While 3D viewing (stereoscopic imaging that emulates our eyesight and 3D printing (an inkjet-like manufacturing process) really mean very different things, HP rolled out new products in each arena simultaneously as part of its new “Blended Reality ecosystem.”
The HP Multi Jet Fusion hardware “delivers on the potential of 3D printing,” and the Sprout “immersive computing platform” redefines the PC user experience “and creates a foundation for future immersive technologies,” the company says. “We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing… enabling us to express ourselves at the speed of thought — without filters, without limitations.”
The Multi Jet Fusion provides better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics as compared to existing solutions, HP claims, with a “synchronous architecture that significantly improves the commercial viability of 3D printing and has the potential to change the way we think about manufacturing.” It’s 10-times faster, and the proprietary multi-agent printing process utilizing HP Thermal Inkjet arrays simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce best-in-class quality that combines greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions, HP adds.
Of, HP “has been an industry leader in 2D printing for 30 years,” the company notes, and “Now, we are bringing our expertise to bear in 3D printing, leveraging all of our investments and intellectual property to develop tools that can enable the next industrial revolution.”
Sprout “Reimagines computing”
Yes, Sprout is a funky name for a desktop all-in-one Windows 8 PC. But HP says it “combines the power of an advanced desktop computer with an immersive, natural user interface to create a new computing experience.” It has a scanner, depth sensor, and a projector in a single device, to let you “take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace,” as “people have always created with their hands.” The “Illuminator” projection system scans and captures real-world objects in 3D, allowing the user to immediately interact and create: there’s a 23-inch LCD primary display up top, and 20-inch capacitive pad on the bottom, under the camera and projector.