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HP announces world’s first production-ready 3D printers, ecosystem

HP is offering two new 3D printers -- Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer for prototyping and Jet Fusion 3D 4200 for short-run manufacturing needs.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 27, 2016 11:46:41 am
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HP Inc has finally its big 3D printing play, the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.

The company claims its HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution “revolutionises design, prototyping and manufacturing, and for the first time, delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems”.

The company had earlier told how it wants to bring in mass-level customisations from printing to 3D printing as well.

By printing functional parts at the individual voxel level — the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing — HP will offers customers the ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customisation.

Designed for model shops and 3D print service bureaus, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution offers simplified workflow and reduced cost for radical prototyping, delivery of final parts manufacturing with breakthrough economics and an open materials and software innovation platform that lowers barriers to adoption and enables new applications across industries.

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“Our 3D printing platform is unique in its ability to address over 340 million voxels per second, versus one point at a time, giving our prototyping and manufacturing partners radically faster build speeds, functional parts and breakthrough economics,” said Stephen Nigro, President of HP’s 3D printing business. “The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution delivers a combination of speed, quality, and cost never seen in the industry. Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers.”

“What we are driving for the next 75 years of HP is towards a vision we called blended reality, melding the physical with the digital, and doing it is a virtuous cycle,” Shane Wall, the Chief Technology Officer of HP who also runs HP Labs, had told earlier this year.

HP has secured the input and support of leading manufacturers, co-development partners and strategic partners, including Nike, BMW, Autodesk, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson, Materialise, Proto Labs, Shapeways and Siemens.

Tom Clarke, President of Innovation at Nike, said they have been using 3D printing to create new performance innovations for footwear for the past several years. “Now we are excited to partner with HP to accelerate and scale our existing capabilities as we continue to explore new ways to manufacture performance products to help athletes reach their full potential.”

HP is offering two new 3D printers — the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer for prototyping and HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 for short-run manufacturing needs. A synchronized set of tools includes intuitive software, an innovative HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling, and high-quality materials.

HP has also collaborated with software partners like Autodesk, Materialise and Siemens to enable deeper integration of 3D printing into manufacturing processes.

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