With a new HP channel partnership, a new membership with the MTC, and a new office move to state of the art facilities, 2017 has been an eventful year for us here at Europac HQ and with what we have in store for 2018, we know it’s going to be an even bigger and better year. Let us talk you through what you can expect from us in 2018…
HP only officially launched their Multi Jet Fusion 4200 Printer in April 2017, but it has already started to make waves in the 3D printing world by revolutionising the way in which 3D printing is used, so much so that engineering.com ranked HP third in their 3D printing market leader table. Traditionally when 3D printing began to take off, it was predominantly used for rapid prototyping, now thanks to the HP Multi Jet fusion, it has the power, quality and cost effectiveness to 3D print up to 3,000 parts in a single print run.
In 2018, you can expect to see us working on some exciting projects using the HP Multi Jet Fusion including, branching into the world of orthotics and prosthetics for the first time as well as orthodontics. Smaller businesses with a bespoke nature are realising how they can use the HP Multi Jet Fusion to help cut costs per part and speed up the production process, when compared to more traditional methods such as injection moulding.
HP have also announced that this year they will launch full colour 3D printing for the first time, in line with their production systems creating functional prints in engineering grade materials. The new system is an exciting new development that will occupy a new and unique segment within the additive manufacturing market, offering truly functional full colour parts as an industry first.
Until now other systems have only been able to produce concept colour parts however have lacked ‘real world’ durability and functionality. The HP system builds on the established multi jet fusion platform producing functional part production ideal for small/medium design firms, product development teams and universities. The new system will be HP’s most compact system to date designed for convenient in-house production of up to 130 parts per week.
HP have also announced plans to release a 3D metal printer in due course and we foresee that when these technologies fully launch, there will be a high demand for the new machines. As we are one of the only UK Channel partners for HP, we anticipate a busy year ahead for 3D colour and metal printing.
We are also excited to announce that we will finally see the much anticipated Artec Leo for the first time, and it will be available to purchase from Europac 3D in the coming months. The Leo is the first 3D scanner to offer on board automatic processing and is able to provide the most intuitive workflow, making 3D scanning as easy as taking a video. As you scan your object, see the 3D replica being built in real time on Leo’s touch panel screen… and we can’t wait to show you its real-life capabilities.
As a company, one of our new year’s resolutions was to make more appearances at exhibitions and so, we are excited to announce that we have kept to our plans and will be at a range of shows from The North of England to the South during 2018. We’ll be on hand to provide product demos with our Artec scanners and HP Multi Jet Fusion, as well as to discuss how we can help you achieve your business goals in the coming year.
We look forward to seeing you!