HP announced this week their brand new 3D printer which would be set up to take the industry by storm in the coming years. The technology, though it will not be readily available for the average consumer until 2016, is among the most exciting in the 3D printing industry.
The new HP 3D printer will be using Multi Jet Fusion technology will be what makes this series of printers the quickest on the market. Specifically, HP said this week that these printers would be 10 times faster than anything else on the market right now, or in the coming years. Additionally, HP said that they are focusing on affordability, and clearly the company is working toward a more mainstream experience when it comes to 3D printing.
That wasn’t the only thing though that HP announced that day related to their 3D printers. The same day that the new 3D printers were announced Sprout. Sprout is a desktop computer – that is focused on the creative user, and even comes with a projector and 3D-capable scanner.
HP’s senior vice president Stephen Nigro said in a statement regarding the company’s increased focus and work toward 3D printing that, “As we examined the existing 3D print market, we saw a great deal of potential but also saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost.”
The company is putting a lot of stock, and a lot of effort in their Multi Jet Fusion technology, which HP has said will transform the industry and revolutionize the way 3D printing occurs. However, 3D printing is also admittedly several years away from any mainstream fruition. Beginning next year, and slowly thereafter the company will be releasing various portions of their systems.
HP is a company though that has had struggles over recent years, and their eagerness to get into 3D printing really broadens expectations of major companies like HP – who have well-established names in printing. HP has been working in traditional printing for decades, and has in many ways been a leader in that space.
That makes this move a little less surprising. However, it is still being viewed as an aggressive move, even with customers being forced to wait some time before it is truly widespread.