HP Creating New 3D-Printing Group to Be Led by Steven Nigro

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HP’s Steve Nigro introduces HP’s first 3D printer, the MultiJet Fusion, last fall in New York city.

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly appointing Steve Nigro to oversee a new 3D printing business it’s creating after it splits into two separate businesses, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, on November 1st, according to an internal memo obtained by Fortune.

Steve Nigro is currently HP’s senior vice president of HP’s printing and imaging group.

According to the memo obtained by Fortune, Dion Weisler, who will be CEO of HP Inc., wrote, “As our first 3D printing product nears commercial availability, I’m creating a new 3D printing business group and center of excellence. With that in mind, I have asked Stephen Nigro to turn his entire focus to 3D Printing, continuing to report to me.”

HP’s Enrique Lores, who currently leads HP’s EMEA PC business, will take over Nigro’s role and lead HP’s printing group, and will report to Dion Weisler. On November 1st, HP will split into two companies, HP Inc., which will be devoted to printing and personal computing, and HP Enterprise, which will be devoted to software and solutions for large companies and enterprises.

In October 2014, HP previewed its first 3D printer, the Multi Jet Fusion  – which it says provides faster print speeds and stronger object strength and detail than competitors – and plans to release it in 2016 (see our story here).  As we reported recently, however, one challenge for HP in the 3D-printer market may be a patent-infringement lawsuit recently filed by competitor Memjet. The suit alleges that HP’s PageWide printing technology infringes on various Memjet patents. HP uses PageWide in various inkjet printers and All-in-Ones, and reportedly is planning to use it in future 3D printers.

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