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10/29/2014 02:25 PM EDT
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DrQuine
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Unusual 3D Printing Late Entry by HP
DrQuine   11/22/2014 8:50:34 PM
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While HP is an established leader in 2D printing, they've been absent from the 3D printing world.  It seems surprising that they would announce a planned project release 2 years in the future.  Why not simply buy a 3D industry leader and get on with it? Vaporware may slightly reduce competitive sales - but seems a very weak entry into the 3D marketplace.

rick merritt
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Re: Industrial Capability
rick merritt   10/31/2014 12:16:04 PM
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@Wilbur: I'd love to see more analysis about the state oif this high-end industrial 3D printing market HP is targeting. Clearly there are several established players and multiple technologies and HP is still 12-18 months from havign a product ready to ship.

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Re: Industrial Capability
wilber_xbox   10/30/2014 2:10:32 PM
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Rick, it looks like a HP 3D printer's marketing post, focusing too much on the pros and little cons. 

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Jessica Lipsky   10/30/2014 1:33:50 PM
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What kind of "stronger and more detailed objects" will create the distruption HP wants? 

 

 

RichQ
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Re: 3D Scanning
RichQ   10/30/2014 12:07:29 PM
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A number of 3D scanners are becoming available. There's Matterform, which is just starting to ship, the MakerBot digitizer, and a handheld scanner called Sense. Prices range from about $400 to $800.

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3D Scanning
TarraTarra!   10/30/2014 11:53:32 AM
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3D printers are very interesting but the current limitation seems to be the availability of the 3D CAD files needed to print objects. Anyone know of 3D scanners that can be used to digitize common objects. This will really enable the DIY hobbysts.

 

 

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Re: Industrial Capability
alex_m1   10/30/2014 8:45:25 AM
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@Rick: interesting story.

I wonder: when i read analysts forecast future 3d printer sales, implicit in their analysis are the cost trends of the industry. But since HP is talking about such a breakthrough(10x faster), how can this potentially affect the market size ? For what kinds of orders such a printer can be better than traditional manufacturing ? 

 

rick merritt
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Re: Industrial Capability
rick merritt   10/29/2014 6:54:28 PM
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I just got some good insights from a consultant who follows the area (see page 2).

It seems pretty clear HP is NOT targeting the hobbyist and rapid prototyping market we hear about so much but is actually rather small so far ~$80-90M/year. Instead they are going after the high end industrial market that is about ten times that size.

rick merritt
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Re: Industrial Capability
rick merritt   10/29/2014 5:09:33 PM
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I'm still trying to get hold of an analyst that compare HP's description of future products to the many actual ones out there today.

Suffice it to say, HP is late to the party.

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LarryM99   10/29/2014 4:59:12 PM
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I have mostly been passively following the hobbyist market for 3D printers, but I know that there are industrial devices that are used for serious prototyping and light production. Rick, is there any indication how these devices will measure up against them? I can certainly see these showing up at Kinko's and other service shops, as @docdivakar mentions, for initial prototyping by small companies, but the real change will happen if they can move onto the production floor.

Larry M.

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