Konica Minolta adds metal, carbon fibre printer to lineup

Konica Minolta Australia has added a new 3D printer to its lineup, entering a partnership with US-company Markforged to distribute its products locally.

Markforged manufactures atomic diffusion metal printers, also capable of producing composite carbon fibre 3D printers. Konica Minolta said the new products round out a portfolio that lets it address any industry application requirements and budget.

Markforged offers an end-to-end 3D printing system with a wide range of manufacturing-ready materials. The Markforged solutions rival traditional manufacturing processes in speed, quality, and cost, and expand the applications for additive manufacturing with purpose-built industrial technologies.

While 3D printing, also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, technology has been available for some time, it has only recently been hitting milestones that allow it to compete with other manufacturing processes at the industrial scale, with Australian manufacturers and designers rapidly becoming leaders with the next generation of technology.

They’re bringing composite and metal materials to market that are easy to implement and operate and are backed up by uncompromising service and support.

Eric Holtsmark, general manager of strategy, transformation and technology at Konica Minolta Australia said, “There is now a real shift in the industry from prototyping to end-use applications. With Markforged 3D printers the ability to produce affordable, strong parts in a range of exciting new materials will accelerate manufacturers speed-to-market in way never seen before, giving them a massive competitive advantage.”

Markforged Asia-Pacific vice-president Ved Narayan said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Konica Minolta to provide Australian manufacturers with the essential tools to unlock their manufacturing potential and to help build the factory of the future. Konica Minolta has the experience and skills to help Markforged provide unprecedented levels of access and support to the world’s leading manufacturing providers.”

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