In a recently announced strategic collaboration, GKN Powder Metallurgy will be the first company to deploy the HP Metal Jet, a binder-jetting technology, into its factories. GKN Powder Metallurgy will use HP Inc.’s 3D printer to produce functional metal parts for automotive companies including Volkswagen and for other industrial leaders.

GKN Powder Metallurgy and HP are working toward a vision of driving the global industrialization of additive manufacturing. The HP Metal Jet increases users’ productivity up to 50-fold compared to other 3D-printing methods at nearly half the cost of other binder-jetting systems. The technology will enable GKN Powder Metallurgy to reduce the time-to-market for mass-produced parts from months to weeks, lowering development costs and providing greater design and manufacturing flexibility.

By integrating the HP Metal Jet into the workflow across its plants worldwide, GKN Powder Metallurgy will leverage its metal expertise to engineer new powders based on customer needs and help them design parts they did not realize were possible. The company will build on its foundation of sintering 13 million metal parts per day.