Hewlett-Packard (HP) pounces on its many years of experience and expertise in producing printers by coming up with another innovation just like the good old days as it has just announced the unveiling of its still nameless 3D that has the potential to take 3D printing and manufacturing industries to a new dimension
HP had placed into the spotlight its new found Multi Jet Fusion technology at a media event that was held at New York just this week. The cutting edge technology showcased HP’s prowess in inkjet paper printing by employing huge 3D print heads that can cope with up to 10,000 nozzles.
HP said that the 3D printer is capable of printing out 10 times faster with pinpoint accuracy than the other present top-of-the-shelves printers by utilizing a groundbreaking technique which is known as selective laser sintering.
HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology employs a print bar that shoots out at a rate of 350 million drops rate second with precision (21 microns), which enables the printer to come up with 1,000 new gears in three hours. The printer works with a material coating process, followed by the application of fusion agents utilizing a print bar that scan the material. When the material already has the necessary details it will then get exposed to an energy source for the final fusion. Finally, the material will take 83 hours to yield the same number of gears using selective laser sintering.
HP has already carved out a niche in the printing industry, but thinks that the 3D printing hasn’t been exploited yet, and still not part of the mainstream manufacturing industry. The company would like to pounce on this opportunity to broaden further its market portfolio.
HP also intends to expand the use of thermoplastics and produce new printing materials like metal and ceramic. It also yearns to have more room for a wide-range of colors it already employs for traditional ink and paper printing.
HP senior vice president for inkjet and graphics solutions Stephen Nigro said, “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.” He added that after evaluating the present 3D printing technologies, the company had decided to make the most out of their homebrewed inkjet technology to produce a 3D printer that can quickly creates layers of fused material into whatever object one lingers to make.
Analyst Pat Moorhead at Moor Insights and Strategy said “In the future, it enables printing of almost any product – a chip, a phone, headphones,” and added, “This is the long-term future, but could fundamentally change the way we manufacture.”