Image from 3Dprint.com

Image from 3Dprint.com

HP had previously mentioned that they would be entering the 3D printing market with their own hardware. Today they announced what that hardware will be. Targeting the commercial 3D printing industry, they’re showing off their Multi Jet Fusion Printer.

HP, who is no stranger to printing, brings their own technology and ideas to the field. Their printer uses the typical binder+powder method, though their multi jet system supposedly used multiple types of binders to create the rough structure and the surface details.  They should be able to print in full color and are exploring options for multiple materials.

They are claiming to be much faster than the competition, in some cases even 10x faster. In the article released by 3Dprint.com HP states that they have a print that would have taken 83 hours on a typical extrusion based machine, 38 hours on a laser sintering machine, and only takes 3 hours on the HP multi Jet.

HP state that they are getting 20 micron precision as well. In comparison they state that typical laser sintering machine will be in the range of 200-400 microns in precision.

The printer should be available in 2016

 

Gizmodo also attended the event and got a few pictures of resulting prints.

image from Gizmodo. Print in place elephant model. Surface finish doesn't look that great, but we don't know what scale the model is.

image from Gizmodo. Print in place elephant model. Surface finish doesn’t look that great, but we don’t know what scale the model is.

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image from Gizmodo. This print is considerably more impressive.