Drupa is the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world, and is held every 4 years in Germany. This year’s show belonged to HP, with the company unveiling, amongst other things, their new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer, a huge new step in the world of 3D technologies.  

 

The new printer technology boasts several advantages compared to the most popular FDM technologies today, the main one being the dramatically increased print speed. HP claim that the new printer is up to 10x faster than current 3D Printers available, with 30 million drops per second across each inch of the working area. It has also been designed to maximise productivity, with the build unit included within the printer which is used to cool the print right after it has finished printing, allowing a continuous printing process.

 

The new printer also has a excellent degree of accuracy, going all the way down to voxel level. A Voxel, in 3D Printing, is almost the same as a pixel, but it has volume. Each of these Voxels contain volumetric information that essentially give your print its desired properties. These voxels are controlled individually on every layer to provide optimal mechanical properties for each print.

 

This is shown by the recent video released by HP showcasing a chain link, which was printed in just 30 minutes, being used to lift up a car. The link weighed just a 120g and was able to lift up to 4.5 tonnes. See the video below.

 

 

The HP Jet Fusion 3200 and 4200, will both feature 10x faster print speeds, along with lower cost per part, material re-usability and an open platform. However the 4200 will appeal more to those who would like a higher productivity level, with 5x faster cooling, an even lower cost per part and more advanced print controls, with the ability to add additional parts to in work progress print jobs.

 

HP’s open platform of materials is ever growing and already includes the likes of Evonik, BASF, Arkema and Lehmann&Voss&Co all developing materials compatible with the HP Printer. HP are also partnering with other companies such as Shapeways, Materialise, Siemens, Proto Labs and Jabil, with more to be included in their ecosystem.

 

3D Print enthusiasts are counting down the days until the release of this revolutionary 3D Printer, with HP only offering glimpses of what the printer can achieve. To learn more about this printer, you can watch the video below or visit the website here.