HP Plans To Launch 3D-printing Business In SA

- Oct 23, 2018-

New York-listed HP, which makes personal computers and printers, plans to launch its fledgling 3D-printing business in SA in early 2019.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to the construction of three-dimensional objects using digital files.By building products layer by layer, the technology is expected to reduce manufacturing costs and waste.

"The technology is considered a viable alternative to traditional manufacturing methods," Scott Schiller, global head of customer and market development for HP's 3D-printing division, told Business Day.

In other markets, HP's 3D-printing machines are being used to make prototypes and production parts for companies including BMW, Volkswagen, Nike and Johnson & Johnson.

Earlier in 2018, the first 3D-printed house was made in Texas.

"It's got some interesting potential [for homes] but it's not where we're focused at the moment,"Schiller said.

Meanwhile, the consumer market for 3D printers is already gaining traction in SA.

JSE-listed Mustek, which distributes 3D printers for XYZprinting, reported limited sales from that unit earlier in 2018, but CEO David Kan said revenues were expected to grow quickly.

HP plans to launch 3D-printing business

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