Kyocera and Leapfrog 3D printers' new partnership in Australia
Leapfrog and Kyocera have joined forces to offer the flagship Bolt Pro exclusively in the Australian and New Zealand markets. This partnership has been in development for a long time and the opportunity to combine the strategic networking knowledge of Kyocera with the 3D printing knowledge of Leapfrog means that the Bolt Pro will be readily available in those markets.
“Our companies have already formed a close working relationship and we are looking forward to further collaboration to support the growth plans of both companies to deliver advanced 3D technology to new and existing markets.” Mark Vella, Head of Marketing and Strategy at Kyocera Document Solutions
Kyocera will be focusing on marketing and deploying the Bolt Pro in a select few segments. These are:
- Engineering/Industrial design
3D printing is a being increasingly implemented in the education system for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows students to explore design challenges, solve design or engineering projects easily and cost-effectively. Being an industrial strength FDM printer, the Bolt Pro is the perfect device for the education system. The first benefit is the ease of use of FDM 3D printers. This is especially true for material handling. The Bolt uses a solid coil of filament that is easy to store and is relatively cheaper than other 3D printing technique materials. This is a major point that is crucial in the education system where you require safety precautions for a large student body. Furthermore, due to the lower operational costs and printer cost, the deployment of an effective 3D lab is feasible for larger educational institutions and smaller ones.
2. Engineering and Industrial Design
In order to meet engineering requirements, Leapfrog developed the Bolt Pro to be a workhorse in any department. The frame is sturdy and the printer can operate constantly, night and day to meet most deadlines. Additionally, industry-wide, new filaments are being developed to offer various properties that are required by engineers. These properties include heat resistance, toughness, flexibility and much more. One popular material that Leapfrog ensured that the Bolt Pro could print is polypropylene. This a plastic that is already being used in many industries and has many properties that make it perfect in the engineering field.
The adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing field is steadily increasing as printers become more accurate and newer materials being created. Two fields in manufacturing that 3D printing has been heavily utilised in are the automotive industry and Aeronautical industry. Leapfrog has both worked with Rolls Royce and Volkswagen to offer the Bolt Pro to solve their engineering challenges. In manufacturing, the Bolt Pro is used for rapid prototyping and internal tooling. It allows manufacturing departments to create prototypes accurately, quickly and cost-effectively. With the advancement in material science as mention before, the use of 3D printing to directly manufacture products will only be feasible as time goes on.
The use of 3D printing in Architecture is highly beneficial to the industry in a number of ways. The architectural process involves the creation of many models, many due to design reiterations. This means that usually many models are required per project. The previous method of model creation was expensive and slow and produced a lot of waste. Due to the nature of additive manufacturing, 3D printing does not produce waste when compared to other methods. Secondly, the speed of printing objects is faster than traditional methods. The benefit of other features such as printing with two materials, the complexity of objects that can be printed and the cost, 3D printing is a perfect fit for architecture.
One important area that 3D printing has had a major impact is in the healthcare system. Leapfrog already has worked with the Mackay Hospital in Queensland and we hope Kyocera will allow us to reach more health institutions. At the Mackay Hospital, the Bolt Pro is being used to print 3D image scans of patient’s broken bones. This is done to explore the feasibility of operations and also to practice the medical operation in order to ensure that patients receive the most successful outcome. This is a very important field that Leapfrog is proud to offer quick and cost-effective solutions.
Leapfrog believes this partnership will allow for the successful adoption of 3D printing in many industries in Australia. Kyocera's experience and business acumen will be a major advantage in reaching the right users that need 3D printing as a solution to their challenges. If you require any information regarding the Bolt Pro, please contact us.