While we've written about additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, previously, today we learned that a long standing and trusted name is entering this growing marketplace. Just a few months ago when Hewlett-Packard split, a new corporate entity called HP Inc. took responsibility for the company's printing business. One of the first announcements from HP Inc. is their intention to introduce their own line of 3D printers, targeted at manufacturers, offering faster print speeds, better part quality and a lower price than the competition. HP also offered some insights on their proprietary printing process, called Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF). It is based on the same process as the company's thermal inkjet technology used for creating color prints. HP's director of 3D printing, Alex Monino, was quoted as saying "We believe we are on the cusp of the next industrial revolution, and that 3D printing will drive a seismic shift in manufacturing workflows and production."
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