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.