Swinburne installs new HP 3D printing system

photo credit: Swinburne University of Technology

photo credit: Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is the first Australian university to install a new type of 3D printing technology with the installation of the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution – the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.

Swinburne is also reportedly the first university in Australia or New Zealand, according to their media release, to install the printer, and is HP’s first Victorian customer. Previously, innovative organisations such as Nike, BMW and Johnson & Johnson have also adopted the new technology.

Workshop manager in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne Andrew Tarlinton believes the new printer puts Swinburne students at a great advantage.

“Having the ability to create parts that are essentially finished and ready to implement brings us in line with professional prototyping labs found in many large businesses,” said Tarlinton.

“With the new technology, we can produce prototypes at speed, while maintaining a high level of detail and accuracy,” said Tarlinton.

“The HP printer also recycles 85 per cent of the powder (excess printing material) left in the build chamber to produce more components, bringing down the cost per part.”

President of HP’s 3D printing business Stephen Nigro declares the printer is breaking new ground in manufacturing industry.

“The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution delivers a combination of speed, quality, and cost never before seen,” he said.

“Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers.”