HP (Palo Alto, CA) opened the doors today to a massive 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. Approximately the size of three football fields, the 150,000-square-foot facility brings together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts “to transform the way the world designs and manufactures,” said HP.
Specifically created to engender 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. Global brands 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 new facility also reflects a commitment to the environment, said HP, by incorporating a photovoltaic canopy to provide 110 kW of power, rainwater reuse for irrigation and sanitary purposes, HVAC and natural light optimization, and eco-friendly construction materials with a goal of achieving LEED certification. HP said that its objective is to use 100% renewable energy in its global operations over time, with a target of 60% by 2025.
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, said the company. It joins existing innovation centers in Corvallis, OR; Palo Alto, CA; San Diego, CA; Vancouver, WA; and Singapore, where it recently launched a collaboration with Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore National Research Foundation to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.