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HP Pitches 3-D Metal Printer in Bid to Expand in Manufacturing

HP Inc. signage stands on display outside the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, California, on May 28, 2018.

HP Inc. signage stands on display outside the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, California, on May 28, 2018.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

HP Inc., the largest maker of personal computers, is making a big push into the manufacturing industry with its first printer that can churn out 3-D metal parts.

HP is unveiling the Metal Jet printer, and some early customers, at a manufacturing trade show in Chicago on Monday. Engineering firm GKN Plc is using the printers in its factories to produce parts for companies including Volkswagen AG, one of the biggest automakers. GKN makes more than 3 billion components a year and expects to print millions of production-grade HP Metal Jet parts for customers as early as next year, HP said in a statement.