Hmmn, it looks like HPQ was moving into this market a while ago. I wonder if they are still involved and if not why not?
Hewlett-Packard to sell 3-D printers in May
Posted on April 21, 2010 by kflack
Stratasys Inc. shipped the first 3-D printers made with the Hewlett-Packard brand under a deal first publicized in January.
The printers will go on sale in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom next month.
Minneapolis-based Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) developed the printers with Palo Alto-based H-P (NYSE: HPQ). H-P, which has a 3,500-employee campus in Roseville, plans to sell them in the mechanical design market.
Three-dimensional printers use inkjet type technology to make solid models of machine parts and other complex shapes by “printing” them, layer by layer. Users can then test and assemble models of devices to see how well they work before making more costly components.
These printers can make a model directly from a CAD, or computer aided design software, file.
Scott Crump is chief executive officer of Stratasys. The company says it came up with the term “3D printer” when working with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in the 1990s.
Found this paper from 2011. Not inkjet but obviously HPQ knows OLED has huge potential.
Novel Method for Fabricating Flexible Active Matrix Organic Light
Emitting Diode (AMOLED) Displays
L. Zhao, H. Luo, P. Mei, J. A. Brug, F. Gomez-Pancorbo, E. Holland, W. Jackson, M. Jam,
A. Jeans, J. Maltabes, C. M. Perlov, M. Smith, S. W. Trovinger, R. E. Elder, C. P. Taussig, R. Garcia, M.
Almanza-Workman, H.-J. Kim, O. Kwon
μOLEDs, Flexible display, SAIL, Roll-to-roll
Recently, significant progress has been made toward application of organic (small molecule/polymer)
lightemitting diodes (OLEDs) in full color flat panel displays and other devices. However, current
technologies for OLEDs in the market are still very limited, especially in terms of cost, size and
flexibility. We believe fabricating OLED displays using roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing on plastic is the
way to achieve low cost, light weight and flexibility. One of big challenges for fabricating flexible OLED
displays is alignment on large area flexible substrates. We discuss here a proof-of-concept HP proprietary
solution to fabricate flexible active matrix OLED displays, which involves a process in which a
welldefined micro OLEDs (μOLEDs) frontplane is directly laminated with our R2R processed active
matrix flexible backplane built via self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) without any in-between
alignment. A proof-of-concept AMOLED device has been built, which contains a flexible μOLEDs
frontplane with OLED sizes of 50 μm on PET and active matrix backplane on polyimide with pixel
pitches of 1 mm. Such alignment-free method offers great possibility to create large area interactive
displays such as wall-paper type of displays with very low cost that no other technology today can
This is a fantastic idea! Expanding into this rapidly developing printing technology space would present an excellent opportunity to effectively re-deploy some HPQ printer R&D engineers. Buy out a couple of key 3D printer companies to get any important patents they might be missing, bring in the HPQ engineers with their know-how to brainstorm with the 3D company engineers, and you could very well end up with a rapidly growing new business.
Why? It's just another area HP knows absolutely nothing about.
It wasn't smart enough to understand the falling paper printer market. It has thousands of engineers and analysts working on paper printing and that market went 'poof'.
Now why would it have any ability in the 3D printer market?
If HP has any R&D money or people, it might want to spend it staying in the computer business.
Not in the roadmap....the focus for HP is in software and not hardware. 3D printing is a cool idea but .... there are to many innovative startups out there that can do things better and quicker. HP's best chance at coming back is to get into the mega consolidation projects ..... software focused.