HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

30. October 2014 09:21 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

f you haven't been following the news this past week, you probably haven't heard the big announcement by HP. In 2016, the company will be releasing a new super-fast 3D printer called the HP Multi Jet Fusion. What's unique about the printer design is that it can print by fusing ink onto material layers, meaning objects can be created up to 10 times faster than existing technology. They also hope to be able to print with more colors that don't fade by using better quality plastics and other non-plastic materials. We wanted to delve a little bit more into this exciting advancement.

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3D Printing's Usability Problem

3D printing really is everywhere these days. From medicine to major corporations, including HP, no business sector is opting out of the 3D printing discussion. However, relatively few people are engaging with 3D printing's biggest problem: usability. And we're not just talking price. 3D printing generally requires knowledge of design software in order to create models that the printer recognizes. For most consumers, this kind of knowledge is out of reach, which will limit the industry's ability to expand aggressively in 2014.

We wanted to explore some usability challenges and how a few companies are working to bring 3D printing to everyone, regardless of their tech backgrounds.

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The Environmental Impact of 3D Printers

We're very excited about 3D printers. Not only are they building everything from pizza to heart models, but they could also be the future of consumer printing around the world. That being said, we have also started to wonder some of the environmental impacts these printers have. The printers are notoriously slow to make products, taking several hours even for basic objects. How does this impact environmental sustainability? We wanted to use a recent study to give you the most up-to-date information.

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Pass the 3D Printed Pizza

Nope, you didn't read the title of this post wrong! 3D printing is finally getting into the food business, to much fanfare from the online and print media. While we've already told you about exciting developments coming to 3D printing in 2014, this food news was a surprise, even for us. Though 3D printed pizza is probably the tastiest idea of the bunch, chocolate and sugar sculptures are another major application of 3D printing. Here are some of the details on exactly what's being cooked up.

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What Kind of Year Will 3D Printing Have?

5. January 2014 18:49 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

 

In 2013, 3D printing was technology's darling. Seemingly every week yielded a new innovation and, for the first time in its history, companies like Amazon created dedicated 3D printing pages for consumers. But what exactly will 2014 bring for an industry that seems to be growing exponentially? Will prices finally lower so that 3D printers will become a household staple? What industries are new to cash in on 3D printing? Will the growth come to a halt? We wanted to provide the inside scoop. More...

What Can 3D Printing Really Do?

10. October 2013 16:43 by Calvin Yu in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

3D printing has been featured on virtually even major blog and news organization. Even consumer giant Amazon now offers a 3D printing landing page as they are attempting to bring 3D printers into consumer households. At 247inktoner, we've even featured how this technology impacts medical fields. But what other innovative things can 3D printing do? Why do these innovations matter? And what limitations, if any, are there to this technology? More...

3D Printing and Medical Applications

3D printing is the most talked about new development in printing technology at the moment, particularly with Amazon's recent opening of a dedicated 3D printing page on their website. While the discussion is focused on the consumer aspect of this technology, we wanted to focus on the more high tech applications, including how these technological developments show promise for the medical field. Though 3D printing is still relatively expensive, rapidly decreasing costs and the development of new types of materials used in printing prosthetics make this technology viable for many larger research-focused hospitals. With the future looking bright for medical applications of 3D printing, there is great hope that medical costs and recovery times can be reduced. More...

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