3D Systems have announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance with Konica Minolta.
The partnership will see the 3D technology company distribute their complete range of 3D printing products through Konica Minolta's network of dealers and authorised resellers, as well as the direct sales channel.
The relationship between the two companies marks Konica Minolta as the first printer manufacturer to sell, support and service 3D printing products through the traditional printer and office equipment channel.
With this alliance, Konica Minolta will enter the rapidly emerging 3D printing market to provide its customers access to additive manufacturing solutions, complementing and expanding its product and services portfolio. Further plans include a focus on high-growth industries, such as manufacturing, industrial, healthcare and education applications.
"Our goal is to arm our nationwide, exceptional sales organisation with the cutting-edge products and services they need to grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta. "By teaming up with 3DS, the recognized industry leader, and offering the most comprehensive suite of 3D printers materials and services, we're able to do just that."
3D Systems also spoke of their excitement with the partnership, with Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer saying: "We are thrilled to be able to work with an established and experienced partner like Konica Minolta and access their nationwide network to accelerate 3D printing adoption.
"Our ability to attract world class organisations like Konica Minolta sets us apart from competitors and provides a unique opportunity to serve a wider range of customers, maintain closer relationships with them and gain insights into how to better meet their needs."
Some of the first products that Konica Minolta will resell from 3D Systems include:
- ProJet 3500 Series Professional 3D Printer - Ideal for engineering, manufacturing and mechanical environments, the ProJet 3500 Series prints high-quality, durable plastic parts with accurate and high-resolution. This printer series is ideal for rapid manufacturing, functional testing, design communication, rapid tooling and more.
- ProJet 660 Professional 3D Printer - The ProJet 660 targets consumer products, healthcare, education and other vertical market customers that are interested in printing full-colour, photo-realistic models for product design, prototypes, assemblies and color concept models.