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3D Printing Trade Association 3D Printing Predictions For 2017

June 5, 2017

According to Gordon Styles, founder and president of Star Prototype.

My biggest single prediction for 3D printing in 2017 is regarding the launch of the Hewlett Packard Jet Fusion 3D 4200. Since the late ’80s and ’90s, when SLS, LOM, FDM and many other technologies came out, there have been no real ‘step-changes’ in 3D printing technology. Well, in 2017 we will see the next step change in plastics 3D printing.

The HP Jet Fusion technology threatens to be five to ten times faster than anything else on the market, offers a very strong nylon, and every voxel will be individually colored. This will be the first time that product designers can genuinely consider a plastic-related 3D printing technology as a truly viable ‘low-volume manufacturing’ technology. HP even claims that many of the structural plastic parts in its own machines have been built using earlier versions of the HP Jet Fusion technology. The world has waited nearly two decades for a genuine step change in plastic 3D printing and now there will be one.

Read the full article in new equipment digest

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