After sensing tremendous opportunities in both commercial and industrial 3D printing in India, global PC and printer major HP on Friday announced to start selling its Next-Gen 3D printers in the country by early next year.
According to Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc India, the company is in discussions with various industry stakeholders to help them begin 3D printing in India.
Also called additive manufacturing, 3D printing assembles objects layer by layer, and can be done using materials such as plastic, resin, or metal. The Multijet Fusion 3D, the HP range of printers to be launched in India, will print plastic parts — body implants, car panels, and manufacturing prototypes.
With its Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing technology, HP plans to disrupt the $12 trillion (roughly Rs. 7,73,56,117 crores) global manufacturing market and hopes to push 3D printing’s prototyping into developing manufacturing components.
“Globally, we are working with companies like Johnson & Johnson to print 3D parts that can be inserted in the human body—like an artificial hip or a dental implant. Initially, HP will offer 3D plastic printers and we will introduce metal 3D printing whenever it is available,” Chandra said.
The printers to be launched in India are already being sold in Australia, China and Japan. The starting price for such devices is $100,000 (approx. Rs 65 lakh), although HP declined to discuss any India-specific pricing at present.