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Konica Minolta boosts 3D portfolio with Markforged deal

Konica Minolta says its new partnership with US-based 3D printing technology manufacturer Markforged will equip Australia with next-generation tools to manufacture “the factories of the future.” 

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    Markforged X5 Industrial 3D Printer
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          "A real shift in the industry":
      Konica Minolta's Eric Holtsmark

“With an already impressive range of 3D Systems’ printers in its portfolio, Konica Minolta Australia, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, has announced a partnership with Markforged, a leading provider of atomic diffusion metal printers and composite carbon fibre 3D printers,” says a KM media release. “This rounds out an impressive portfolio that lets Konica Minolta address any industry application requirements and budget.” 

Markforged, based in Massachusetts, makes industrial 3D printers for manufacturing and factory floors that print metal, carbon fibre, stainless steel, fiberglass, and more.

“There is now a real shift in the industry from prototyping to end-use applications,” said Eric Holtsmark, general manager – strategy, transformation and technology, Konica Minolta Australia. “With Markforged 3D printers, the ability to produce affordable, strong parts in a range of exciting new materials will accelerate manufacturers speed-to-market in way never seen before, giving them a massive competitive advantage.” 

Markforged offers an end-to-end 3D printing system with a wide range of manufacturing-ready materials. The Markforged solutions rival traditional manufacturing processes in speed, quality, and cost, and expand the applications for additive manufacturing with purpose-built industrial technologies, says Konica Minolta.

“In today’s global market, Australian manufacturers and designers are rapidly becoming leaders with the next generation of additive technologies. They’re bringing composite and metal materials to market that are easy to implement and operate and are backed up by uncompromising service and support. 

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  A Markforged print head

 “Adding Markforged to Konica Minolta’s 3D line-up extends its industry-leading capability in delivering high-performance, advanced 3D printing solutions to Australian innovators in many industries including: manufacturing, aerospace, engineering, automotive, medical, and universities. These industries will have unprecedented access to both groundbreaking technology and essential fundamental infrastructure.” 

Ved Narayan, Vice President, APAC, Markforged, said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Konica Minolta to provide Australian manufacturers with the essential tools to unlock their manufacturing potential and to help build the factory of the future. Konica Minolta has the experience and skills to help Markforged provide unprecedented levels of access and support to the world’s leading manufacturing providers.”