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Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing service and marketplace for consumers, have announced a collaboration with HP Inc. to help drive the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution.

Shapeways was the first company to receive an early prototype unit in its Eindhoven factory and is working closely with HP offering real-time feedback. Once publicly available, this innovative commercial system will enable Shapeways to provide its vast and highly creative 3D community with a superior quality black nylon material that will 3D print in greater detail, with a faster lead time and at a lower cost than current dyed nylons offered.

"We chose to work with Shapeways because they are the leading authority in bringing creative ideas to life and are the largest consumer 3D printing portal, with 3,000 products made every day," said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business. "The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will enable Shapeways to bring high quality parts up to 10 times faster than before for lower cost."

In addition to offering superior quality, this new technology has the potential to reduce standard shipping from the current seven business days to next day delivery. What’s more, while the technology is only currently available for black nylon, over time, the range of colours is expected to dramatically expand and even include full-colour printing allowing for unprecedented creativity.

"We're thrilled to collaborate with HP, a company with a long history of deep innovation," said Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways CEO. "Our community has told us time and again, they want better quality and more material options, faster lead times and lower costs for the products they make. With the new HP Jet Fusion 3D printer, we can now deliver on all these asks to them, which is amazing. In working with HP we have learnt their technology is ground breaking and we cannot wait to give this power to our community, enabling them to unleash their creativity even further."

Unveiled at RAPID 2016, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution is the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system. It is unique in its ability to address over 340 million voxels per second, versus one point at a time. It offers a simplified workflow and reduced cost for radical prototyping, delivery of final parts manufacturing with breakthrough economics, open materials and software innovation platform that lowers barriers to adoption and enables new applications across industries.