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HP reveals 3D printing technology

October 30, 2014

The OEM revealed the Multi Jet Fusion technology alongside an “immersive computing platform”.

HP's 3D printing unit

HP’s 3D printing unit

In its press release regarding the new technology, the announcement of which was reported yesterday, HP stated that the new technology would “set standards in quality, performance and speed”, whilst its computing platform Sprout would “redefine how creation and technology come together”.

The two releases come under a “blended reality ecosystem” that is “designed to break down the barriers between the digital and physical worlds”, with the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology “engineered to resolve critical gaps” in the market concerning “speed, quality and cost”, whilst the Sprout platform would help “create a foundation for future immersive technologies”.

The 3D printing technology is built on HP’s thermal inkjet technology, and uses a “unique synchronous architecture” to image surface areas of objects “at least 10 times faster than the fastest technology in the market today”. It also uses a proprietary multi-agent process through the thermal inkjet to “simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents” for “greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength”.

Other features include improved accuracy and detail as well as “break-through economics” utilised by “unif[ying] and integrat[ing] various steps” of the printing process to reduce costs, time, energy usage and waste. The technology is available today, but wider distribution of the system will begin in 2016, and the OEM is “inviting open collaboration” with customers to improve the technology over the next few years.

The Sprout technology meanwhile uses an “immersive” user interface for a “new computing experience”, combining a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera and projector into one device to “take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace”. An application marketplace has also been produced to allow collaboration and “take advantage” of the platform.

Dion Weisler, Executive Vice President of HP’s Printing & Personal Systems (PPS), and future CEo of HP Inc., commented: “We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing. Our ability to deliver blended reality technologies will reduce the barriers between the digital and physical worlds, enabling us to express ourselves at the speed of thought – without filters, without limitations. This ecosystem opens up new market categories that can define the future, empowering people to create, interact and inspire like never before.”

Stephen Nigro, Senior Vice President of HP’s Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, added: “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. HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to transform manufacturing across industries by delivering on the full potential of 3D printing with better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics.”

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