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.

“Students and professionals who need to prototype products and components can make immediate commercial use of the 3D printer which has one of the largest bay volumes on the market at 14 litres, allowing structures 30cm high, the fastest speed available in the market at 400mm per second, and the ability to simultaneously produce in two colours,” says Jacques van Wyk, COO of Ricoh SA.