Opinions on HP’s 3D Printer

By on January 27th, 2010 in blog, Event, Hardware

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Following up on last week’s massive news that HP has linked up with Stratasys to produce an exclusive line of 3D printers, we scanned the 3D blogosphere and found a great many comments and opinions. Here’s the highlights:
  • Shapeways thinks this will raise the profile of 3D printing, but says everyone can easily print in 3D already – with their service, of course
  • Replicator thinks it’s not a big deal, because HP gets Stratasys’s lower-end technology, which might not be applicable to their target market: architects
  • Gizmodo seems excited, but recommends a MakerBot for now
  • TechWorld says “it may not be long until we’re printing our own household items as-needed”. Well, maybe
  • The Inquirer believes you won’t get much change from $20,000 if buying this printer, but “it will make some interesting copies of peoples’ bottoms at the office Christmas party”
  • Engadget questions the affordability of the mysterious product, and recommends a MakerBot in the meantime
  • Geek.com is “filled with glee” about the prospects of having their own 3D printer, and says “3D printing is clearly never going to be as useful to most consumers as standard page printing”. They compare the mystery HP offering to MakerBot
  • Ponoko fears HP will gouge customers on media cartridges, as they do today for 2D printing, but suggests “schools and businesses may be more comfortable buying a 3D printer from a ‘reputable, known brand’ rather than something like RepRap or MakerBot”
  • Wired thinks the HP offering will “probably cost less than $15,000” and compares this price to MakerBot’s USD$950
It seems that the winner, at least of this media blitz, is clearly MakerBot. 


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

1 comment

  1. HP is a powerful brand for assisting Stratasys in marketing their FDM technology. However, the new venture does not change the nature of the technology. There will still be build supports, long build times, and post processing. Interestingly enough, Zcorp 3d printers, such as the Z650, already incorporate standard off the shelf HP brand printheads. The printheads provide the Z650 1,520 jets resulting in an amazing 600 x 540 dpi resolution. Learn more at http://www.ems-usa.com

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