White Paper: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Why 3D Printing as a Service Could Become the Next Big Thing


Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has finally arrived as a viable option for not only creating functional prototypes but for producing high-quality parts and complete products in volume.

With recent advances in 3D printing technologies, software, and materials, businesses are now able to more rapidly convert digital images into small, medium, and large batches of physical objects, depending upon their needs. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology, in particular, is helping to bring AM closer to traditional manufacturing technologies from a quality (mechanical properties and accuracy), cost, and productivity standpoint. Now, companies can finally apply it alongside — or even instead of — certain traditional manufacturing technologies for prototyping, bridge, and end use part production. This can lead to greater design freedom and customization possibilities for manufacturing higher value parts and products.

Analysts predict the global market for 3D printing products and services will reach $15 billion in 2020 and surge to $35.6 billion by 2024. But while the momentum clearly exists, so do a few challenges. Many small- to mid-sized organizations, while recognizing the potential value to enhance their businesses with industrial-grade 3D printing, still struggle with finding the time and resources to deploy it.

That’s why HP recently introduced 3DaaS Plus. The world’s first complete 3D printing as a service offering, it puts the power and promise of in-house, production-ready 3D printing in reach for organizations of all sizes. With HP 3DaaS Plus, design, engineering, and other organizations can now easily access the industrial level of 3D printing made possible with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.

This white paper describes how HP 3DaaS Plus is already providing small- and mid-sized companies the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of 3D printing — and staying up to date with the latest technology — with minimal up-front costs and predictable expenses. Its pay-per-build approach also gives organizations the opportunity to put their focus on business results rather than equipment or transactions.

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