HP recently announced their new, sub- $100k, 500 Series of 3D printers utilizing their innovative MJF (Multi Jet Fusion) 3D print technology. This is the same technology being used in HP’s revolutionary 4200 production-level 3D printers that were released in 2017.
When HP introduced their Jet Fusion color 3D printers, some may have had initial thoughts of “ho-hum, Z Corp already did this years ago.” Right?
The recent introductions from both HP and Carbon have not only affected how we can produce functional parts in new print processes but they are also approaching the investment in two very distinct ways. Carbon only leases their solutions for a specified period of time with no true ownership – similar to the way software licenses have gone to subscription models. HP has chosen to create an open powder platform that they believe will drive down consumable prices to lower the cost per print
Why are machine shops and tooling departments leading the way as early adopters of 3D Printing for prototyping and end use parts? Spoiler alert – they’re drastically reducing costs and boosting their competitive advantage.