RAPID 2016 - HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others

Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld:  Hewlett-Packard today began taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion printer, which it said will be up to 10 times faster than existing machines and can cut the cost of manufacturing parts in half. At the RAPID 3D additive manufacturing conference here, HP revealed two models:  the lower-cost and lower production 3200 series and the 4200 series, for which it is now taking orders. The 4200 series will begin shipping to manufacturers in October; the 3200 series will be available in mid-2017. HP originally unveiled its Jet Fusion printer in October 2014. HP claims its printer will enable mass production of parts through additive manufacturing (3D printing), instead of just rapid prototyping, for which the technology  is typically used. The printers are unlikely to be used to produce millions or billions of production parts; think, instead, in terms of hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of parts, HP said.   Cont'd...

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New methodology moves beyond 2D infill, empowering designers and engineers to create consistent, predictable, printed objects that leverage material and structural characteristics, while substantially reducing the time to final manufactured product

RAPID - Optomec Showcases Production Systems for 3D Printed Metals and 3D Printed Electronics at the RAPID Conference

Affordable Hybrid CNC machines for metalworking and mass production systems for printed electronics will be demonstrated

RAPID - The 3D Manufacturing Experience: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Be at RAPID 2016

Explore exciting technologies and innovations through RAPID's rich and varied presentations, exhibitors and special events.

RAPID - Additive Manufacturing Experts Headline 2016 RAPID Keynotes

Featuring speakers from NASA, HP Inc. and University of Michigan

Special Tradeshow Coverage for RAPID 2016

RAPID 2016 will be held from May 17th - 19th in Orlanda, FL. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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