Having implemented 3D printers in its own product design process, Ricoh is the prime candidate for providing a comprehensive service to Leapfrog customers in the form of IT services, installation, training and support.
This is the second collaboration in the space of a month for the Netherland’s based 3D printing company who recently joined forces with Materialise, known for their expertise in build processors, to create the Leapfrog Builder slicer software for the Leapfrog Creatr HS.
The focus of this latest affiliation will initially be on the education sector with both companies well versed in working with education institutions to deliver cutting edge technology, services, training and drive innovation across STEM and design subjects. Eventually the two will expand their efforts to support customers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
"As 3D printer capabilities develop, Ricoh customers are beginning to evaluate the role that this potentially game-changing technology can play in their organisations,” Olivier Vriesendorp, director, product marketing, Ricoh Europe commented. “Today’s announcement underlines Ricoh’s next step in the development of Ricoh’s 3D printing business in Europe. As customer demand for 3D print steadily increases, we will continue to evolve our products and services to meet their needs."
Back in September, Ricoh launched a new additive manufacturing initiative which included the opening of two “Rapid Fab” facilities in Japan offering 3D print services to customers and R&D.
Mathijs Kossen, CEO of Leapfrog 3D Printers added: “Ricoh shares our mission of adding real value for businesses and schools by providing them with a combination of the right tools and services.
“I am very pleased that Ricoh will now add their state-of-the-art support and training services to this mix.”
Today both companies can be seen exhibiting at the Bett show at Excel, London along with the Creatr HS product.