As hinted at in its Q4 announcement in November, printing giant HP has now entered the color 3D printing game, by announcing a new series of Jet Fusion 3D printers: Jet Fusion 300 / 500. Prices start in the $50,000s, which HP says is generous enough to get small or medium-size product developers using the new additive manufacturing tech.
HP’s new Jet Fusion 300 / 500 3D printers produce engineering-grade, functional parts in full color, black or white
So are these new 3D printers something to get excited about? Quite possibly, yes. HP is saying its new Jet Fusion printers are the first machines in the 3D printing industry that “enable manufacturers to produce engineering-grade, functional parts in full color” with voxel-level control and ultra-fast printing speeds. The printers could be a massive boost, HP says, for those in healthcare, automotive, consumer goods, or other industries.
Included with the new Jet Fusion color 3D printers is what HP’s calls “the world’s first integrated and automated materials delivery system,” which allows for simple, hands-off printing for increased efficiency, while the 300 / 500 series also supports the three leading color file formats: OBJ, VRML, and 3MF.
The first models in the 300 / 500 range are:
- HP Jet Fusion 340 (Black and White) / 380 (Color): smaller part sizes or fewer parts per build
- HP Jet Fusion 540 (Black and White) / 580 (Color): bigger build size for larger parts or heavier production demands
These new 3D printers are being launched with a new material, HP 3D High Reusability CB PA 12, which promises mechanical properties similar to the HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 material. More will follow through HP’s Open Platform for materials.
HP Multi Jet Fusion technology features voxel-level control and is changing the way the world designs and manufactures
(Image: Invent Medical and NACAR)
“HP is committed to democratizing 3D design and manufacturing, unleashing new possibilities for millions of innovators around the world,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing at HP. “No matter your industry, no matter your design complexity, no matter what colors fit your business needs—black, white, or the full color spectrum—the new HP Jet Fusion 300 / 500 series gives you the freedom to create brilliant new parts liberated from the constraints of traditional production methods.”
The HP Jet Fusion 300 / 500 3D printers are available for order now and will begin shipping in the second half of 2018.