HP Getting Into 3D Printing Business
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 expected HP, the largest of several printer-making companies from Canon to Xerox, to eventually get into the business. Whitman said HP’s inhouse researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products.
I'm kinda surprised this didn't happen sooner.
@Bill-Kindle Can't wait for 3D printing to grow into full-scale food replicators, a la Star Trek.
I think HP is holding back waiting till they can enter the market as a leader.