Hewlett Packard (HP) yesterday unveiled the world’ first production-ready commercial 3D printing system at SME’s RAPID 2016, the world’s foremost additive manufacturing conference.
HP said that its 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.
“By printing functional parts for the first time at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing), HP offers customers an unprecedented ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customisation,” the company said in a press release.
Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business, said the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution offers simplified workflow and reduced cost for radical prototyping, delivery of final parts manufacturing with breakthrough economics, as well as open materials and software innovation platform that lowers barriers to adoption and enables new applications across industries.
“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,” Mr Nigro added.
“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.”
The company will initially launch two 3D printers; the lower-cost and lower production HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200.
HP claims that its HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer is ideal for prototyping, offering improved productivity and the capacity to grow usage at a lower cost per part, while the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer is designed for prototyping and short-run manufacturing needs, with high productivity to meet same-day demands at the lowest cost per part.
The company said that the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer will be delivered in late 2016, with the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer to be available in 2017.