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Printing and Peripherals

HP to Take on 3D Printers: How Come?

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HP to Take on 3D Printers: How Come?

At the annual HP shareholders meeting CEO Meg Whitman confirms the company is set to enter 3D printing space, with an official reveal to take place on June 2014.

According to Whitman the company solved what she says are the two main problems of the technology-- speed ("it's like watching ice melt" Whitman says) and quality ("the surface of the substrate is not perfect"). HP will initially target market verticals demanding systems for the creation of prototypes and finished products, but will also target service providers for consumers wanting individual print jobs.

Currently 3D printers are the domain of smaller vendors such as 3D Systems and Stratasys, so why would a giant such as HP want to take on the technology? A Canalys market forecast might have the answer. According to the analyst the 2013 global 3D printing market is worth $2.5 billion, and will rise to $3.8bn in 2014 before reaching $16.2bn by 2018.

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Epson RIPS Laser Printers

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Epson RIPS Laser Printers

Epson takes on enterprise laser printers with an inkjet range promising higher efficiency on both energy use and printing-- the WorkForce PRO RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) printers.

The RIPS makes use of replaceable ink baggies based on four-colour printing, with one bag for each colour. Each bag carries 3 pints of ink and is designed to be very simple to replace.

According to Epson the system allows for uninterrupted printing of up to 75000 pages (depending on nature of printing involved) without need for consumables change.

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Samsung NFC-Enabled Printers at CeBIT

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Samsung NFC-Enabled Printers at CeBIT

Samsung launches a pair of NFC-enabled printers at CeBIT 2014-- the Xpress C1860 series colour laser and the Xpress M2885 series mono-laser printers, both aideal for home office and SMB customers.

“As mobile becomes more central to the everyday working environment these NFC-enabled printers let SMBs conduct their business seamlessly as well as catering for the growing BYOD trend," the company claims.

The Xpress C1860 colour laser and multifunction printer (MFPs) prints, copies, scans and faxes. It carries a dual CPU (533MHz main, 150MHz sub) and 256MB memory (upgradeable to 512MB) and polymerised toner for vivid and glossy colours.

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Conrad Takes on 3D Printing

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Conrad Takes on 3D Printing

German CE retailer Conrad Electronic launches an own 3D printer-- the Renkforce RF1000, a relatively inexpensive model set to be available as either a kit or a complete, ready to use unit.

The printer connects to PCs via USB, and features an SD card slot. It makes use of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) to print models up to 250x235x175mm in size using ABS, PLA, PVA, EcoPLA, PET, Tauman, Laybrick, Bendlay, Laywood-D3, HIPS and ABS smart materials.

Conrad says the printer is easy to use, and can also mill and engrave in plastic, wood, aluminium and brass via optional replacement components.

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HP Ships 200 Million LaserJets

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HP Ships 200 Million LaserJets

HP announcement the shipment of the 200 millionth HP LaserJet printer-- an event the company describes as "an unprecedented milestone" for the nearly 30 year old brand.

In celebration HP will show off limited-edition commemorative LaserJet printers at Customer Experience Centres around the world, including Barcelona, Bejing, Mexico City and Palo Alto.

It also launches the "200 Million and Counting" customer sweepstakes. Customers can share LaserJet-related testimonials on a special site, before HP chooses a winning testimonial from each worldwide region 24 December 2013. The prize? A limited-edition LaserJet MFP.

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