ORLANDO--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. HPs 4200 series Jet Fusion printer (left) and post processing station.
Whether you're new to 3D printing or an old hand, ZDNet's 3D Printing Discovery Series will help you understand and get the most out of this amazing, accessible technology. Desktop personal fabrication has exploded over the past few years. This opens doors to the idea of custom-printed parts in our homes, reduced inventory and distribution centers, and fascinating new projects coming from everywhere, including school kids and startup entrepreneurs. In the accompanying video, we talk to John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America, manufacturer of some of the most respected desktop 3D printers on the market. Join us as we dive deep into the future of 3D printing and the state of desktop 3D printing today.
So, you have finally given in and are interested in joining the ever-expanding world of 3D printing professionals and hobbyists. However, the world of 3D printing can be overwhelming and unnecessarily expensive if you are jumping into this world blindly. There are a million questions flying around like: "What is an FDM printer? Or should I get an SLA printer? Do I need a semi-professional printer for my small business? What is a good 3D printer to use in the classroom? What exactly is a filament? How do I maximize my print quality?"
Alyssa Milano, yesterday in CNN, described 3D-printed guns as "downloadable death." In Pennsylvania, rushed hearings blocked a Texas-based company from offering downloadable gun plans in that state. Expect more and more reports on 3D-printable guns in coming days, as 3D-printable object files for guns become available online. Gun control is a deeply charged topic in the US. According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, there were 33,609 gun incidents in America from January to July 2018.
Beleaguered 3D printing firm MakerBot is attempting to put to rest the string of upsets and bad news that has plagued them for the past few years. From a rocky transition as paragon of the open source movement to a closed source vendor, from a proud-to-produce-in-America production line to offshore manufacturing, the company has lived through a major acquisition, management shake-ups (it went through four CEOs in four years), a class action lawsuit (now dismissed), and mixed reviews of its fifth-generation Replicator 3D printers. Today, though, the company hopes all that is in the past. Also: Here's how 3D printing makes the robots that make everything else MakerBot announced its Method 3D printer, in a category it calls "performance 3D printing," which it says "bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing by bringing features that were previously only available on industrial 3D printers to professionals at a significantly lower cost." This is a story of both a company and a market in transition.