More than 70 Konica Minolta dealers around Australia will be able to sell 3D printers from 3D Systems, in the the first move by the company's Australian arm into 3D printing.
The printers will cover the complete range of 3D Systems products, which will be made available through Konia Minolta Australia dealers and authorised resellers, and also directly by Konica Minolta Australia.
It will be the first time a manufacturer will sell, support and service 3D Systems’ products in Australia. Konica Minolta Australia’s general manager of production sales George Fryer described 3D Systems as having the most comprehensive suite of 3D printers and services in Australia.
Konica Minolta Australia will focus on the education and manufacturing sectors, as well as architects and print bureau industries.
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.
It’s one of a number of moves by the technology channel into 3D printing in Australia over the last year-and-a-half, the most recent being major Autodesk reseller A2K Technologies offering 3D printers, starting with Makerbot and Ultimaker.
Distie Alloys also announced this year it would offer Makerbot, while Synnex announced a deal in May 2014 with 3D Systems to offer its Cube 3 home printer. Leading Edge Computers also began offering Makerbot last year.
The distribution deal follows Konica Minolta Australia’s acquisition of a Sydney and a Melbourne software integrator earlier this year.