HP Opens New 150,000-Square-Foot 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence

The Center will be targeting R&D, engineering, co-development, and sustainable innovation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence brings together hundreds of the world’s additive manufacturing experts in more than 150,000 sq. ft of space. Image courtesy of HP.

HP Inc. opened the doors to its new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, said to be one of the world’s largest and most advanced research and development facilities for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, HP says. The new Center brings together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts in more than 150,000 square feet of innovation space—about the size of three football fields—to transform design and manufacturing.  

Exterior view of HP’s new 150,000 sq. ft 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. Image courtesy of HP.

The 3+ acre facility at HP’s Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of HP’s industrial 3D printing portfolio and provides a large-scale factory environment to collaborate with customers and partners on the digital manufacturing technologies in their industries.

“HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centers on earth—it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation,” says Christoph Schell, president of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc.

“We are bringing HP’s substantial resources and peerless industrial 3D printing expertise together with our customers, partners and community to drive the technologies and skills that will further unleash the benefits of digital manufacturing,” he adds. 

HP’s new facility integrates flexible layouts for collaboration across engineering, R&D groups, customers, and partners with fleets of the latest plastics and metals 3D production systems for rapid and agile product development. Image courtesy of HP.

The new Center of Excellence unites hundreds of 3D printing and digital manufacturing experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design and applications.  

Specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and R&D groups, customers and partners, the new facility integrates flexible and interactive layouts, co-development environments, and fleets of the latest HP plastics and metals 3D production systems to drive more rapid and agile product development and end-to-end solutions for customers.  Leaders such as BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the Center.

The 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence design also reflects HP’s commitment to the environment by incorporating a photovoltaic canopy to provide 110kW of power, rain water reuse for irrigation and sanitary purposes, HVAC and natural light optimization, and eco-friendly construction materials with a goal of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. At a company level, HP’s goal is to use 100% renewable energy in its global operations over time, with a target of 60% by 2025.

HP’s new 3+ acre facility in Barcelona, focused on development of its 3D printing portfolio, provides a large-scale factory environment for customers and partners to collaborate on digital manufacturing technologies. Image courtesy of HP.

HP’s investment in the new Barcelona Center creates one of the largest 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development facilities in the world, according to HP. It significantly expands HP’s global 3D printing and digital manufacturing footprint and enhances existing innovation locations in Corvallis, OR; Palo Alto and San Diego, CA; Vancouver, WA; Barcelona, Spain; and Singapore, where HP recently launched a groundbreaking collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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