HP Launch Its Own Fast 3D Printer
Printer giant HP are joining the 3D printing market with an industrial machine that is 10 times faster and 50% cheaper than current 3D printer systems.
HP have announced a new technology and 3D printer they think is going to revolutionize the 3D printing industry. Using a technology called Multijet Fusion, HP says they have rapidly sped up the printing time from days to only a few hours.
The giant machine is not designed for the home, but rather to be a new piece of equipment for additive manufacturing. Designed to reduce the time and cost of 3D printing, multijet fusion works like so:
- Powdered material is spread across a build area.
- A ‘fusing agent’ is applied by a paint bar.
- At the same time, a detailing agent is applied for high definition.
- These separate agents are fused together.
This process creates one layer of the object that is being printed. Then, like other 3D printers, the layers are added together resulting in the finished object.
HP's printer uses a high resolution print bar and a jet that disperses 350 million drops per second at 21 micron precision. To put that into perspective, the MakerBot Replicator 2 has only 100 micron resolutions and other personal printers have up to 50 microns.
HP claims that what would take standard 3D printers 83 hours to print, can be printed with HP’s multijet fusion printer in just 3 hours. Despite impressive print speeds, it’s not so much the product or even the printing process that’s of interest here. It’s more to do with the fact that HP, one of the biggest hardware printer companies on the world, has decided to enter the ever expanding world of 3D printing. Once one big name gets involved in a new industry, others follow; meaning innovation and development in this exciting new area of 3D printing will continue to grow.
Posted by Wayne Hogan