3D Scanners

Goliath HP buys David to boost 3D printing effort

HP is looking to 3D printing in a big way and has bought the 3D assets of David Vision Systems GmbH.

HP recently launched the potentially game changing Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer that could actually turn the manufacturing dream behind 3D printing into a reality. Now it is clearly fully committed to the industry.
The company that was once the world’s biggest inkjet printer supplier is showing serious signs of intent in the 3D world and the competition has a right to be concerned.

Scanning is just part of the puzzle

With the 3D scanning market alone estimated at $7 billion, HP is obviously looking to build on David’s success. It is also one step closer to an all-in-one scanning and printing solution that could eventually give us a 3D photocopier in our home. Sprout is already heading that way with a design tablet produced by the overhead unit.

HP words it all differently, saying it strengthens the company’s ability to produce an ‘end-to-end 3D ecosystem, from creation, to the 3D on-ramp to the 3D print off-ramp via HP’s Jet Fusion Solution’.

HP Jet Fusion and Sprout, a winning combo?

This technology is crucial

The multinational tech giant believes that David’s scanning, stitching and fusing solutions are worth the investment. Effectively the hardware and software combination allows for a great deal of auto calibration, which is essential for the general public and will also help HP roll out a number of new products in healthcare, design, research and education.

Sprout 3D Capture should move forward in a big way and HP will take on the dedicated team at David, which will enrich their whole ethos when it comes to 3D scanning and software development. David have done great things on a smaller budget. With HP’s resources, they could really move mountains.

Who is David?


DAVID Vision Systems GmbH, located in Koblenz and Braunschweig – Germany, was founded at the beginning of 2009 as a spin-off company of the Institute for Robotics and Process Control at TU-Braunschweig. They develop hardware and software solutions for optical 3d surface acquisition. Their focus is on inexpensive, flexible solutions – the best examples are their 3D Scanners.

In addition to the 3D Scanners, they offer accessories such as high-quality cameras or projectors at fair prices.

The roots of our small but experienced software team lie within the fields of robotics, digital image analysis and 3D data processing. Our application software undergoes continual improvement: we increase its functional range and simplify its user interface constantly. We also create adaptations of our software to meet individual requirements – adopted user interface, special features, interfaces to your system, etc.