The Swiss Guard is the oldest standing army (and the smallest) in the world and for five centuries they have guarded Vatican City in their colorful striped uniforms and large metal helmets. Until now, that is. This year, the Guard plans to start wearing lightweight, plastic helmets, printed by an HP 3D printer using Multi Jet Fusion technology.
“Multi Jet Fusion has moved beyond being a solution for prototyping and small-run 3D production to become a viable technology for large-scale, full-production 3D manufacturing,” says Michelle Bockman, HP’s global head of 3D printing commercial expansion and development. “The genie has left the bottle on the adoption of industrial-scale 3D production, and it keeps accelerating.”
3D printing allows all different types of industries from automotive to healthcare to consumer goods reconceptualize the way old products are made and create new, exciting — and potentially life-altering — ones.
Here is a roundup of the types of products printed by HP’s Multi Jet Fusion printers.