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HP is entering the 3D printing market

Hewlett-Packard (HP) wants to get into the 3D printing game, and is preparing an announcement for June. 

According to Reuters, HP has a "big technology announcement" scheduled for June 2014, where it will discuss plans to enter the commercial 3D printing market.

HP has been a player in the traditional printer market for quite some time, and was expected to eventually make a move into 3D printers. But along the way, HP had to solve some issues associated with the technology, such as the quality of substrates used in the process (this affects the durability of the end product).

There's also a lot of questioning as to whether 3D printing will score big in the consumer market just yet. 

"We actually think we've solved these problems," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. "The bigger market is going to be in the enterprise space. We're on the case."

With 3D printing, various materials can be used to create a three-dimensional object for rapid prototyping and other needs. The market is currently dominated by the likes of MakerBot, and while the cost of 3D printers is coming down, it still hasn't made a huge splash in the consumer market.

But HP has said that 3D printing "has a magical aura" where people will want the ability to make their own objects. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By Flunk on 3/20/2014 1:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
Name a company that makes decent printers. I don't think there is one.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By iamkyle on 3/20/14, Rating: 0
RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By KOOLTIME on 3/20/14, Rating: 0
RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By invidious on 3/20/2014 2:25:00 PM , Rating: 1
Qualitative, grossly exagerated, and in complete disregard of printer model, age, and maintenance procedures.


By MrBlastman on 3/20/2014 5:36:36 PM , Rating: 2

We have Xerox in our office. I've often imagined going
"Office Space" on them.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By venym76 on 3/20/2014 1:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you are talking 2D printers, I love my Brother color laser printer. When it comes to 2D printing I have 1 rule, stay away from ink jet printers.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By Chadder007 on 3/20/2014 2:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
Another vote for Brother printers....they have been about the best brand I have used.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By wordsworm on 3/20/2014 2:35:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have a great Brother inkjet all-in-one: XXL LC-79. I bought it because it can do about 600 pages of text on a cartridge. That's pretty close to what a common laser printer can do, but with far greater resolution and a fairly large scan area.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By Motoman on 3/20/2014 2:55:21 PM , Rating: 1
Except when you need to print a photo on photo paper.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By SPOOFE on 3/21/2014 11:25:54 AM , Rating: 2
In which case you just order them online and getting that'll actually last.

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By Motoman on 3/21/2014 3:34:10 PM , Rating: 2

Why bother having a printer at all when you can just email your file to Kinko's?

RE: Short line for HP 3D printers
By Flunk on 3/20/2014 1:38:47 PM , Rating: 4
Those are some good guesses guys but you're neglecting drivers (which are almost uniformly terrible) and differing margin requirements between models/brands. Try writing a piece of software that fills paper forms on multiple printer models that doesn't requirement time consuming and annoying calibration. Printers as a whole are currently much worse than they could be. The idea that printers need drivers at all is a serious issue all to itself.

By therealnickdanger on 3/20/2014 3:12:54 PM , Rating: 2
Pick any B&W laser printer. Classic Canon BJC line. There are no other good printers.

By piroroadkill on 3/21/2014 6:09:03 AM , Rating: 2
HP used to make fantastically reliable printers. Up to around the time of the HP LaserJet 4200, and no further.

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