After months of anticipation, HP finally announces their upcoming 3D Printer and it promises to be a game changer! The specs on this machine will hopefully address some of the current problems with today's 3D printers.
Perhaps the biggest problem is how long it takes to produce a printed object. While still quick compared to traditional manufacturing solutions, 3D Printing something as small as a 5 inch tall object can take anywhere from 5-12 hours.
HP promises to fix this problem and on top of the speed improvements the new printer also boats multi-material and multi-color capabilities. Lastly, detail will also be improved which is another major complaint of current 3D printers, especially consumer machines which usually produce coarse surfaces.
It's safe to assume this won't be a future purchase for your personal maker space but HP will most likely also address the consumer/ pro-sumer market with smaller, more personal printers as well.
Time will tell how fast things change but it's apparent that the future is bright for designers. I for one cannot wait to see what new opportunities these new technologies bring to our industry!