HP has announced that the HP Designjet 3D Printer is now available in Austria, Switzerland and Ireland.
The use of 3D models and prototypes produced in-house gives developers increased control over the design process while reducing costs and time-to-market. The HP Designjet 3D Printer produces models in ivory plastic, while the colour version of printer can print models in nine different colours.
Produced using recyclable ABS plastic, the models created on the HP Designjet 3D Printers are faithful to 3D designs to ensure fit, form and function. Durable, precise and functional models can eliminate costly design faults and tooling mistakes.
Each pass of the print head puts down a layer 0.254mm thick, ensuring optimal results with the highest level of dimensional accuracy, near-moulded plastic strength, and an effective time-to-model/cost ratio. Printer operation is intuitive and it can be left unattended, for example, over the weekend, to maximise development time schedules.
Completed parts can be handled immediately after printing without the need for gloves and require no post-curing. Models are placed in the HP Designjet support removal system, the second component of the 3D printer solution, for excess model material removal. Neither the printer nor the removal system requires any special infrastructure thus avoiding unplanned incremental investments.
Quality models and prototypes can be produced in the convenience of the office environment as HP Designjet 3D Printers, about the size of a laser printer, can fit perfectly right next to a desk and include a built-in network card for easy workgroup sharing.
There is no need for special ventilation and only normal plumbing is required for the support removal system. Waste water from the system requires no treatment before being disposed of into the office drainage system. Waste materials (models, bases and spools) are recyclable and are collected as part of HP's "Take-back" program.
HP Designjet 3D printing solutions offer a low total cost of ownership (TCO) through a number of features. First, it is fully automated, so no manual labour costs are needed. Secondly, the materials themselves are among the most economical in the market. Lastly, the system automatically adds "smart supports" reducing the amount of support material needed, thereby reducing printing and material removal time and cost.