HP is an American technology giant that has been in operation since 1939
HP announced originally that they were going to enter the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry in 2015, and would launch 3D printers in 2016. These 3D printing systems are based on their unique, patented technology, known as Multi Jet Fusion. Multi Jet Fusion uses powder in a similar vein to Selective Laser Sintering
, though it does not use lasers. This technology allows for the production of multiple parts simultaneously, quickly, at an accuracy of up to 80 microns. The technology is limited to PA12 / Polyamide materials however.
The first 3D printers launched by HP were the Jet Fusion 3200 and 4200. The HP Jet Fusion 4210 was launched later in November 2017, offering lower cost per part and higher speeds. In February 2018, HP announced that 4 more Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers were to be released in the second half of 2018. These included two printers capable of full-color printing, the Jet Fusion 380 and 580. These printers are also cheaper than their previous 3D printing solutions, starting at $50,000.