HP unveils Designjet 3D printer; make desk-side prototypes

HP unveils Designjet 3D printer; make desk-side prototypes

Summary: Hewlett-Packard announced that it is now shipping its first-ever three-dimensional printer.


Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced that it is now shipping its first-ever 3D printer.

The printers, which allow users or businesses to manufacture solid plastic prototype models using 3D computer aided design drawings from a desktop computer, were developed in a partnership with additive fabrication system maker Stratasys.

The printers use fused deposition modeling technology, which creates three-dimensional plastic models directly from a CAD file.

Who would want such a printer? Product designers, engineers and architects.

Want to know more about how it works? Check out the full story on SmartPlanet's Smart Takes blog.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Printers, Software

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  • Now THAT'S a toy

    worth playing around with.

    Just wish I had the money to get one.
    John Zern
  • RepRap

    I've been considering building a RepRap (reprap.org) for a while, primarily because of its low cost.

    I'm not sure how I feel about "the big players" introducing 3D printers into the SMB market. Part of me is optimistic, believing that it enables some "dreamers" to become "doers". Perhaps someone will make the next LEGO or action figure line? Or perhaps we'll see a glut of low-end cheapie toys (Happy Meal rejects).

    I'm reminded of the promises made by the early Internet: that everyone will be a producer. While some were able to rise to the top, there were many (and still are many!) websites/blogs/what-have-you that were not worth not worth the time. And now 3D printers are promising the same, putting some previously-exclusive tools into the consumer market.

    May creativity win!