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New HP 3D printer is for factories, not prototypes

This Kupol 3D-printed helmet uses an interior protective layer made of absorbent thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that can be made with HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 printer. You can’t print a new lung or Stradivarius violin yet, but a new HP 3D printer announced Thursday takes a big step toward making the technology more useful. The Jet Fusion 5200 is designed for high-volume manufacturing. That’s a market with more potential for profound change than the more common 3D printers used to build prototypes or, like HP’s earlier Jet Fusion 4200, for small-scale production. HP, a giant in more conventional printing on paper and increasingly other materials , too, didn’t disclose prices. 3D printing, which creates objects by laying down tiny “voxels” of material layer by layer, is transforming manufacturing. It’s good for turning a 3D model crafted inside a computer into physical object, even those with complicated shapes or weight-saving internal […]

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