At the RAPID 3D additive manufacturing conference, Hewlett Packard has entered the 3D printing space with its first machine, the HP Jet Fusion printer. Available in two variants ie the 3200 and 4200 series, The company says that it is up to 10 times faster than existing machines and can even cut costs in half.
First announced in 2014, the Jet Fusion printers pack some very nifty features, one of them being the ability to print electronics in the parts that they’ve printed out. This is done by using conductive materials as a printing material right at the voxel level.
What’s a voxel? A voxel represents a single element of the a larger printed object. Imagine it like a pixel in a 2 Dimensional display. A voxel measures 50 microns in size.
The printer first deposits powder about 100 microns thick onto a print bed. The print bar has 30,000 nozzles that spray about 350 million fusing agent droplets per second as the bar moves back and forth across the print platform. The Jet Fusion printer currently only prints with nylon but will include other materials over the course of time.
Moving on, the Jet Fusion printer has a print bed measuring 16 inches x 12 inches x 16 inches with 2.4 teravoxels in that making the print density extremely high. The company aims to target these printers at healthcare products amongst other industries since the implants created can be extremely strong and also have build in RFID circuits for analysis.
The Jet Fusion printer line of products starts at about $130,000 for the 3200 series and $200,000 for the higher end 4200 series.
[Via – PC World]