Thursday, 27th November 2014
A throng of visitors converged on Kemtek’s Johannesburg head office recently to attend a special two-day open house showcasing advanced 3D printing technologies from 3D Systems, Envision Tec 3D, Blueprinter and Mcortechnologies, plus a range of leading-edge 3D scanning systems. Hosted by Kemtek and new joint venture partner, Rapid 3D, the event was an overwhelming success.
‘More than two hundred guests grabbed the opportunity to gain up-to-the-minute advice and information on 3D printing and learn more about the value-added benefits it can provide,’ comments Dave Bullock, co-owner of Rapid 3D. ‘We’re delighted by the enthusiastic response we received and look forward to assisting various business owners in boosting their current product offering in the fast-changing printing and packaging arena.’
Five 3D printing stations were in action at the newly-established demonstration centre in City Deep, including the Envisiontec Desktop XL 3D printer, with digital light processing technology that produces high-quality models in various materials; a 3D Systems ZPrinter 450 that creates affordable colour 3D models; a CubeX desktop unit, capable of printing parts as large as a basketball; and a 3D Systems Projet 1200, an entry- level system for jewellery and dental applications. Also on show, and ideal for first-time users at home, in the classroom or office, were the UP! Mini and UP! Plus 2 3D printers.
Scanning technology demonstrations were carried out on an Artec Eva 3D Scanner, which provides quick, full colour, textured and accurate 3D scans, and the Vialux ZSnapper 3D Scanner – a high resolution 3D scanner for reverse engineering applications.
‘3D printing and scanning has been available for many years, and is already widely used in the education, medical, industrial, automotive, footwear and jewellery sectors. However, it’s still a relatively new concept in the local market,’ adds Dave. ‘To discover its true long-term benefits, business owners want to be reliably informed on the various systems and materials available and given the right advice on their uses and benefits. Matching the ideal system to suit individual business needs is critical and our Rapid 3D and Kemtek team can provide expert advice and support on all models, from entry-level machines to high-end industrial production systems,’ he continues. ‘During our special two-day open house we were able to offer a snapshot of the international ranges available from Rapid 3D and Kemtek and provide a basic introduction to the world of 3D printing. Several attendees were eager to get going immediately and our technical sales team has received several orders following the focus event.’
For those not yet ready to take the plunge with their own system, Kemtek and Rapid 3D can offer a comprehensive bureau service, applying their technical expertise to take a project from design right through to prototype/functional part.
Focused training sessions will also be scheduled during 2015, for customers looking to gain a broader knowledge of 3D printing and scanning techniques and material applications.
For more information, visit www.kemtek.co.za or www.rapid3d.co.za.
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