Stratasys announced it has shipped the first Hewlett-Packard -branded 3-D printers, which are expected to go on sale in select European markets in May.
Both Statasys and HP co-developed the new system, called Designjet 3D, following an agreement announced last January. The release makes HP the only major manufacturer offering both traditional paper and 3-D printers. The Designjet 3D line will be available in Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the U.K.
“The agreement to develop and manufacture a product to HP’s specification is a milestone for us,” said Stratasys CEO Scott Crump. “Today, we’re taking a big step in realizing the agreement’s potential by demonstrating we can deliver.”
Three-dimensional printers make solid objects using inkjet technology, printing a model layer by layer with molten plastic with information from a CAD file. Designers and engineers typically use them to create stand-in components of complex devices for assembly, form, fit and function testing,
Stratasys was an early pioneer in 3-D printing. It coined the term “3-D printer” with IBM in the mid-1990s and produced the first desktop-sized 3-D printer available for less than $15,000 early last year.
There is no word on pricing or U.S. availability.