Nike HP 3D Printing A Custom Fit

It was only a few days ago that global printing giant Hewlett-Placard created waves in the world of 3D printing by revealing their first ever system of 3D printing- the Jet Fusion 3D printer. The device is said to be up to 10 times speedier than its competitors and is capable of lowering the cost … Continue reading “Nike HP 3D Printing A Custom Fit”

It was only a few days ago that global printing giant Hewlett-Placard created waves in the world of 3D printing by revealing their first ever system of 3D printing- the Jet Fusion 3D printer. The device is said to be up to 10 times speedier than its competitors and is capable of lowering the cost of production by up to 50%. This new 3D printing wonder itself could potentially change the world ofand 3D printing as we know it. However, just after this astonishing announcement, sports goods giant Nike has announced that they are going to use the Jet Fusion 3D printer to create their custom printed footwear prototypes, that too at faster speeds than ever seen.

Nike as a company though is no stranger to the world ofrapid prototypingand 3D printing of high precision footwear for athletes. Early last year the company patented their own 3D printing technology for shoes, having used it for a variety of interesting applications. Olympic athlete Allyson Felix is all set to go to Rio Olympics wearing Nikes custom prototype footwear that was made through 3D printing. The Jet Fusion 3D printer is going to give the footwear development of Nike a huge boost. The two available models of the printer are the HP Jet Fusion 3200 and the 4200 printers. Both boast really amazing resolution and very large build platforms.

Unlike other rapid prototyping systems or 3D printing devices, HPs new device has been designed specifically to produce parts for end users, which happen to be of the highest quality. To ensure the precision of quality, the 3D printer is going to print the parts in individual voxel levels. Each voxel is as small as fifty microns, which is similar to how 2D printers print pixel by pixel on paper. The amazing capabilities of the Jet Fusion 3D printer can be narrowed down to each voxel where the transforming characteristics will allow users to experience countless color combinations, applications, materials and a high level of design control. Stephen Nigro, the 3D printing president of Nike stated that their 3D printing platform is one of a kind in its capabilities and can print 340 million voxels each second as opposed to dealing with one point at a time. Due to this, theirrapid prototypingand manufacturing partners have been given the chance to build at radically faster speeds, breakthrough in economics and fully functional parts.

In short, the Jet Fusion 3D printer is an amazing option for users of any level, however, Nike was one of the first exclusive group of early adopters of the technology who are also going to provide exclusive user feedback to HP. Nike, as revealed in their press release, say that they are to use the revolutionary hardware by HP for a wide range of footwear applications. Nike has in fact, kept it a secret as to what the exact products are going to be like or what will be the benefits from this 3D printing technology. It has been widely circulated by other sources that the company would use it for customized items on demand andrapid prototyping.

Nike already has a lot of rapid prototyping and 3D printing achievements up its sleeve in its footwear department. Previously, they have made extensive use of selective laser sintering technology to print and optimizerapid prototypingfor different types of football cleats and track spikes. They have also employed the technology to prototype a cooling hood, especially for decathlete Ashton Eaton and a great duffle bag unlike any other.

Tom Clarke, president, Nike Innovation hinted at the fact that some more of those new prototypes and experimental projects can be expected out of the technical advancement of the company. Nike has the reputation for innovating for the worlds best athletic talents. The company has been using rapid prototyping and 3D printing technologies in order to create new innovators of performance for footwear for the several years in the past. The company expressed excitement in the partnership with celebrated HP to scale and accelerate their existing abilities as they continue to find new ways to better manufacture performance enhancing products to help athletes go up to their full potential. 3D printing, even though not a replacement for factory manufactured footwear just yet, it will definitely take up strong space in custom creations.

One the amazing projects undertaken by Nike would have to be the running shoes created especially for Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, a Jamaican athlete all set for the summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro. The Nike Zoom Superfly Elite was developed for Fraser Pryce with tightly woven upper and base plates, which were inspired by the geometric structures of organisms under the sea. The shoes were both lightweight, stiff and the perfect fit for the athlete.

With HPs new printers all set to help Nike up theirrapid prototypinggame, it is to be expected that all celebrated athletes, as well as normal customers of the future will have 3D printed pair of shoes that fit like second skin and cost lower than what is produced from traditional assembly lines.

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HP Incs CEO On 3D Printing Layoffs And Being Nimble

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HP Inc.s CEO On 3D Printing, Layoffs, And Being Nimble

Its been nearly four months since HP, Inc.splitfrom its data center-centric sibling Hewlett Packard Enterprise to become an independent company.

Since then, HP, Inc.s shares have sunk 9% amid a declining market for personal computers and printers. It also recentlyannouncedthat it would speed up planned layoffs.

In an interview withFortune, HP, Inc. CEO Dion Weisler acknowledged the tough environment. But he said his company is better off alone because it previously had to compete with its sibling for resources.

As a separate company, Weisler said HP can more quickly respond to market changes and invest in the necessary research to keep it relevant. Its going to need that speed, especially as the market forPCsandprinterscontinues to decline, but Weisler welcomes the challenge saying hes a glass half-full kind of guy.

Heres an edited interview with Weisler in which he discusses the tough marketplace, layoffs, and a push into 3D printing.

Fortune:Walk me through the past year and theseparation.

Weisler: Ive been working with Meg [Whitman] on the separation since Oct. 6, 2014, adaythat will be forever infused in my mind. There was always this great promise that embedded within oneFortune100 company there were twoFortune100 companies; both of almost equal size but really invoking quite different markets.

The board, Meg, and myself contemplated many options to maximize shareholder value and ultimately landed on separating the companies because it allows us to be more reactive to a market that we see is changing at lightening speed.

Explain HP, Inc.s mandate to not cut research and development.

The directive there is let us take out non-revenue generating parts of the business and keep the innovation engine alive.

Whats an example of a non-revenue generating part of your business?

Theres lots of processes that we run in the background. Is there a way to rebuild processes, like in finance? Are there better ways to do things from a legal perspective? Are there different ways to run sales operations, customer services, or support?

Are you referring to administrative processes?

All the things that arent creating products, marketing, and go-to-market. Those are the areas we are looking to re-fence and protect, so we can keep the innovation engine alive. We have to tell a story to our customers, because you can create great stuff and let people know about it, and then let the magic in the products go to work. That has to be done with a view of the short, the medium, and the long term. Our strategy is anchored around core growth for the future. The core is the vast majority of our $55 billion in revenue. Its core PCs and core printing.

Are there going to be more trimming and cost-cutting measures coming up?

Look, we announced that weve accelerated that. We are looking at processes. We are looking at ways that dont necessarily involve people, but involve leveraging technology to do things in more effective ways. We are looking at outsourcing things that arent core to our business that dont fit the strategic, and theres other companies out there that do it more efficiently than we can.

What are your plans to enter the 3D printing market?

Today, 3D printing is like a $5 billion or $6 billion market. Its not going to change the trajectory of the business. But what will is when we can start tapping into the $12 trillion injection molding market. We get to democratize manufacturing with 3D printing.

And you want to focus on 3D printing for the commercial sector as opposed to the consumer market?

Its not where the value is today. The value is in production and in prototyping.

We are aiming to be clear market leaders there, solving the problems of quality and cost, which has fully held the industry back. You got to hit the inflection point where it makes sense to go 3D printing versus traditional injection molding. If you dont get the formula right, then it always remains niche. So you can tap into production runs where the curve from digital to analog makes sense: where you can get that right injection point, where you can start to change the market.

What do you say to people who say HP has been behind on 3D printing?

We will release a technology thats ten times faster than anything else in the market. We can produce parts with unbelievable density. Weve got 21 microns of accuracy. Thats the tenth of a size of a human hair or one blood cell count. Thats how fine we can print.

We can do it at a fraction of the cost because of ourtechnology, which leverages 30 years of inkjet based printing to produce a 3D printed object. We are changing that formula relative to traditional manufacturing on the vectors of speed, quality, and costs that nobody else on the market has today.

Yes, others did get into it faster, and they are making $300 desktop-based printers. We never saw value there.

The home market hasnt grown; its actually going backwards. The real money and opportunity is in the commercial side of the business in prototyping and production.

Are you working with customers on 3D printing?

We have signed five what we call co-development companies. These are all companies you will know when we announce them. They come from different industries like apparel to manufacturing to all sorts of things, and they are working with us on our technology exclusively. This is serious stuff. Thats why we announced it a year and a half earlier than launch, because weve been co-developing in big businesses.

Are these companies using this technology in production?

We are certainly not being public with it. It goes into these companies early in the second half of this year. And then the product becomes generally available towards the end of this year.

Can you elaborate on recent comments you made on the Windows 10 operating system and whether you see it leading to an increase of PC sales? You said you were disappointed that you failed to see higher sales because of Windows 10 like you were expecting.

I am disappointed. I think its a tremendous operating system. The promise of universal apps is tremendous.

I get concerned when theres anything that might derail momentum inside the ecosystem. People have to be sensible and make sure its stimulating the market and not destimulating the market. Eventually, this will take off and in the commercial realm theres more customers looking at Windows 10 at this juncture of a new operating system than they ordinarily would.

I think as custodians of an ecosystem, as Microsoftand Intelare, and to some extent we are with some of the other large players, we need to stimulate the 550 million or 600 million people that are still running devices five and half years old to go buy again. Companies need to be very thoughtful about where theyre making their investments.

Microsoft entered the space with Surface, and theyve spent a lot of money, and thats good; it created a category for the industry. You got to be careful that you are not leaving behind the rest of the ecosystem. As industry custodians, we got to do all the right things to stimulate demand.

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HP Promises to Improve 3D Printing This June

Chances are youve owned an HP printer at some point in your life. If not, you definitely know someone who has. The company is one of the biggest players in the hardcopy peripherals market, and printers account for a huge chunk of HPs revenue. Last year, it accounted for 40 percent of the market and was number one worldwide. Now, it looks like the company has set its sights on 3D printing.

HP today confirmed plans to enter the 3D printing market later this year. The news was confirmed in a meeting with shareholders. Meg Whitman, president and CEO of HP, said the company is hot on the case of 3D printing and said the company would have a big announcement in June. While the news that a name as big as HP is about to throw its hat into the 3D printer ring is significant in and of itself, theres something more exciting behind this announcement.

Forbes reports that Whitman, while discussing 3D printing with shareholders, said that watching 3D printing in progress is akin to watching ice melt. In other words, its slow and therefore not very interesting. Ms. Whitman also pointed out that theres room for improvement when it comes to the quality of 3D-printed objects. So why is HP getting into a business that still has so far to go before it can be considered suitable for mainstream consumption? Because its CEO reckons the company has solved those problems.

It might take a while for HPs technological feats to trickle down to the consumer (the company is going to focus on the enterprise market first), the fact that a big name like HP is willing to put its money where its mouth is and enter the 3D printing market is a fantastic sign for 3D printing and for those who dream of 3D printing goods in their own home without breaking the bank.

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How much are the DRM-infested ABS/PET/etc. wire spools going to cost?

Cant wait, this will definitely be a huge step in consumer level adaptation. The Toronto Reference Library got two MakerBot 2s and I got to try them out printing airfoils. Not exactly accurate enough, but wow I was impressed! I really want to get a printer soon.

Wow, that face looks so lifelike. 3D printing really has come a long way

Hopefully the drivers wont be as insane as the ones for the 2D printers

They will probably come out with something much cheaper than the current mainstream which will allow people to get into 3D printing without too much money upfront. They will probably improve the speed considerably. The catch? There system will use a custom cartridge that will cost about 20x what the current spool cost is and the size of the part that you can print will be very limited in size.

Im guessing they have a way of sideloading blocks of material into the printhead so they can lay down more material faster than anybody else. They may also have a cooling or drying mechanism that lets the printhead move a lot faster.

But theres already a lot of 3D printing out there like Makerbot. What are we exactly expecting in this HP 3D printer? Makerbot, after buying all the supplies, they last forever. Printing costs range from 0.01 cent to 40 cents, with accuracy of 0.01 mm… I wonder what HP printer has to offer?

The printer ink still costs more than the printer!!!

Damric, buy aftermarket ink on Ebay or refill them at Costco. Not sure if such a market will exist for 3d printer materials!

Danwat1234 — if its similar to Makerbot, printer ink is a bit expensive but LAST LONG!

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(TelecomPaper.com)The Spanish government has approved grants totaling €21.25 million to Hewlett-Packard Spain for research and development in new 3D-printing technologies. The announcement comes after HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed in April that the company would locate its EUR 50 million global 3D printing center in Sant Cugat del Valles in Barcelona.

Spains industry ministry will hand out a direct subsidy of€5.3 million to the project, plus an additional€15.9 million in loans. HPs engineers in Barcelona recently developed 3D inkjet print heads that can operate 10,000 nozzles at once, while tracking designs to a five-micron precision.

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Barcelona is set to be the home for the Global 3D Printing Hub

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Renishaw, HP and Leitat are founding members of a hub that is designed to accelerate the adoption and development of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technologies. With an estimated investment of up to 28 million euros from the Government of Catalonia in Spain and with the expert knowledge of the associated companies, as both manufacturer and user of the technologies, the hub will provide SMEs expert advice and the latest innovative technologies to assess, guide and address all their needs in AM.

The new Global 3D Printing Hub will focus on three key aspects that are designed to gain confidence in AM and assess manufacturing capabilities – experimenting and testing (to gain confidence in, and validate AM technologies); end-to-end solutions (AM value chain design, validation and implementation); business and mentoring (business model assessment and help to accelerate adoption).

Renishaw Ibricas Managing Director, Vctor Escobar, comments, We are extremely pleased to form part of this project and, along with HP and Leitat, our aim is to drive the adoption of AM and put Barcelona on the world map as a reference point for additive technologies. AM is an evolutionary technology designed to form part of an overall manufacturing process. It has been successfully integrated into sectors such as medical and aerospace as it achieves results that are impossible to obtain from conventional manufacturing methods, such as machining.

Ramon Pastor, Vice President and General Manager of HP 3D Printing Business, defines the announcement of the hub as a historical day, as it represents a very important step towards the transformation of the industry. 3D printing will change the way we live in the industrial world, with more personalised and functional products.

Leitat, a member of TECNIO and recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, aims to collaborate with companies and institutions by adding technological value both to products and processes. Leitat focuses its activity on research, development and industrial innovation and is firmly committed to overcome the technological challenges in the social, environmental, economic and industrial sectors. In its state of the art facilities in Terrassa (Barcelona), Leitat is involved in a wide array of projects encompassing many diverse applications including biotechnology, advanced materials, industrial chemistry, renewable energies and new production processes.

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News release: Barcelona is set to be the home for the Global 3D Printing Hub

Renishaw, HP and Leitat are founding members of a hub that is designed to accelerate the adoption and development of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technologies. With an estimated investment of up to 28 million euros from the Government of Catalonia in Spain and with the expert knowledge of the associated companies, as both manufacturer and user of the technologies, the hub will provide SMEs expert advice and the latest innovative technologies to assess, guide and address all their needs in AM.

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Ever since the name 3D printing was adopted globally a few years ago the AM industry has been on the verge of entering a new era. In a way 3D printing has been on the verge of entering a new era since it was invented in 1986. The risk here is that it is, was and always will be the future of manufacturing. The reality, fortunately, is that while that may be so, the industry is really coming into its own and the hugely successful 2016 edition of formnext is a clear indication of what that may mean.

With support from the TCT powerhouse (the magazine and even network is now partner or owns almost every major 3D printing event in the world)   and with the enthusiastic participation of every major company and innovator in the world of 3D printing the 2016 edition of formnext was a borderline perfect show (inlcuding the closing party in the huge areas which could represent next years show floor expansion). Exhibitors were satisfied with the amount and quality of the attendance; attendees were entertained by a huge number of product launches, announcements, new developments and evolutions in technologies and strategic visions.

Many people in the AM industry had grown sentimentally attached to Euromold since that had been the reference event for many years. However, much like the entire industry has changed dramatically through the centrifuge that the past two years have represented, the reference industry show had to change too. Euromold had become (or actually had remained) and old show, unable to the changing demands of a highly dynamic industry such as 3D printing is now.

Manufacturing processes are not computers. They used to take centuries and then decades to evolve. Now they evolve at a Moores Law rate, doubling in efficiency every two years of so just like any other digital process. The difference here is that this is not just digital content. This is real, digital and phsyical matter. AKA the era of voxel as HP and many other companies have been emphasizing.

Just like Gartner predicted, the hype spike was followed by a period of disillusionment. However we are now clearly entering the next phase of real and controlled yet rapid growth. Stratasyss (and even 3D Systems) stands were larger than thos from the peak of the hype and yet now this is what the market requires. Especially because now the likes of HP and GE (and Ricoh and even Michelin) are getting involved heavily.

3D Printing Media Networkpublished an initial overlook of the first interesting news and announcements we ran into on Day 1, here we are going to go over everything else that you just could not miss if you attended (or if you did not attend) the show, starting from the beginning of formnext day 3 with

While the current market leader did not present any huge technological news other than a few solid industrial case studies and highly strategic partnership the fact remains that the company is still the current market leader. Beyond the specific relevance of the announcements (you can find everything here), such as the high profile partnerships with Siemens and SAP targeting industrial production and professional education respectively, Stratasys limited its innovation to a new top of the line Fortus 900mc and a new nylon 6 material for FDM. The biggest news coming out of Stratasys, however, is that adopters are finally ready for its advance color capabilities with the high-end J750. Thanks to GrabCAD print, among other things, companies like Safilo and even several services, are finally offering voxel level color capabilities.

One real game changes in the AM industry may be that now materials manufacturers have access to not one but two very serious SLS platforms. One, clearly, is Ricohs and the other is represented by the Prodways/Farsoon partnership. Prodways has signed material development partnerships with Arkema, BASF, Somos and more, and the company has now finalized its zirconia ceramics offer on MovingLight DLP technology (now with 20% higher productvity rates). Prodways has also launched the new high end system, the P4500 HT, capable of using high temperature nylon 6. The company has also finally presented its own, internally developed, entry level system, the P1000, which is  the first result of the Norge Systems acquisition and will be available starting at $100,000.

Americans like things bigger. American company 3D Platform has made this its main objective by expanding its system capabilities to almost infinite production capabilities. The new pellet fed top of the line 3DP Excel 100 system has an impressive 45 to 55 Kg/hr deposition rate, way more than current record holder BAAM. This could be further expanded in custom systems with multiple serial extruders.

We already covered Sismas new large size metal 3D printer (that was impossible to miss) however another new product (show only at the Vicenza Gold show this year) is the companys very first SLA 3D printer. The Myrev100 is not just any 3D printer but a triple rotating platform system to increase productivity without sacrificing precision.

When a giant such as HP enters the market it just comes natural to try to find some weakness in what seems like an all-powerful competitor. One criticism moved to the company is that its 3D pritners on display at previous shows were not running. However HP always maintained that the reason was that it would be impossible to show the inside of the machine while it is running. This time at its huge movie-theatre like stand HP had three systems on display so one of them could run. And continued to print for the entire show at its current breakneck speed. SLS adopters argue they can be competitive with MJF speed through process and post process optimization. However SLS has had two decades to improve processes, and MJF is ultra fast from the start.

Together with the most important and historic French industrial association. Michelin is the main investor in AddUp, a french startup that developed and launched a new SLM 3D printer. The machine leverages over 10 years of Michelin experience as a leading adopter of the technology, which it used to produce tire molds. The machine has thus been optimized to be as intuitive and easy to use, with a modular approach to cleaning and sieving stations.

Weve seen the PCB (actually you can see it in the photo) now Nano Dimension is also 3D printing geometircally complex and even flexible circuitry. The sample flexible circuit is just the beginning. Soon it will be even less frail. The machine is now available in beta but it is expected to hit the market next year and seems to be eagerly awaited by the entire electronic prototyping and engineering industry.

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HP To Enter 3D Printing Market With Big Technology Announcement In June

For a lot of people, their first 3D printer may well be anHPprinter. The company is readying a big announcement for June that will pertain to3D printingtechnology, and although theres not much else to go on in terms of details, the company has revealed to Reuters that it has figured out some of the technical issues that can make the 3D printing process slower and less accurate.

Particularly, HP engineers have supposedly solved a problem with substrate quality that affects the quality and durability of prints.

Its like watching ice melt, said HP CEO Meg Whitman on the speed of most 3D printers. And the quality of todays 3D printing is not as good as it should be — the surface of the substrate is not perfect. We actually think weve solved these problems.

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She also said that HP envisions itself taking advantage of needs in the enterprise space, such as rapid prototyping and other applications that can currently be expensive and time-consuming.

If HP indeed has knocked down some of the technological barriers to 3D printing, it could make a killing in a market that is still wide open. HP believes that the 3D printing market will grow from $2.2 billion in 2012 to around $11 billion by 2021.

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