Ricoh New Zealand Now Selling MakerBot 3D Printers and 3D Scanner
Founded in 2009, MakerBot is a subsidiary of 3D printer giant Stratasys. Ricoh New Zealand joins two other “2D” printer makers, Canon and Sindoh – see 3D Systems Partners with Canon to Bring Manufacturing 3D Printers to Japan, with Sindoh to Bring Consumer 3D Printers to Korea. Hewlett-Packard is also expected to begin marketing 3D printers next year, as is Konica Minolta.
Mike Pollok, Ricoh New Zealand’s Managing Director, says this is an exciting opportunity in what is clearly a rapidly developing industry. “We are delighted to have been appointed by MakerBot to represent its products in the New Zealand market, not only because they align with our current direction and brand values, but because they are globally recognised as a leader in the sector.“
“Teaming with Ricoh New Zealand is aimed at helping us expand even more in the New Zealand market,” said Mark Schulze, vice president of sales for MakerBot. “It’s pretty exciting to be able to bring MakerBot desktop 3D printing and scanning capabilities to a whole new market across the world. We are dedicated to education about 3D printing and expanding the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem. It’s a pretty exciting time as we see more rapid adoption of 3D printing and scanning not only in the engineering, architecture and industrial space, but also with more cutting-edge consumers.”
MakerBot Replicator 2
One of the first MakerBot products available in New Zealand through Ricoh will be the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, which has been designed for use by engineers, architects, researchers, industrial designers, and hobbyists alike. The MakerBot Replicator 2 provides 100-micron layer resolution and 410 cubic-inch build volume. has a large build volume of 410 cubic inches (11.2” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H) and is optimised for printing in MakerBot PLA Filament, a bioplastic derived from corn.
Ricoh’s Marketing Manager, Murray Clark says, “The MakerBot Replicator 2 is an innovative product that is cost-effective. The MakerBot Replicator 2 allows anyone to make 3D models and creations on demand. It’s changed the rules by mainstreaming technology that was once the preserve of specialists.”
“This type of desktop 3D printing unleashes innovation across a broad range of business applications at a price point that’s wholly accessible. Now, one-off or short-run 3D printed parts and other creations are readily achievable,” says Murray.
MakerBot Digitzer Desktop 3D Scanner
The recently released MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is billed as a fast and easy way to create a 3D model. The MakerBot Digitizer takes real life objects, scans them with a camera and two lasers, and turns them into a 3D digital file. MakerBot says no design or 3D software experience is necessary.
The MakerBot Digitizer works with the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and Thingiverse, a 3D design community with more than 100,000 downloadable digital designs for printing and sharing. The MakerBot Digitizer is designed for the office, classroom, manufacturing unit, or home.
Also available is the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, which is optimised for printing in ABS filament and has dual extruders for two-color printing.
For more information, visit Ricoh New Zealand’s 3D printer page here.