The first time I was wowed by 3D printing technology was with the Objet Eden260V at the University of Florida. And yes, the first PolyJet print I ever witnessed was a semi-transparent Yoda head. The detail was remarkable, especially when comparing it to the ZCorp powder prints that I was used to. Recently, this printer received a significant upgrade to match the new material and support options offered by Stratasys. Read our blog to learn more!
February 3, 2015
As HP took the stage last October to announce their Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, media reporters were looking for a few key answers:
- When will HP’s 3D printer using this technology ship;
- What’s the performance;
- What’s the cost, and the big question;
- Will it radically change the 3D printing industry?
All good questions, but unfortunately, we won’t have definite answers until at least 2016, which is the earliest that the first iteration of an HP 3D printer with Multi Jet Fusion was announced to ship. But that didn’t stop HP—or in some cases the media—from creating a large amount of hype, including the seemingly certain idea that HP would be turning the industrial 3D printing world upside down.
It’s generally risky to say any new technology that’s over a year away will be radically changing an industry. Yet maybe the announcement simply makes business sense for today’s HP, which is preparing to split into two companies (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and HP Inc.). There seems to be an effort with this 3D printing announcement to demonstrate innovation and new ideas coming from a company that has become best known for desktop printers and PCs. Because of this, we decided to do some fact checking of our own.