HP planning low-cost metal additive manufacturing & full-color 3D printing in 2018

3ders.org | 10/13/2017 | Staff
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HP is planning to release a metal 3D printing platform in 2018, as well as a full-color 3D printing solution. The company says it has developed a “novel” approach to metal 3D printing, adding that its full-color 3D printing will offer “mechanically robust” parts.

Well here’s a big juicy 3D printing story to end the week on. After entering the 3D printing market last year with its Jet Fusion 3D printer, printing giant HP has jumped right into the center of the additive manufacturing world.

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Although the pricy Jet Fusion has mostly been used by big companies like Deloitte and Nike, even casual 3D printing enthusiasts will be interested to see where the inkjet extraordinaire goes next.

HP CEO Dion Weisler this week gave a big clue about his company’s next moves, suggesting that 2018 could see HP releasing both metal 3D printing and full-color 3D printing solutions. Given that the Jet Fusion only appeared in 2016, that’s quite an exciting jump for the mega-brand, even taking into account its financial clout.

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Although full details will only be released next year, Weisler suggested that HP’s forthcoming color printing solution would be an extension of the Jet Fusion model. The CEO has even demonstrated several colorful 3D printed parts to customers, showing that the technology is well on the way to completion.

In one instance, HP used this color 3D printing technology to highlight different stress areas on a multi-colored bracket. “The designer can zoom in on high-stress areas and see where they might modify the design,” Weisler said. “Interesting shapes like this in full color are only able to be produced with 3D printing.”

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Although there isn’t much information to go on, HP’s claim that it will be able to 3D print full-color parts that are “mechanically robust and fully functional” is something to get pretty...
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