Ricoh Aiming to Bring its own 3D Printers to Market in 2016
According to the news site, Jiji Press of Japan, Ricoh Company of Japan reported on September 8th that it will enter the 3D-printer market, first with its other companies’ 3D printers, and then with its own 3D printers.
Ricoh will first set up two offices in Kanagawa Prefecture by the end of September, one in Yokohama and the other in Atsugi, to sell 3D printers supplied by manufacturers such as U.S. firms Stratasys Ltd. and 3D Systems Corporation.
Ricoh will also offer prototype services, using 3D printing to create objects based on customer data.
Ricoh hopes to bring its own 3D printers to the market in 2016. The printers are expected to be priced at around 5 million yen to 20 million yen ($46,900 to $187,670) and targeting small and mid-size size businesses.
Ricoh is hoping to reach annual sales of $2.8 billion for its new 3D printers, which includes sales of its own 3D printers. It says it’ll start research and development of 3D printing based on its inkjet and other printing technologies.
Ricoh New Zealand has been marketing desktop 3D printers and scanners from Makerbot for about a year now.