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HP enters 3D printing, will print with glass

HP has worked with us for a long time and is preparing and entering the 3D printing market with its product in October. The 3D printing changes

HP has worked with us for a long time and is preparing and entering the 3D printing market with its own product. The launch announced for October and will be an important moment for HP and for 3D printing. With the widespread presence of HP at the companies, the launch of a 3D printer will be an important event, ready to spread this technology like never before.

But a delicate moment also for HP that enters to challenge companies, maybe smaller, but that have in fact created the segment with avant-garde technologies. HP has already announced that its 3D products will appeal to companies, the consumer, the community of makers, for the moment not its target. A great novelty will be the material with which HP's 3D printers will work, it will not only be plastic but also glass.


3D printing on glass – HP Labs

A series of accidentally leaked news from the company confirm this great novelty. Recently HP has published an announcement for the search of personnel in which explicit reference is made to glass.The HP Labs are conducting research for the printing of inorganic materials and are working on hybrid printing of glass (and other inorganic substances) on objects that are already mass-produced ", the announcement reads. But glass as a resource for the press, HP has already spoken in the past, in unsuspected times. In a 2012 White Paper dedicated to the 3D printing of glass.

With 90% of the earth's crust composed of silicates, there will never be a shortage of these resources. The glass is easy to recycle and ecological. Inexpensive glass, but it looks precious, pleasant to the touch and so familiar that customers will not be disappointed by its fragility – under certain conditions.

The first HP 3D printer will be announced on October 31, said CEO Meg Whitman, and will punch on speed and accuracy, which should be higher than those offered by models already on the market. Not certain that the first model will have the possibility of print the glass, but in any case HP research should have produced a new polymer to make printing faster and improve the surfaces of 3D printed objects that today appear to be knurled.