Konica Minolta beefs up 3D print channel

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Konica Minolta beefs up 3D print channel

Konica Minolta is stepping up its 3D printing business in Australia, hiring two additional sales staff.

The Japanese print giant is working to address the service response and finance offerings problems that 3D print resellers face by offering same-day service responses and rental and leasing options for hardware.

The revamp also includes extra warehousing, logistics and product servicing capabilities.

Konica Minolta 3D printing national manager Matthew Hunter said the renewed focus was to address the lack of nation-wide market support from print suppliers.

“Industries, such as manufacturing that have been using 3D printing since its introduction, have matured to a point where they are able to receive the desired output from these machines,” said Hunter.

“However, 3D printing is no longer limited to just these markets. Other sectors looking to leverage the technology need to ensure that what is designed on a screen is equally impressive when printed in three dimensions.

"This can be a challenge as many 3D files do not always translate well to a 3D rendered object. Konica Minolta, along with 3D Systems have the technical resources, workflows, and printers to help organisations overcome this challenge.”

Konica Minolta teamed up with specialist vendor 3D Systems to become the first manufacturer to sell, support and service 3D Systems’ products in Australia.

The printers to be offered include the ProJet 3500 Series Professional 3D Printer for engineering, manufacturing and mechanical environments, and the ProJet 660 Professional 3D Printer for consumer products, healthcare, education and other vertical markets wanting to print photo realistic models.

Datacom also made waves in the Australian 3D print market last year. The Trans-tasman IT provider partnered with distributor 3D Printing Systems and software vendor Makers Empire to offer a full 3D printing solution to primary schools.

In December, Datacom deployed a 3D printers program for 28 primary schools in South Australia.

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