HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer: Beautifully Useful Disruptive Technology

Rewind to the year 2013 when McKinsey Global published its paper on 12 transformative technologies that will impact “business, life and the global economy”. Viewed five years later, the report is affirmed with startling accuracy since advances in mobile Internet, AI, IoT, Cloud, Robotics, Autonomous Driving, Next Generation Genomics, Renewable Energy, and 3D Printing is indeed changing life as we knew it to something digital, connected, convenient and thoroughly functional.

When HP entered the printing industry, Canon and Epson were the top performers and HP printers were considered to be less innovative than the top performers. However, that changed since 2014 with HP’s focus on 3D printing. HP now leads the pack and in fact, according to Forbes contributor, Patrick Moorhead HP’s printing division “represents 35% of HP’s revenue and 70% of its profit”.  Whether in black and white or colored, the NEW HP Jet Fusion 500/300 Series 3D Printers makes prototyping and production fast and accurate. There is a model suitable for your needs, the complexity of operations and size of the enterprise. In its infancy, consumers could only imagine applications to be in interior decor, jewelry, fashion, and tech. Currently, 3D printing is used not just to economically produce prototypes and hasten the design cycle because it allows you to “create, test, and iterate in just hours”. HP 3D printers can now produce intricate thermoplastic parts with accuracy – even for sensitive medical gadgets.

3D printing could have meaningful impact on certain consumer product categories, including toys, accessories, jewelry, footwear, ceramics, and simple apparel.” They predicted that “global sales of products in these categories could grow to $4 trillion a year (at retail prices) by 2025.”— HP report

What HP did to transform the industry and gain market leadership was take 3D printers from prototyping to mainstream 3D printing scalable to your demands. This was barely two years ago but already, the demand for production-grade parts is expected to grow logarithmically, as predicted by Mckinsey. Already, it can produce polymer parts traditionally made of metal at only 20% of the cost and has been mainstreamed into the production industry. Clearly, printing has moved from crafty consumer goods to the production of a record 3 Million Multi Fusion parts last year that included:

  • medical gadgets
  • prosthetics
  • orthopedics
  • helmets
  • cameras
  • car parts and others.

The success of the]itechnology is a fusion of design, materials, and software. It has proven so successful that HP itself re-designed the manufacturing of its products around this technology with about 50% of parts created using the 3D printer. It has also impressed end-users who comprise 50% of its market with its precision and strength. Already, HP has moved from producing the printer to manufacturing the end-user products, all on account of impressive customer satisfaction and burgeoning demands.

According to the HP site, the top-of-the-line HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution can produce “engineering-grade parts at up to 65% lower cost and up to 10 times faster” for up to 1000 parts per week. The mid-range  HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printing Solution is good for up to 699 parts per week at half the cost and ten times the speed. The newest model,  HP Jet Fusion 500/300 Series 3D Printers is perfect for “product development teams, design teams, and universities”. The next question is whether it could be affordable for you and me; definitely crossing my fingers for that eventuality!



Epson to release world’s lightest GPS watch

Epson is a brand known for their reliable printers. The company has been in the business for quite some time and they have been successful for almost all the years.

Now, the company is expanding their repertoire. Epson has announced that they are entering the GPS race. And mind you, it isn’t your typical GPS device.

Size matter in the electronics worlds so looking for for the best home theater projector isn’t that far off. The smaller and the lighter they are the better. Though we don’t have to substitute size with features, but nowadays small devices can now have a hundred and one features that we’ve only imagined before.

Epson is set to release their GPS watch. It is touted as the world’s lightest GPS watch. This was designed for runners and offers them a more accurate readings and excellent battery life. it is a water resistant watch up to 50 meters.

You can view the full press release from Epson here.

Lexmark introduces three new printers

Lexmark c546dtn Color Laser Printer

Lexmark, a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing and imaging solutions, introduced today three new laser printers which is targeted at small to midsize workgroups. Laser technology is pretty good these days fast and silent, you can get also a laser cutter to engrave in other materials from Boss Laser.

The two color models – X546dtn color laser MFP and C546dtn – according to the company, can print up to 25 pages per minute for both color and black and white print jobs. They have a 1200dpi print resolution, automatic duplexing and quite operating noise levels.

The X546dtn MFP has fax, copy and scan capabilities with a 600-dpi resolution. It is sold at $999 while the C546dtn is available in the market for $699.

The E462DTN, new black-and-white model, has a printing capacity of 40 pages per minute and features a more compact design. Replacement toner cartridges can spew out up to 18,000 pages J. This unit is sells for $849.

All three new models has a 500-sheet paper capacity and connects via USB 2.0 or built-in 10/100 Ethernet.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/macworld/20091007/tc_macworld/lexmarkintroducesnewlaserprinters

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