5/19/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

HP Unveils 3D Printing Platform that Prints at the Voxel Level

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Announced at Rapid 2016, the 3D printing technology is said to provide greater control and improved part quality.

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Earlier this week, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution at Rapid 2016. This new 3D printing platform is said to print at the level of voxels (the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel). With the ability to address more than 340 million voxels per second, the system is said to improve speed and part quality while enabling greater control over part properties. According to HP, this level of control translates to limitless combinations of colors, materials and other characteristics, and could lead to future benefits such as the ability to print parts with embedded sensors or tracking information.

Two Jet Fusion 3D printers have been introduced. The HP Jet Fusion 3200 is designed for prototyping and will be delivered in 2017. The HP Jet Fusion 4300 printer, suitable for short-run manufacturing as well as prototyping, will begin delivery later this year.

The Jet Fusion printers build on HP’s previously announced commitment to open-platform technology, as certified partners will be able to collaborate on materials and application developments. HP is currently working on a 3D material app store and plans to expand this open platform ecosystem over time.

The company is also collaborating with partners on the software side to improve workflow from design to print. Materialise has developed Build Processor, a software program certified by HP that integrates the HP Jet Fusion printers with its Magics 3D Print suite. Siemens, another software partner, is developing a new additive manufacturing offering that will include PLM software, integrated automation and manufacturing operations management to help integrate 3D printing into production processes.

The printers are currently being tested through an Early Customer Engagement program. Several companies, including manufacturer Proto Labs, are serving as product testing sites to collect user feedback and help improve the technology.

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