10/13/2017

HP Announces Plans for Metal 3D Printer

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In its annual investor meeting, the company indicated plans to expand its 3D printing line for both polymer and metal.

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In its annual investor meeting, HP Inc. announced plans to grow its 3D printing business on two fronts within the next year. Dion Weisler, president and CEO of HP Inc., and Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business, shared the company’s intention to advance its existing polymer 3D printing offerings as well as to expand into metals.

Nigro states that HP will deliver a new 3D printer for plastics in 2018 at a lower price point than its current Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) printers. The printer will be able to produce “mechanically robust, full color parts,” he says. This capability will enable users to prototype parts with the same technology to be used for full-scale production.

In addition, HP also announced its intent to “go beyond” plastics into metal 3D printing. The company plans to launch a metal 3D printing solution in 2018 designed to meet mainstream, high-volume production needs.

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