Australian manufacturers to get a glimpse of the future at National Manufacturing Week

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Australian manufacturers will be given the opportunity to see Konica Minolta’s revolutionary technology at National Manufacturing Week, from May 9-12 in Sydney. 

In an Australian-first preview, Konica Minolta will be showcasing a new, high-speed digital moulding system that it believes will redefine manufacturing by accelerating production, automating manufacturing processes and delivering flexible and scalable production.

Developed in partnership with 3D SYSTEMS, the new Figure 4 Standalone system is part of a wider family of Figure 4 technologies that deliver the industry’s first scalable, modular, fully-integrated 3D printing platform with ultra-fast speed, enabling throughput improvement up to 15 times and up to 20% lower parts cost.

Marc Brandon, 3D and Robotics Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta, said this new wave of technologies will enable Australian manufacturers to accelerate their operations and reshape their businesses.

“These technologies – spanning additive manufacturing, material sciences, software, and robotics – are advancing and intersecting at such a rapid rate that they are for the first time, a reality for industry-leading organisations,” he stated.

Matthew Hunter, National Manager 3D, Konica Minolta has invited innovative manufacturers to experience a first look at these emerging technologies.

“Konica Minolta is already engaging with industry and organisations that are willing to partner with us in bringing this and other additive manufacturing production systems to the market,” he continued.

“By working together, we can expedite its arrival, while leveraging Konica Minolta’s industry leading support capabilities, to the benefit of all manufacturers in Australia.”

In addition to the new Figure 4 system, Konica’s stand at National Manufacturing Week will exhibit the 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer which was recently installed at Victorian-based engineering company, Amiga Engineering.

Michael Bourchier, General Manager of Amiga Engineering and DMP Additive Manufacturing service bureau  said the company was closely following the growth of this technology and decided it was time to take the plunge into this concept area to grow it and expand the business.

“We have seen great traction in a short amount of time with customers and prospects in industries such as medical, dental, aerospace, and motorsports,” he said.

“This will help advance the industry as a whole by creating use cases and applications for the technology.”

Also as an exclusive preview for the Australian market will be the 3D SYSTEMS FabPro 1000, an entry-level industrial 3D printer ideal for engineering and jewellery production, capable of producing high-quality parts with lightning speed, remarkably low operating costs, and unsurpassed ease of use.

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