2. HP's JetFusion 3D Printer Signal Start Of New Era
HP Inc.'s formal launch of its eagerly anticipated HP JetFusion 3-D printing solutions heralded what partners are calling a new era of printer sales growth that is focused squarely on redefining the economics of the intensely competitive production manufacturing market.
Partners expect what HP is calling the "world's first production-ready" 3-D printing system to be a catalyst in making 3-D printing a significant part of their business over the next five years. "The long-term market opportunity is unbelievable," said Chris Fay, vice president of sales for Greenville, S.C.-based TPM, whose tagline is 'What will you create today?'
Among the reasons for partner optimism is the no-holds barred focus on quality, reliability and channel commitment that HP is bringing to the market as a printer market leader with a long history of innovation.
The new printers are designed to provide production-quality manufacturing parts well below the price of competitive offerings at five to 10 times the speed of the current products.