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New futures pioneered
by 3D printers
New futures pioneered by 3D printers

New techniques accelerate manufacturing

3D printer usage possibilities expand from prototype manufacture to mass production

In their manufacturing of prototypes, product development personnel were for a long time faced with problems such as prototypes costing too much and taking too long to produce. However, design and development speed has been greatly accelerated by the spread of additive manufacturing (AM) in which 3D printers are used to quickly give form to materials (resin, etc.) on demand. Furthermore, the range of materials that can be handled has greatly expanded (to include nylon, metal, etc.) so 3D printers have now come to be used for not only prototype manufacture but also production of actual products in fields such as automobiles, medical products, and consumer goods. Compared to traditional methods such as metal molding and cutting, 3D printers offer a high degree of flexibility and are also suited to small-lot production. For these reasons they are expanding the possibilities available for new kinds of “monozukuri” (product creation), such as the manufacturing of order-made medical devices tailored to the patient’s own body.

Providing the best products and services for the era and customer needs

Ricoh has long been committed to “giving form to the output image.” Supported by veteran engineers who have worked for years on Ricoh’s own “monozukuri” (product creation), our 3D printer output service can handle the creation of a variety of forms using a diverse range of materials. To give form to the customer’s image, we provide everything from design support to manufacturing knowhow. We will help you create a new manufacturing future by making your product development faster and more efficient and by enabling you to make improvements with respect to manufacturing problems such as personnel shortages and facility size reductions.

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Ricoh’s technology and services help customers lead the way as the market rapidly moves toward additive manufacturing and 3D production.

Changing the face of Japanese manufacturing

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Changing the face of Japanese manufacturing

Why companies around the nation are lining up in droves for Ricoh’s 3D printing service