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

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.

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