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Could Hewlett-Packard Be A Serious 3-D Printing Competitor?

By Tasha Keeney, ARK Analyst, Industrial Innovation

At Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Intel (INTC) exhibited the new Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Sprout desktop, the first component of HP’s 3D printing ecosystem. During the next two years, it will introduce a 3-D printer and a new printing technology called Multi Jet Fusion.1 target="_blank"> Should players like Stratasys (SSYS) and 3D Systems (DDD) be worried about HP’s new 3D printing suite? Perhaps, but we will await the details when the product launches in roughly a year’s time.

HP claims that Multi Jet Fusion’s process will be faster and more precise than any existing printer technology, a claim that depends on what is being printed. Any company can target specific applications in an attempt to demonstrate outperformance. That said, HP boasts that Multi Jet Fusion will be able to print 1,000 gears in only three hours, compared to 83 and 38 hours for material extrusion… Read More …