Not letting the more visual-orientated technology companies have all the fun with 3D, Hewlett Packard has gotten into the 3D swing of things with its new printer line. Selling for about $14,000, and for now only available in Europe, the HP Designjet 3D is a totally new concept for a printer that probably will cost an arm and a leg to buy refill cartridges for. And for another $3,000 or so you can get yourself a Designjet 3D Color printer, that can produce eight different colors.
Of course, you don't print out documents with this fancy printer. The printer is capable of making models out of a molten plastic it heats up. It stacks the plastic on top of each other, in a chamber, producing a 3D model.
This product will probably be of primary interest to folks who are in various occupations of design: architects, industrial designers, engineers, inventors, and the like. While the price tag of $17,000 might seem a bit high, if you are a company that makes many scale models of products, this $17,000 printer could potentially save you a lot of money.
This is not the first 3D printer on the market -- but the market remains quite small.