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HP's 3D Future: Sprout Visual Tour
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Charlie Babcock
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11/3/2014 | 8:04:37 PM
Needed: 3D auto parts
I think HP is onto something with the Multi Jet Fusion. A simple example: an auto repair shop needs an odd part for a make, whose parts it doesn't stock. Instead of setting up a delivery, it gets a prescription for what metals it needs to stock its 3D printer with and a 3D diagram of the part. The printer goes to work and the car is repaired on the day it's brought in, no delays, no problem. A particular metal might need to be delivered from a nearby distributor, but not the finished part. The finished part is delivered electronically.
Thomas Claburn
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10/31/2014 | 4:26:07 PM
Re: App possibilities
Maybe the focus and motion detection become difficult if the Illuminator is mounted at different distances, which would happen with peripherals on varied computer models. I suppose there's also some advantage to be able to guarantee certain hardware capabilities to developers writing Sprout apps.
Lorna Garey
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10/31/2014 | 4:22:33 PM
Re: App possibilities
Maybe that's Plan B if the whole setup doesn't sell. I imagine it also has to to with the operation being on the complex side, and it's always easier to control the entire hardware/software ecosystem.
Thomas Claburn
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10/31/2014 | 4:18:34 PM
Re: App possibilities
The thing I can't figure out is why it doesn't make sense to sell just the Illuminator and mat as PC peripherals, rather than grafting them onto a PC permanently. It may work as marketing but I have trouble seeing the practical advantages of this approach.
Lorna Garey
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10/31/2014 | 1:17:57 PM
Re: App possibilities
Could parts be scanned and brought into the advanced modeling software that engineers use, like SurfaceWorks? That would be very cool.

And, with 3D, clearly the biz to be in is not just the hardware, but the materials used to make items. HP learned that lesson with the inkjet.
Michael Endler
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10/31/2014 | 12:27:38 PM
Not a bad move after the break up
When HP split its PC/printer and software businesses, I think it reinforced for a lot of people that HP weathered some bumpy roads during the PC slump. Introducing a genuinely novel concept isn't a bad way to start the post-break up period.
Laurianne
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10/31/2014 | 11:15:00 AM
App possibilities
Interesting point re HP needing great apps that take advantage of this unusual PC. You can see the image/video editing possibilities. What else comes to mind, readers?


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