Ricoh SA is making the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer available in South Africa and providing full consumable materials, maintenance and support locally for the product.

The company expects initial uptake in South Africa to be strong in the education and architecture verticals with significant interest from smaller engineering firms.

Leapfrog’s Creatr HS is an award-winning device and the local support from Ricoh extends an international agreement Ricoh has with Leapfrog. Customers will, consequently, be able to add 3D printers to existing Ricoh imaging print service contracts.

The R50 000 bundle offered direct from Ricoh SA or any of its nationwide authorised distributors includes all equipment and consumables necessary to begin printing, from the printer itself to four filaments of consumable material, flash drives, and the software to create and convert models, which are also downloadable from the Web.

Ricoh already has an established 3D print head development and manufacturing operation, and acts as an OEM for a number of 3D printer manufacturers. It also has a number of technologies in prototyping and moulding, in addition to its accumulated experience utilising 3D printers for its own product design processes over the past 20 years.