FujiFilm Australia Considering Consumer 3D Printer Market

According to Gizmag, which interviewed Fujifilm Australia’s Michael Mostyn, Fujifilm Australia  is considering entering the consumer 3D additive printing market. Mostyn discussed the idea at The Digital Show in Melbourne, where FujiFilm had a 3D additive printer from 3D Systems on display.

Mostyn discussed possibly setting up 3D printer kiosks that would be similar to photo-printing kiosks in retail outlets, and would enable consumers to create personalized 3D gifts. Customers would choose from a range of objects, and then be able to personalize them – unlike with photo-printing, however, the finished product would likely be producted offsite and the customer would have to come back to pick it up. Fujifilm has nearly 70 existing photo-printing kiosks in retail centers throughout Australia.

Gizmag also reports that Fujifilm Australia is considering selling consumers 3D additive printers itself, but hasn’t entered into any distribution agreements. Currently consumer 3D printers range in price from several thousand dollars, to a $499 3D printer from Solidood, while industrial-grade 3D additive printers for producing product prototypes and parts can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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3 Comments on “FujiFilm Australia Considering Consumer 3D Printer Market”

  1. Michael Mostyn June 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM #

    Hi I just wanted to clarify that Fujifilm in 2011 installed the 11000th kiosk in retailers thoughtout Australia. Through our retail partners around 35% of the Australian population or 8+ million people per year use the Fujifilm kiosks and online platforms. We’ve been providing personalised products for years and have well established relationships with major retailers and brand recognition with consumers. In addition to general servicing of equipment we provide technical services including instore staff training and instore consumer training days.
    Due to these long established relationships we are in a good position to be able to provide retailers the opportunity to offer their customers personalised 3D printed products through the kiosks and online platforms as well as the opportunity for students / DIYers etc etc to upload there designs on the kiosks, auto check and fix the files, choose the materials and have them produced. Initially through a centralized fulfillment centre, like we do with photo books etc. It is feasible, and being researched, that certain stores could have, for example, a Stratasys uPrint or Mojo to produce some ABS parts same day or overnight.

    Any questions please feel free to contact me
    Cheers
    Michael Mostyn

    • Robert Berkhout July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM #

      Dear Michael,
      I am interested in starting a 3 D printershop in the Netherlands. Please can je send me information about 3 D printers (cost, the raw materials, production time, etc.)
      Looking forward to your reply, Robert Berkhout

      • Terry Wirth July 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM #

        3D printing is indeed compelling and it is like a black art at this point in time. From a commercial prospective, here is an interesting primer from Wired. Hope this helps.

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