Integra adds 3D printers to its print service offering Working in partnership with Centrex Print Services, Integra Office Solutions
has added 3D printers and printing consumables to its service offering.
The 3D printing market is forecast to be worth over £10 billion dollars by 2021, and as the technology becomes more affordable, the sales opportunities available to dealers will increase. Integra is working with Centrex to help its members target customers and exploit the potential of this lucrative market.
A range of 3D printers and consumables are featured within both the 2016 Education Essentials programme and the 2017 Integra Catalogue programme, available exclusively to members. Members can also access email campaigns advertising their ability to supply 3D printers.
Centrex provides Integra members with a full service and support programme delivered by over 140 technology experts, technicians and call centre staff, including 70 mobile fild technicians and 40 internal bench repair engineers. It offers installation and maintenance services across mainland UK.
In addition to 3D printers, Centrex offers Integra members a unique supply and install service for HP and Lexmark compatible fuser and maintenance kits, with the opportunity to achieve margins of up to 30%.
World’s first 3D office opens
The Dubai Futures Foundation, a government initiative aimed at promoting pioneering and innovative projects and partnerships, has created the world’s fist offie building to be created using a 3D printing process.
The opening of the ‘Offie of the Future’ was attended by 50 invited guests and partners, including His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs & the Future in the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates, and Mr. Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation.
The Office of the Future, a fully functional building complete with electricity, water, telecommunications, airconditioning systems and interior design by Bene, was created over a period of 17 days on a printer six metres high and 45 metres long.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “We view this project as a reference point in the development of 3D technology, which will be of major signifiance for governments, as well as for international research and development centres. We are documenting our experiences with 3D printing over the course of the project and want to build on our experiences so that we can develop the technology even further.”
HP Inc. enters 3D printing market
HP Inc. has unveiled the world’s fist production-ready commercial 3D printing system, marking the next major step in its journey
to bring disruptive manufacturing solutions to market.
The company says that the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionises design, prototyping and manufacturing and, for the fist time, delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems.
HP is offering two new models of 3D printer – the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer for prototyping and the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer for prototyping and short-run manufacturing – and associated tools including intuitive software, an innovative
HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling, and high quality materials. Shapeways, a global 3D printing service and marketplace for consumers, is using an early prototype HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution in its Eindhoven factory, where it will be used to provide the Shapeways community with a superior quality black nylon material that will 3D print in greater detail, with a faster lead time and at a lower cost than existing dyed nylons.
Stephen Nigro, President of HP’s 3D printing business, said: “We chose to work with Shapeways because they are the leading authority in bringing creative ideas to life and are the largest consumer 3D printing portal, with 3,000 products made every day. The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will enable Shapeways to create high quality parts up to ten times faster than before for lower cost.”
Tech Data looking for 3D partners
Following its appointment as exclusive UK distributor for the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S 3D printer, Tech Data is looking to sign up partners in a multi-tiered partner programme with a sliding scale of discounts.
The £1,500 printer and its consumables are manufactured in the UK by Environmental Business Products (EBP), Europe’s largest manufacturer of inkjet cartridges, under a three-year agreement with Polaroid.
Developed for the consumer and education markets, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S is supplied with Polaroid Prep software that is claimed to make printing 3D objects almost as easy as printing a document, with full visibility of the estimated print time and fiament usage. Useful features include autocalibration; a built-in, WiFi-enabled camera; easy set-up with just 12 parameter settings; and Wood or PLA base material in a choice of nine colours.
Paperboard mould saves time and money
The two-metre Morpheus bench, shown in World Design Capital Taipei 2016 from July 9th until August 14th, was created using Highcon 3D modelling technology in a fraction of the time and for one tenth of the cost of conventional processes. From concept to completion took just three weeks, thanks in part to Highcon Rapid Layer Manufacturing technology, which created the bench’s complex mould from 4,000 sheets of paper without the need for adhesive between the layers. It took Skitza Print in Israel less than a week to create the mould on its Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine, with an actual production time of only a few hours. The mould was made from standard recycled paperboard which was then filed with concrete. Once the bench was extracted from the mould, the paper was recycled.
The UK’s first Massivit 1800 large format 3D printer has been sold by Papergraphics, sole distributor for the UK and Ireland, to graphics company Stylo. Officially unveiled at Drupa, the Massivit 1800 is the only 3D printer capable of creating bespoke 3D sculptures up to 1.8m high, 1.5m wide and up to 1.2m deep.
Its ability to print up to one foot per hour means that even large scale objects take just a few hours to produce, bringing new opportunities for the entertainment, events, retail and signage industries to produce attention-grabbing large format
Massivit 3D CEO Avner Israeli said: “For print providers, the Massivit 1800 dramatically enhances the ability to create eye-catching added-value visual communications. With recent studies suggesting that 3D advertising has fie times the stopping power and four times the staying power of 2D advertising, it is clear why this is the technology for sign and display applications.”
As sole distributor of the Massivit 1800 large format 3D printer and Dimengel 3D printing material, Papergraphics is providing customers with a full service offering, including pre- and post-sales support.