Print distributor, Alloys has added 3D desktop printer, MakerBot, to its product arsenal.
The appointment sees MakerBot expanding its reach into the Australian market place with Alloys providing localised product training and support.
Alloys CEO, Paul Harman, said the partnership with MakerBot provides a solid starting point to grow the 3D printing market in Australia.
MakerBot general manager of the Americas and emerging markets, Mark Schulze, said appointing Alloys will help expand its local presence.
“Alloys has 30 plus years of experience in technology distribution and has close connections to the education, design and engineering vertical markets that align with MakerBot’s core customers,” he said. “This approach is exactly the kind of mindset we were looking for to help us make further headway into the Australian market.”
MakerBot already has customers in Australia that span across engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers.
Melbourne-based design firm Chijoff+Co recently 3D printed 80 prototypes of a new product on its MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer before taking the next step and producing the final prototype in a high-tech polymer.
Its founder Michael Chijoff said that having access to 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2 saved the firm approximately three months in the design process and close to $10,000 in prototyping costs just with the ability to 3D print in-house.
Alloys will distribute MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, which include Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, Replicator Z18 3D Printer and Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. In addition, Alloys will offer the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, PLA and ABS Filaments, and other printing accessories.
To introduce the new range, Alloys will be showcasing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products to new resellers throughout March with presentations, product demos and networking opportunities across its showrooms in Melbourne (March 5); Brisbane (March 10); Sydney (March 12) and Adelaide (March 19).