HP To Begin Producing 3D Printers Later This Year
Printer ink manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) has struck a deal with Stratasys which will see the production of a new range of 3D printers.
The new technology allows computer-drawn models to be constructed by the new devices, which will arrive on the market later this year.
It is somewhat of a breakthrough in printer technology, with the machines able to build models either by removing a material from a block or by using other materials to construct it gradually.
Stratasys uses fused deposition modelling, with the cheapest of its existing models on the market for £9,100.
HP has yet to say how much its new 3D printers will cost, although it is likely to be in the thousands rather than hundreds.
This is likely to mean their initial take-up will be by businesses looking at delivering bespoke products, with the majority of homes unable to afford the price tag.
"There are millions of 3D designers using 2D printers who are ready to bring their designs to life in 3D," explained Santiago Morera, HP's large format printing business vice president and general manager.
By Peter Cragg.