Ricoh have announced a new partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers that will see Ricoh become the official reseller of the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D Printer, along with other models in Europe from January 2015.
As part of the agreement, Ricoh will provide a complete package of support for customers around the Leapfrog 3D printers, including the ability to add 3D printers to existing Ricoh imaging print service contract.
The partnership will initially be available to customers in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK, with wider availability across Europe during 2015.
Ricoh and Leapfrog 3D Printers will initially focus on customers in the education sector, expanding to support customers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors over time.
Leapfrog 3D Printers already provide educational 3D print packages and curriculum materials, while Ricoh offers tailored print installation, management, training and support contracts.
Olivier Vriesendorp, Director, Product Marketing, Ricoh Europe commented, "This partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers combines its award-winning range of 3D printers with Ricoh’s strengths in the education sector providing comprehensive service, from IT services to consultation, installation, training and support, to help customers apply 3D printing technology in their organisation.
"As customer demand for 3D print steadily increases, we will continue to evolve our products and services to meet their needs."
Mathijs Kossen, CEO of Leapfrog 3D Printers said: “Ricoh Europe shares our mission of adding real value for businesses and schools by providing them with a combination of the right tools and services.
"Besides high quality 3D printers, we also offer complete solutions that provide a customised mix of 3D printing hardware, software, print materials, and learning platforms to different user groups. I am very pleased that Ricoh will now add their state-of-the-art support and training services to this mix.”
Both Ricoh and Leapfrog 3D Printers will be exhibiting at the Bett Show at Excel, London.