Hewlett-Packard’s Jet Fusion color 3D-printers are combining voxel-level technology and open source materials to provide more vibrant, precise color and multi-material capability to additive manufacturers.
Color 3D-printing is still a relatively unexplored frontier for the companies that produce the hardware, with expense and technical challenges meaning that color-infused prints have been largely relegated to the industrial realm. For their part, HP has introduced the Jet Fusion 300 and 500 series, which function on a voxel level in order to apply color to specific, varied segments of a 3D-printed object.
While the voxel-level printing is what allows for the full-color of the Jet Fusion’s printed objects, partnerships with companies such as SolidWorks are just as exciting. In fortifying the Jet Fusion’s Open Platform, HP will work with these partners to allow printing of products made from different materials in one fell swoop. These partnerships also make possible the machine’s wide array of open source powders and liquids, which are combined in the printing process to create the highly-detailed designs.
So, the Jet Fusion will be able to print products in a variety of colors made from different materials, all at once. What more could you ask for?
Well, for many, a lower price point would be nice. The printers will begin at $50,000, with potential cost rising above the $100,000 threshold with add-ons and specified configuration.
Still, those who endorse the HP’s Jet Fusion models point to the vibrancy of its colors and versatility of material as game-changers for those who seek more realistic, identical printed replicas of their virtual designs. That includes HP’s president of 3D printing Stephen Nigro, who touts the importance of 3D-printed materials being as realistic as possible no matter what field they are applied in.
HP is committed to democratizing 3D design and manufacturing, unleashing new possibilities for millions of innovators around the world, said Nigro. 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.