In the following video segment, 3D printing specialist Steve
Heller interviews Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers
Associates, a leading 3D printing insights company that authors
that it will enter the 3D printing market sometime in 2016 with a
homegrown technology it calls Multi Jet Fusion. Additionally,
Steve asks Tim what he expects out of EuroMold 2014, the world's
largest 3D printing conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany --
where the two spoke last month.
According to HP, Multi Jet Fusion is 10 times faster than the
leading material jetting and selective laser sintering technology
available today, and doesn't sacrifice on quality or strength.
Given HP's decades of 2D printing expertise and its deep pockets,
would be wise to closely monitor HP's entrance to the space,
which might shake up the 3D printing industry.
A full transcript follows the video.
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Steve Heller here, folks. I'm joined today with Tim Caffrey of
Wohlers Associates. He is a senior consultant at Wohlers
Associates, a leading 3D printing insights company.
Tim, I just wanted to jump right in here. Let's talk about
Hewlett-Packard. Wohlers recently made some pretty bold
statements about Hewlett-Packard's Multi Jet Fusion [3D printer].
I was wondering if you could elaborate on that.
Hewlett-Packard's had a team of research scientists that have
been working for several years on this technology, which they
call Multi Jet Fusion. We've seen some parts, and we've seen a
machine, and really some pretty impressive output in terms of the
quality of the parts, the down-facing surfaces, the speed of the
Of course, with Hewlett-Packard's global reach -- their
large-format 2D printing division, which is headquartered in
Barcelona -- we think that they're really in a good position to
essentially disrupt the 3D printing industry.
What makes Multi Jet Fusion so groundbreaking, compared to the
additive manufacturing landscape? There are a number of different
leading technologies: selective laser sintering, material-based
extrusion. What makes Multi Jet Fusion so much more unique?
One thing, Steve, is the speed of the system. There were some
test parts that were built, and the speed improvements are up to
10 times faster than some of the existing technologies in
Also, the price point -- which we don't know where
Hewlett-Packard's going to price these systems, and, of course,
it depends upon the size of the part volume -- but we think that
there's some potential for some real disruption with respect to
system pricing as well.
Being that HP's entrance is roughly two years away from release,
how do you view that in the competitive landscape? Is this going
to spark an innovation boom in terms of research and development?
Are other competitors really going to try to step up their game
to remain more competitive against a threat like Multi Jet
It'll be interesting to see, I agree. We'll see how the other
manufacturers in the industry respond. Most of the responses thus
far, publicly, have been positive and that there's room in this
growing industry for more players and more manufacturers, and
that's a good sign.
Hewlett-Packard, you say, is about two years away from
commercial systems, and I think that's about accurate, although
they are looking for strategic partners and probably to do some
beta testing in the nearer term, so we'll probably be seeing
incremental results related to the process and how much impact it
really will have for the industry.
In terms of looking out, we're at EuroMold, at the opening day
here. What are some of the biggest things you're looking for
You're right, we're here at EuroMold, the morning of the first
day. EuroMold is the show of the year, where most system
manufacturers and material suppliers and other companies that
supply to this industry make their big announcements related to
technology development, new systems, and whatnot, so it's a
pretty exciting time. We'll be here all week, and we'll see what
is here to offer and to learn.
We also have a conference. This will be the 16th consecutive
year of the Wohlers Conference, which is a one-day conference
that we put on. This year's theme is Managing the Supply Chain in
3D Printing. We're looking forward to that on Thursday.
By the end of the week, I think we'll have a good idea. We're
looking to see new system announcements. We know that Stratasys
and 3D Systems, for example, have both made announcements prior
to EuroMold that they will be introducing new materials, new
systems, so there's a lot to be seen.
Of course, out here in Hall 11 it's almost entirely dedicated
to additive and to the materials and software to support
additive, so there's an awful lot to see and an awful lot to
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