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Canon announces partnership with 3D Systems

Canon have announced that they are to partner with 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D printing technology.

The distribution agreement between the two companies will see Canon market, sell and support the advanced manufacturing 3D printers from 3D Systems.  Canon will distribute  the ProJet 1200, 3500, 4500, 6000 and 7000 series across the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling the models out across Europe.

Customers will benefit from the partnership, giving users access to the advanced 3D technology from 3D Systems, as well as service and support from Canon.

The partnership with 3D Systems, which is Canon’s first foray into 3D printing in the UK and Ireland, is part of the ongoing growth strategy of expansion into new technology that delivers value to customers.

The focus for both Canon and 3D Systems when it comes to the 3D printers is prototyping for rapid product development, across industries such as engineering, architecture and manufacturing.

Jeppe Frandsen, head of Production Printing Group, Canon Europe, says: “At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers. It’s clear that, because of the potential business benefits it can deliver, 3D printing is one such opportunity.

“Not only does this add to an extensive technology portfolio that few can match, but we also believe we can deliver an exceptional sales and service experience to fully support our customers in this innovative and dynamic area of the market.”

Frandsen continues: “This partnership, together with Canon’s own significant investment in R&D, reflects both our long term commitment to 3D printing and our ongoing dedication to deliver advanced technology and support to our customers to help them improve the performance and profitability of their businesses.”

“We are excited to team up with a proven and experienced partner like Canon Europe to expand our distribution across the UK and Ireland,” says Michele Marchesan, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, 3D Systems.

“Canon is a trusted provider of industry solutions with strong service and support, and we are thrilled to extend our advanced 3D printing technology to a wider range of customers and applications.”

Canon will begin to sell 3D printers from 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing portfolio from March onwards.

Free AirPrint upgrade for Xerox ColorQube Printers

Xerox ColorQube Solid Ink Printers are some of the best devices around for those businesses wanting exceptional quality, cost-effective prints that are easy on the environment.

Using innovative Xerox Solid Ink technology, Xerox’s ColorQube devices really are the ideal office machine.  However, they have been improved even further still, with Xerox releasing a free firmware upgrade, which gives the printers built-in Apple AirPrint compatibility.

The firmware upgrade is available for both the Xerox ColorQube 8580 and the Xerox ColorQube 8880, adding the flexibility of simple mobile printing.

With Apple AirPrint, it’s easy to print documents and images from your iOS and OS X apps.  All you have to do is select your Xerox ColorQube printer on your network to print straight from your iPhone or iPad.

You can download the firmware upgrade for the Xerox ColorQube 8580 and Xerox ColorQube 8880 here.

 

If you want to know more about Apple AirPrint, check out our video below:

Amazon to patent 3D Printing delivery trucks?

3d printing delivery truckIt’s no secret that large companies across the world are considering how they can successfully enter the world of 3D printing – and Amazon are no different after they filed a patent, which outlined their plan to offer 3D printing on demand via mobile manufacturing hubs.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published Amazon’s patent filing, which will allow the online retailer to offer 3D-printed products on demand to their customer.

The potential service will see customers order items to be printed and shipped, with some orders printed by a 3D printing delivery truck that will take it straight to the customer.

Amazon have said that the addition of 3D printers would save money, as it would negate the need for the company to import items and store them in warehouses.  Not only that, but it would also result in orders getting to the customer much faster.

“Increased space to store additional inventory may raise costs for the electronic marketplace. Additionally, time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated,” Amazon explained in their patent application.

“Accordingly, an electronic marketplace may find it desirable to decrease the amount of warehouse or inventory storage space needed, to reduce the amount of time consumed between receiving an order and delivering the item to the customer, or both.”

It seems that Amazon could well be offering 3D printing on delivery trucks – would this be a service you would use?

VIDEO: Review of the OKI B401d Mono LED Printer

oki b401dA reliable workhorse of a printer is a vital part part of any office, though they are particularly valued by small or home businesses that need a consistent, affordable device.  The OKI B401d Mono LED Printer is one printer that comes under this category, so why not check out our video review?

The OKI B401d is a fast, compact mono LED printer that delivers a performance you can rely on, which explains why it is such a popular choice with small businesses.

Coming network-ready, the OKI B401d packs impressive speeds of 29 pages per minute, with a first page out coming in just 5.5 seconds, making it ideal for printing both small and large jobs.

The print quality on the OKI B401d is outstanding, too, with sharp, accurate prints delivered consistently on a wide range of media.  This OKI printer is very flexible when it comes to different types of paper, with sizes from A6 to A4 and card stock up to 163gsm.

As well as an impressive performance and print quality, the OKI B401d is cost-effective and eco-friendly.  There’s optional high-yield toners to bring print costs down, while the Auto Power Off function automatically switches off the device when it’s not being used for extended periods.  Energy consumption is reduced significantly with the built-in Eco mode, too.

If you want to know what you get with the OKI B401d, check out our unboxing video here.

Check out our OKI B401d review below:

VIDEO: Unboxing the OKI B401d Mono LED Printer

A basic mono printer that simply gets the job done is always welcome in any office – every business needs a reliable workhorse.  The OKI B401d Mono LED Printer is one device that fits the description, which is why we’ve put together a short unboxing video.

In the video, we show you exactly what to expect in the box with the OKI B401d Mono LED Printer.  While we’re on this topic, it’s worth bearing in mind that the device does not come with a USB cable, however, there’s no need to worry as we stock USB cables of various lengths at Printerbase – check out the product page here.

We also let you know where you can find the all-important serial number for the OKI B401d Mono LED Printer, so make sure you take note of this as it’ll allow you to register your machine.

Check out our OKI B401d Mono LED Printer unboxing video below:

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