3D printer manufacturer Robo 3D – which is headquartered in San Diego, California but listed on the Australian Securities Exchange – has signed a reseller deal with Sydney-headquartered retailer Bilby 3D.
Robo’s offerings will be distributed throughout Bilby’s sales offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a specific focus on the education sector.
“Today’s announcement is a major milestone for us and we are tremendously excited to now bring our products to Australia through Bilby 3D,” Robo 3D managing director Ryan Legudi said.
“Opening our Australian distribution has been a major strategic focus for our company, and we are extremely pleased to bring on a partner with such a strong reputation and well-developed sales and support infrastructure in the Australian market.”
Bilby 3D also agreed to minimum order quantities as part of the deal, which Legudi said was “testament to the regard they hold for Robo”.
“We have been looking for a machine that can lead the Australian classroom into a future of prototyping and innovation, with user friendly capabilities to meet the heavy demands of the classroom, all at an affordable price,” Bilby 3D chief executive Lee Bilby said.
In June, Robo’s compact C2 and high-performance R2 3D printers were awarded by the Australian Good Design Awards within its product design category.
Robo listed on the ASX in December last year, raising $6 million in its initial public offering.
“There is a great synergy between our companies’ commitment to high-quality products and service,” Bilby said.
“Robo is the first 3D printer company to have roots in Australian soil, being majority Australian owned, which means Australians can finally invest in Australian 3D technology."
Robo also announced that it is in discussions with additional distributors internationally, particularly in the United States, as well as with some resellers as it looks to expand further into targeted segments.