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Just as shopping, communication, and entertainment were revolutionized by the web, 3D printing is expected to power a personal and local industrial revolution. 3D printing eliminates the distance between an idea and the final product, unleashing creativity from both imbeciles and geniuses alike. It won’t be long before we have to start depending on 3D printed drugs and foodstuff. Wohler’s associates predict that the 3D printing industry will be worth %1.5 billion by 2016. It was therefore no surprise when news trickled out in 2010 that HP, one of the biggest software and hardware companies over the last few decades, had entered into a partnership with Stratasys, one of the first additive fabrication system makers to venture into the 3D printer manufacturing business. HP and Stratasys co-developed the HP DesignJet color 3D printer CQ655A that allows businesses and users to manufacture plastic solid prototype models using CAD drawings from a PC.

Who will want such a printer?

Architects, product engineers, and designers who do computer aided design applications can recreate accurate scaled down replicas of their creations to check the fit, form and function of their design before releasing them or pushing them to the production line. 3D printing enthusiasts and upstarts willing to shell out over $10, 000 for a professional grade 3D printer that prints high quality solid objects would benefit a lot from this machine. The machine comes bundled with its own proprietary application for editing and conversion of STL files to the standard printing format. The software is compatible with multiple windows operating systems: Microsoft windows XP, Microsoft windows Vista, and Microsoft windows 7.

Why HP?

HP branded DesignJet 3D printers are now available in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the UK. The printers use what is known as FDM (fused deposition modeling) technology, which can create 3-Dimensional plastic models from numerous CAD file formats. This process – called “additive manufacturing” or “additive fabrication – involves extruding semi molten plastic in ultra thin layers to “grow” each part, layer by layer. In 3D printing, the final quality of the printed objects is determined by a number of factors, and layer thickness is one of them. The HP DesignJet can either prints objects in 0.33 mm (coarse setting) or 0.254 mm (fine setting) thick layers. The smaller the thickness of each layer, the stronger, smoother and more accurate the printed object will be.

HP 3D PrinterThe HP DesignJet 3D printer can print 3D models from STL files generated by applications like Solidworks, Catia, PRO E, Revit, and Autodesk Inventor among others. The printer uses the reliable ABS material (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) – a common plastic – which is durable and rigid enough for most household items. Although its original color is a translucent white or ivory, it also accepts a number of pigments and is available in the following colors: black, ivory, olive, red, green, blue, gray, fluorescent yellow and nectarine. The HP 3D printer comes with a single material bay, with the option to add a second for those long, unattended print jobs. The material’s spool size is 655 cm3.

To reduce the cost of printing each new model, HP and Stratasys developed the exclusive Automatic Real-Time Support structure generation system with SMART supports. This minimizes the build time, reduces amount of material used, and improves support removal for some parts. The printer also uses auto-orientation technology which determines the optimal orientation for each model that would yield the fasted print time and minimize material usage. You can also control the amount of support material used during individual options by choosing low density, sparse high density or solid from the model density options. You will need to have a water inlet and outlet for the HP DesignJet support structure removal system to work.

Weight and dimensions

Printer

Dimensions: 660 mm x 660 mm x 762 mm

Weight: 59 kg

Removal system

Dimensions: 430.3 x x431.3 x 483.3 mm

Weight: 22 kg

Bottom line

The HP 3D printer was developed and manufactured to the same high quality standards and specifications that HP’s range of products (2d printer, servers, PCs, etc.) are famous for. Despite the fact the Stratasys ended their partnership with HP when they announced their merger with Object before the launch of the Mojo 3D printer, you can still be sure to enjoy a good customer experience, the printers are compact, easy to set up, use and service. What’s more, the HP 3D printer price has fallen significantly since the 3D printer was launched in 2012 making it more affordable.

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