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HP Exec On Developing The Company's First Metal 3-D Printer And Courting A 'Wider Network Of Partners' For 3-D Print

Kyle Alspach

You've had some big gains on reaching cost-parity with injection molding on the Multi-Jet Fusion printers. Can those gains continue at that pace?

Yes. I think [Jet Fusion general manager] Ramon [Pastor, pictured] talked about the six levers of manufacturing adoption -- one of them being materials breadth. Another one is material cost. It's the same for additive -- there are these six levers of adoption. Material cost is very important, because if you look at manufacturing in high volumes, we're not going to pay more for a product just because it's 3-D printed. We see ourselves pushing the break-even further and further away. And you can do that with a combination of productivity, cost -- there are different levers you can push.

HP has said that it's not going to replace injection molding, but it's fair to say that you're aiming to displace some injection molding?

Yes. Replace is a big word, because there will be volumes that will always make sense to injection mold. But basically our strategy is to displace a lot of the injection molding where it makes sense.

 
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