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Konica Minolta eyes ‘exploding’ 3D market

Thursday, 14 April 2016
By Print 21 Online Article

'We hope to drive the already rapid uptake': Mathew Hunter, national manager, 3D printing, Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Australia is adding more staff and resources to cope with its expanding 3D printing business in the local market.

“With demand and interest in 3D printing exploding at the moment, Konica Minolta expects to see strong growth over the coming year,” said Matthew Hunter, national manager 3D Printing, Konica Minolta. “We expect to be putting even more resources into our 3D printing business as this demand occurs.”

Konica Minolta has now appointed additional regional sales specialists to the 3D printing business, along with extra warehousing, logistics, and product servicing capabilities.

Since signing a local distribution agreement last year with 3D Systems, a global leader in 3D printing technology, Konica Minolta has addressed several challenges in the local 3D market, especially a lack of nation-wide market support from 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 has for years built up its support infrastructure for the printing industry,” Hunter said. “Now, the Australian 3D printing market will also have access to the same level of assurance the printing industry has.

“With Konica Minolta’s service, support and logistics capabilities, consumables replenishment infrastructure, along with rental and operating lease options, we hope to help drive the already rapid uptake of 3D printing in the local market.”






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