The world needs a new industrial revolution. In October 2014, Hewlett Packard unveiled Multi Jet Fusion — a new and disruptive voxel level 3D Printing Technology. They also shared their vision for additive manufacturing and the next industrial revolution.
3D printing has the potential to usher in a new era by disrupting virtually every aspect of manufacturing, from initial design to shop-floor setup and from manufacturing and assembly to supply chain, logistics, and distribution. By 2022, 3D printing will shift from prototyping and short-run manufacturing to a full-scale, production-ready technology. Companies that adopt 3D prototyping today will lead in production tomorrow.
World’s First Production Ready 3D Printing System
HP took a major step in their journey to disrupt the $12 trillion manufacturing industry by unveiling the world’s first production-ready 3D printing system for manufacturing: the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. The new HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printers are engineering breakthroughs that only HP could have created. They are the result of decades of HP investments in inkjet printing, precision fluid mechanics, and materials sciences. And now their 30 years of leadership in 2D printing is about to enter a new dimension.
HP’s new 3D printing solution is 10 times faster than any other 3D technology, with a unique ability to address more than 340 million voxels - the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in conventional printing - per second versus one point at a time. And they deliver superior physical parts at half the cost of competing systems. They’re lowering the barriers to the adoption by giving their prototyping and manufacturing customers radically faster build speeds, high-quality functional parts, and breakthrough economics.
This is a printer that prints itself! Up to half the custom plastic parts in their HP Jet Fusion 3D printers are produced on an HP Jet Fusion 3D printer, versus more costly, more time-consuming, and less efficient conventional manufacturing.
It Takes a Village
One company can’t contain innovation to transform the manufacturing industry alone. HP has been working with leading manufacturers, co-development partners and strategic partners, including Nike, BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Jabil, Siemens, Materialise, Shapeways, Autodesk, and Protolabs.
Long term success also requires an open platform. HP and certified partners are working together to enable materials innovation and new applications for our HP Multi Jet Fusion Solution, leading to reduced 3D printing costs and faster industry adoption of 3D printing. We’re creating the 3D material app store and collaborating with such certified partners as Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehmann & Voss, with plans to expand the open platform ecosystem over time.
HP’s 3D printing platform won’t just disrupt the manufacturing industry, however. It’s also going to reinvent how we make things, how we do business, and even where and how we live. HP’s Chief Technology Officer, Shane Wall, wrote recently about HP’s long-term vision of how 3D printers will reshape supply chains, help the environment, and shift manufacturing closer to the places where parts and products are consumed.
A Bright Future
HP is just getting started! In the coming weeks and months they’ll be sharing more details with you about their technology, and about some of the exciting applications being developed by their partners.
Just as HP’s traditional printing solutions evolved over time, they have a roadmap for 3D technology beyond these first implementations. Future applications will add color printing and more materials, as well as voxel-level control for texture, transparency, flexibility, electrical conductivity, and more. They plan to introduce capabilities for printing embedded electronics and embedded data, creating possibilities beyond what is currently possible … and beyond even what is imaginable.
By Stephen Nigro
Also published on Medium.