Why Todays 3D Printing Announcements from UPS SAP HP and Fast Radius Mark a Historic Turning Point for Global Manufacturing

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For years, pundits have been predicting that advanced technologies like 3D printing will lead to a great disruption in global manufacturing and supply chains. This amazing 24 hour period may well be the moment that history will mark as the turning point toward this brilliant new future.

Here is what happened, and why it is so significant.

UPS and Fast Radius Launch the Uber of Manufacturing

UPS announcedthat it had created a fully distributed manufacturing platform, connecting 60 of The UPS Stores, each with mid-level 3D printers, onto an advanced production platform built and run by parts manufacturer,Fast Radius. This is no trivial achievement. In effect, this is the very first instance of the Uberization of manufacturing, seamlessly connecting demand with distributed production capacity. Look for production partners around the world on this platform to expand rapidly, mirroring UPS extensive hub and spoke distribution network. The implications for global manufacturing are potentially as disruptive as when Amazon launched its Cloud Hosting business.

SAP and UPS Announce an End-To-End Digital Manufacturing Solution

SAP announced during the keynote at its annual users conference in front of 20,000 people, a new partnership with UPS to create an end-to-end digital manufacturing solution utilizing Fast Radius for back end global production. In this model, SAP would identify parts that its customers hold in inventory that are recommended for on demand production using industrial 3D printing or other on demand production technologies. UPS and Fast Radius will then partner to manufacture and distribute these parts. In effect, SAP just alerted tens of thousands of companies to the opportunity of taking millions of parts out of inventory. On demand production just became a trending topic in CEOs offices and boardrooms around the world.

HP Unlocks the Potential for 3D Printing Manufacturing

At the worlds largest industrial 3D printing conference, HP unveiled its first production ready industrial 3D Printing System, with capabilities that may revolutionize design, manufacturing and supply chain. These new printers are 10 times faster than comparable commercial printers at half the cost. But thats not all. HP believes that in the not so distant future, this new printer technology will be able to create parts with embedded intelligence, a key to the Internet of Things. Imagine a world in which all industrial parts are printed with internal sensors, continually signaling when they are likely to break.

Alone, each of these announcements is significant. But taken together, they represent a sea-change in the future for manufacturing and supply chain. The uberization of production capacity brings manufacturing into the sharing economy. A full digital manufacturing, production and logistics solution creates an alternative to mass production and warehousing that can no longer be ignored. A printer that produces parts that can communicate awakens the Internet of Things.

For anyone who has been waiting anxiously for the future of global production to arrive, it appears that the doorbell just rang.

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nics giant HPs recent re-entry into the 3D printing market has had co

nsiderable success, with different FDM and SLS models of its Jet Fusion system being implemented in a variety of different industries. The company recently released information a

bout its fourth quarter earnings, along with a general overview of the strategy for its growing 3D printing business. The most significant part was the announcement of a new solution for 3D printing full-color mechanical parts, to be released sometime next year.

The results for Q4 were largely positive for the company, and in line with general market estimates. 3D printing technology isnt HPs main earner by any means, but its additive manufacturing offerings are starting to gain a firm hold in the crowded digital manufacturing marketplace. 20 partnerships with other companies, including research and development collaborations with Siemens and Deloitte, have been a key part of this expansion. HP also secured its first major internatio

nal distribution deal for its 3D printing systems, with Henkel now reselling the companys additive products to manufacturing businesses worldwide.

bout the companys 3D printing business in relation to its overall strategy, company CEO Dion Weisler said, Is 3D Printing financially material to our results today? Absolutely not. Is 3D Printing materially im

portant to the strategic direction of this company? Absolutely, yes. And I think whenever you have a $12 trillion market that you have the ability to transform, that becomes incredibly transformative for a company like HP, much in the same way that the laser printer and the inkjet printer did for Hewlett-Packard Company many years ago.

Looking ahead, a reduction in price seems to be on the cards across the companys entire range, with the JetFusion 3D 3200 now starting at $130,000 and the more advanced 4200 at $155,000. Havin

established a solid reputation with FDM and SLS technology, the company should also be expanding into me

tal 3D printing for the first time sometime in 2018. For dedicated followers of the 3D printing industry, the most exciting story to come out of HPs recent announcements will probably be its plan for a full-color 3D printing solution, to be released next year.

Teased over on the companys website, this system should allow users to produce functio

nal parts very quickly, in full color with voxel control. Voxels are how manufacturers refer to the smallest units of a 3D printed object, understood as values on a regular grid in a three-dimensio

nal space, much like a pixel on a display screen but with volume. Each voxel co

ntains volumetric information that can be altered in order to achieve the desired aesthetic and functio

nal properties in a finished object. Manipulation of a print job at this microscopic level of detail is becoming an increasingly viable option for optimizing the 3D printing process. HP envisages this voxel-co

ntrol technology as being a key driver of manufacturing innovation, at the grass-roots level. It will be tailored for small or medium-sized product development teams, as well as design firms, universities and other research institutions.

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HP to detail its commercial 3D-printing plans in June

Hewlett-Packard Co will outline plans to enter the commercial 3D-printing market in June, saying it has solved a number of technical problems that have hindered broader adoption of the high-tech manufacturing process.

Chief Executive Meg Whitman told shareholders on Tuesday the company will make a big technology announcement that month around how it will approach a market that has excited the imagination of investors and consumers.

Critics have accused the sci-fi-like technology of being over-hyped and still too immature for widespread consumer adoption.

Industry observers have long expectedHP, the largest of several printer-making companies fromCanontoXerox, to eventually get into the business. Whitman said HPs inhouse researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products.

We actually think weve solved these problems, Whitman told an annual shareholders meeting. The bigger market is going to be in the enterprise space, manufacturing parts and prototypes in ways that were not possible before.

Were on the case, she said without elaborating.

HP executives have estimated that worldwide sales of3Dprinters and related software and services will grow to almost $11 billion by 2021 from a mere $2.2 billion in 2012.

The nascent 3D-printing market is now dominated by a number of smaller players like MakerBot, a unit of Stratasys that is concentrating on selling more affordable devices to consumers.

Contract manufacturers like Flextronics however already use the technology to help craft prototype parts or devices for corporate clients.

HP is currently exploring the many possibilities of 3D printing and the company will play an important role in its development, CTO and HP Labs director Martin Fink said in a February blogpost on HPs website.

The fact is that 3D printing is really still an immature technology, but it has a magical aura. The sci-fi movie idea that you can magically create things on command makes the idea of 3D printing really compelling for people.

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At its annual stockholder meeting last week, Hewlett-Packard CEO, Meg Whitman, delivered a delicious critique of 3D printing speeds. [Its] like watching ice melt, she said.

HP, said Whitman, has solved some of the problems with 3D printing, including its speed, and plans a big technologyannouncement in Juneabout it.

It turns out that this June announcement is vaporware. HP may indeed have solved some 3D printing problems, but the proof isnt coming in June. The fall is more likely.

In February, HP published some comments by Martin Fink, its CIO and director of HP Labs, who described 3-D printing technology as really still immature.

But Finks comments on the HP Web sitewere updatedon March 22, following the annual meeting, with a preamble that said this:

During our Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 19, HP answered a shareholder question about our 3-D printing program and inadvertently stated that we would be making a technology announcement in June, when in fact we are planning to make that announcement by the end of our fiscal year, wrote HP.

Regardless of how long it takes, HP has good reason to enter the market.

By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things will reach 26 billion installed units. The number is unreal and tells little, until you dissect how these devices change the supply chain.

The connected devices will deliver a lot of information about inventory, product needs, and even the freshness of perishable products. They will also change manufacturing, especially when coupled with 3D printers.

Gartner estimates the 3D printer shipments will be increasing in the 90% range annually for both enterprise and consumer use through 2017.

Michael Burkett, a supply chain analyst at Gartner, describes a potential scenario.

A computer maker may ship products to markets, Asia and Europe that have some differences. But the component is something that can be added at the warehouse just before a customer orders it. A 3D printer is put into use to produce the part as needed, he said. I essentially have zero inventory until I print the part, said Burkett.

If 3D printing can deliver as promised, Burkett predicts that it will disrupt the entire supply chain. But the broader application may be Internet of Things itself, which will change supply chain by delivering deeper market insight and even automate actions, such deciding when to refresh product inventories.

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HP walks back prior June 3D printer announcement

Last week all 3D printing stocks took a hit, after Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Meg Whitman told shareholders that the company will outline plans toenter the commercial 3D-printing market in June.

Whitman said HPs inhouse researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products. She said HP will make a big technology announcement in June how it will approach a market that has excited the imagination of investors and consumers.

It turns out her timing was a bit off. Hewlett-Packard Co. made an update to itscorporate blogover the weekend.

During our Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 19, HP answered a shareholder question about our 3-D printing program and inadvertently stated that we would be making a technology announcement in June, when in fact we are planning to make that announcement by the end of our fiscal year, wrote Hewlett-Packard Chief Technology Officer and head of HP Labs Martin Fink.

Investors believe that HP is late to the 3-D printing market, Fink explains:

Critics might say so, but that could be because theyre making the mistake of equating the opportunity in 3D printing to other consumer technology or printing breakthroughs. We want to make good quality, high accuracy parts. Today, you can get a really good inkjet printer capable of producing beautiful prints for very little money, in just a few seconds. The average consumer would be disappointed in the results from a similarly-priced 3D printer. The quality just isnt there and it takes hours and hours to produce even simple parts.

HP told shareholders that the company is solving a number of technical problems that have hindered broader adoption of the 3D printing process, including the slow speed at which things print, and the quality.

But we all have to wait until the autumn for more official news from HP.

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They already were in it and got out… WTH?

john pickens wrote at 3/26/2014 6:06:20 AM:

Maybe they should make a big splash in the growing handheld tablet market! Oops…

jkocurek wrote at 3/25/2014 6:45:03 PM:

This is yet another example of Meg Whitmans inability to make a plan. Will HP enter the 3d printer market? Oh, probably. But the odds are that the market will have left them far behind at that point.

ThatGuy wrote at 3/25/2014 6:14:07 PM:

I dont know about open arms…. I think they will add some important scale and technology to 3D printing. I think that the R&D geeks were all proud of what they had done, an then real people saw what they were making and were less than thrilled with the results. How many of us are really proud of a print and then we show it to some one and they dont see the beauty of it? Either that or the final plans and product will be decided in June for a roll out later in the fall. It would take that long to get everything in place and people trained for a global roll out of something that new.

Pottertown wrote at 3/25/2014 5:36:45 PM:

Why wouldnt you want HP in the market? Competition is GOOD. Look at the incredibly high quality, reliability, and repeatability you get from home printers (laser and inkjet). The low price and technical ability is in no small part due to HP (and yes, others like them). If you want 3D printing to become better, and more affordable, welcome HP with open arms.

AMnerd wrote at 3/25/2014 3:58:39 PM:

Looks like the CEO has no idea whats going on in their R&D

I cant say I want HP in the market, but theyve managed to exclude themselves pretty handily.

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During the HP Securities Analyst Meeting in Palo Alto, CA, yesterday, company representatives said it would announce 3D printers that use a new approach to producing metal parts in 2018.

HPs Dion Weisler introduces the companys Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer technology in 2014.

The company, which in 2013first announced its intent to enter the plastic 3D printing market, made good on that promise with the release of itsMultiJet Fusion 3D printerin 2016. Along the way, HPappointed Steve Nigroto head the 3D printing business and partnered with several industry heavyweights, includingAutodeskJohnson & Johnson, and, most recently,Siemens.

Details were scarce on the metal 3D printing front. The company did not say what the novel technology it plans to use entailed, nor would it provide a price range for the metal 3D printing solution. Nigro did say the launch would transform metal 3D printing by making it more mainstream and high-volume. The company said it was making the announcement yesterday so it could begin talking with potential customers about 3D printing metal objects.

The company also made a few announcements that seemed closer to bearing fruit, such as a less expensive version of its existing 3D printers and a full-color 3D printer tailored for small- and medium-sized product development teams, design firms and universities that is coming to market in 2018.

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HP Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) said today its introducing an industrial-sized 3D printer and expanding its offering of materials for additive manufacturing.

The company is bringing out the new Jet Fusion 3D 4210, a machine HP says can cut the cost of parts by as much as 65%.

The 4210 can process large volume of materials, north of 1000 liters, Ramon Pastor, general manager of Multi Jet Fusion, said in a Wednesday briefing held ahead of todays announcement. The machine enables continuous operation, he said.

We really believe the system is paving the way for industrial-scale 3D printing manufacturing, Pastor said.

Also, the company said it has developed three new 3D printing materials intended to reduce the cost of additive manufacturing. They were developed at the companys 3D Open Materials and Applications Labs:

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The company will drive a significant improvement in economics, said Fabio Annunziata, business director of 3D Materials for HPs 3D printing unit. HP is seeking to make 3D printing competitive with traditional processes such as plastic injection molding.

HPlast yearintroduced the Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and 4200 printersat SMEs RAPID show. The company has been expanding its 3D printing lineup, moving into metal printing.

Larger industrial companies such as HP and General Electric Co. (Boston) have increased their presence in additive manufacturing, where parts are printed layer by layer from a digital designs. Both have said 3D printing stands to grow rapidly as industry moves from mass production to more production by demand.

In this journey, we have already disrupted the 3D printing market, Pastor said. We are looking to change the whole manufacturing journey.

HP also said it has added Dressler Group and Lubrizol to its roster of partners helping to develop new 3D printing materials.

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In thetwo yearssince HP announced it was entering the 3D printing space speculation arose regarding what exactly the PC giant would launch? Home 3D printers for the masses? All-in-one manufacturing machines? Amazing teleportation devices? Nope. They launched a big printer for industrial users that prints in full color in a way that is unique in the industry. The bottom line?HP made an inkjet printerfor solid objects.

The company had to start somewhere. This new printer has some impressive specs, even at $130,000. It currently prints black nylon at 340 million 3D pixels or voxels per second by laying down a layer of nylon powder, coloring it using HPs inkjet-like technology, and then fusing it with energy. This means you can print things 25% faster than standard printers and in a wider array of colors than is currently available. AsPeter Weijmarshausen of Shapewaysnotes, We know that better quality, lead times of 1 or 2 days and lower prices are exactly what the market needs.

This is just the beginning. I suspect HP is trying to build the office copy machine for small manufacturing businesses. By allowing you to create parts quickly for pennies a print they are adding true mini-manufacturing capabilities to small businesses and improving lead times for designers in larger shops. Theywrite (the sentence fragments below are sic):

HPs vision for 3D printing is the revolution of part manufacturing (how parts are made) and the part distribution supply chain (where and when parts are made). In the near term, accelerating the creative process by making far more useful parts available to a much broader audience. And in the longer term, disrupting supply chains with 3D printing technology. In order for that disruption to occur, there must be significant changes in the economics of 3D printing and in the standards for maintaining quality.

In other words they want these parts to go into finished products and not just act as easy-to-print prototypes.

This isnt exactly what the world was expecting. I think the original expectations from HP for a far more egalitarian system that would provide a 3D printer on every school desk. However, given the current 3D-printing climate, something like this priced at well below competing printers is a good choice as a pioneering solution. The inkjet feature essentially a system for painting nylon before its fused is clever and the products it produces are sufficiently unique that I could see this as part of a 3D printing labs customer offerings along with other solutions.

To be clear this isnt full color yet. The prints are still limited to swathes of color and I suspect the coloring process slows things down slightly. However a speedy single color product is still better than the current industrial offerings. Now we just have to see if the 3D printer ink will end up costing more than the printers.

Ill admit that I originally thought I would scoff at HPs 3D printers. The company hasnt innovated in a meaningful, visible way for nearly two decades. While Im sure there was plenty of exciting stuff behind the scenes the fact that this (and theirnew venture arm) is the only sign of life coming out of a company that once defined disruption is pretty sad.

But all is not lost. The new HP Multi Jet Fusion technology is definitely interesting and it puts HP in the running. As it stands the only way to print a colored 3D object right now is either with anMCor paper printer it essentially paints the edges of a piece of sliced paper or via a lengthy combination of automatic and manual dying. This solution is far more efficient than I expected to see.

In the end HPs foray into 3D printing is first a way to escape the trap of falling commodity 2D printing profits and, second, a way to show the world it still exists. When the company split into enterprise and consumer companiesthings didnt look goodfor the consumer business. While HPE beat expectations, HPQ, the companys consumer arm, was volatile at best. Currently the story is that3D printers could revive HPs consumer business. Instead Id say 3D printing will push HP into an entirely new era, allowing them to abandon the commodity PC and printer hardware that has thus far been an albatross around their necks.

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HP grabbed headlines this weekwith two announcementsa 3D printersaid to be 10 times faster than most products currently on the market and acreative workstationequipped with a projector and 3D scanner that uses a tablet-like touchscreen rather than a mouse or keyboard.

The 3-D printer, called HP Multi Jet Fusion, is expected to be released in 2016 and isnt for home useaccording to Stephen Nigro, senior vice president of HPs, Inkjet & Graphics Solutions Businesses,the product is targeting industrial applicationsoutput will be measured in tons of material used.

The all-in-one workstation, called HP Sprout, goes on sale next month for $1,899. [It is] an impressive combination of technologies, and the integration of touch, projection, and scanning (both 2D and 3D) is a notable achievement for HP, observes PCMagsBrian Westover in this review. But the real question is where this technology will be used, and whether or not it will get the sort of adoption and support needed to realize HPs vision of a new, holistic computing category. The unique collection of parts and capabilities offered by the Sprout leave me questioning where this device fits in.

Built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology assets, HP Multi Jet Fusion incorporates a synchronous architecture using multiple chemical agents. HP will support third-party innovation with an open collaboration approach to materials and workflow solutions. (See a video explanation here.)

The technology resembles a binder inkjet process, but the inkjet head deposits a thermal fusion liquid, explainsGartners Pete Basiliere. A heating element transfers energy into the fusing agent, causing localized fusion of the thermoplastic. The printhead also deposits a second material layer, promoting fine detail and surface finish.

Here is some additional commentary on the Multi Jet Fusion and Sprout announcements from around the web:

Simon Martin, Solid Smack: [HP] chose a venue in anart-heavy section of Manhattanfor their new product announcements. Gone were the boring monochrome tones you would expect to see at a launch event for a computer and peripherals maker. The medium-sized venue featured over a dozen professional artists with wildly different styles splashing color across an army of Sprout machines. The staff on-hand wore rainbow-colored shirts and all of the tables were scattered with so many colorful butterflies that it almost felt like somebody threw confetti everywhere. Oh yeah, and the 3D prints were in full-color. You get the point.

Darren Orf, Gizmodo:The [Multi Jet Fusion] printer uses a high-resolution print bar, it can also jet 350 million drops per second at 21 micron precision. For comparison, MakerBots Replicator 2 comes in at only 100 micron resolutions with other personal printers reach upwards of 50 microns.

Ben Fox Rubin, CNET:HP claims the [3D] technology achieves [its speed] in part by building an entire surface area, instead of one point at a time, substantially speeding up 3D imaging. Additionally, beyond the current use of thermoplastics, HP plans to develop new 3D printing materials, using color, ceramic and metal. The company eventually wants to offer the same set of colors it already does for traditional printing.

Quentin Hardy, New York Times:HPs efforts to make 3-D printing an everyday thing are fascinatingIt is entering a very small market, in what advocates say are its earliest days. Gartner recentlysaidthat worldwide sales of 3-D printers will be about 217,000 units in 2015. By contrast, in the United States alone, shipments of regular printers are typically about 24 million units a year.

Pete Basiliere, Gartner: Rivals have plenty of time to innovate, making HPs strategy risky. It must ensure the printers material range and capabilities, productivity and pricing are not just significantly better than todays technology but better than the technologies and 3D printer offerings that will be in the market in late 2016.

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