution for certain applications. It is also great for one-off parts and prototyping. HP currently offers High Reusability PA 12, a high strength, engineering-grade thermoplastic. But what’s really appealing is HP’s Open materials platform, which can certify outside material developers to produce unique materials. Users can be assured they will have access to an ever-growing portfolio of materials in the future, opening the doors to even more applications and markets. The HP Multi Jet Fusion is a total end-to-end platform for prototyping and production. The system eliminates many of the barriers of traditional 3D printing, providing a low cost per part, large-scale output, and superior mechanical characteristics. For more information on the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer, please click the button below. More Info
Cimquest has announced an agreement with HP Inc. to sell and support HP Jet Fusion 3D printersin the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast territories, encompassing the state of Virginia all the way through Maine. “I am excited to combine Cimquest’s award winning customer service with HP’s award-winning 3D printing platform. Our 19 years of 3D printing and 28 years of subtractive manufacturing (Mastercam) experience coupled with HP’s true high volume production technology provides a unique solution to the market. No single manufacturing process stands alone and with our expertise with many manufacturing processes, Cimquest is well suited to support our customers’ selection and implementation of 3D printing.” Says Rob Hassold - Founder/CEO of Cimquest, Inc. The HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 solution offers an end-to-end platform for prototyping and production based on HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. This solution lowers the barriers of entry to additive manufacturing by providing faster build speeds, high-quality functional parts, and breakthrough economics. The HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 machine operates through a unique Multi-Agent printing process, offering dimensional accuracy, fine aesthetics, and superior mechanical properties. Parts can currently be printed in High Reusability PA 12, but many new materials will be available down the line through HP’s Open Materials program. HP’s Open Materials program enables third-party companies to develop unique materials that are certified for HP Multi Jet Fusion, providing customers with an ever-growing portfolio of materials for different applications. [button link="http://cimquest-inc.com/2-minute-tuesday/" color="default" size="" stretch="" type="" shape="" target="_self" title="" gradient_colors="#0080b7|#0080b7" gradient_hover_colors="|" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" bevel_color="" border_width="1px" icon="" icon_divider="yes" icon_position="left" modal="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" alignment="left" class="" id=""]Watch the new HP 3D Printer in today's Cimquest 2 Minute Tuesday [/button] [separator style_type="none" top_margin="20" bottom_margin="10" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""] [youtube id="VXntl3ff5tc" width="600" height="350" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""] [separator style_type="none" top_margin="20" bottom_margin="10" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""] Come see the new the HP Jet Fusion printer at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo being held October 18th and 19th at Cimquest’s NJ headquarters, where more than 10 different 3D Printer manufacturers will be exhibiting. There will also be more than 25 unique technical seminars covering specific technologies and applications. [button link="http://cimquest-inc.com/2017ame/" color="default" size="" stretch="" type="" shape="" target="_self" title="" gradient_colors="#0080b7|#0080b7" gradient_hover_colors="|" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" bevel_color="" border_width="1px" icon="" icon_divider="yes" icon_position="left" modal="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" alignment="right" class="" id=""]Details & Registration[/button]