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Konica Minolta’s future of 3D and manufacturing innovation showcased at Austech 2019 

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Konica Minolta recently showcased the future of 3D and manufacturing innovation at Austech 2019, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition. The show ran from Tuesday, May 14 to Friday, May 17 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Eric Holtsmark, General Manager - Strategy, Transformation and Technology, Konica Minolta, said, “3D is no doubt evolving. While for many years it has been about prototyping, there is now a real shift into producing end-use parts. 

“We are at a tipping point in the industry and those manufacturers poised to leverage the opportunities afforded by 3D technology, in being able to deliver end-use parts, will be the ones that succeed with a speed to market previously not possible. As a partner of one of the leading 3D vendors, 3D Systems, Konica Minolta is in a great position to help manufactures evolve with the technology.” 

Featured on Stand AM48 was the latest technology, demonstrating how additive manufacturing can benefit manufacturers including: 

  • - 3D Systems Figure 4. An affordable, scalable, fast, and highly accurate 3D printer, with production-grade materials that have been developed for production end-use applications. With its capability to produce high speed end-use durable plastic parts, it is aimed at not only producing rapid functional prototypes, but also short run production plastic articles, to replace traditional end use processes such as moulding, cast urethane, and injection moulding.
  • - 3D Systems ProJet 2500. The ProJet 2500 offers highly-precise true-to-CAD parts, with a wide range of materials from ridged plastics, elastomeric, and casting waxes, across a wide variety of applications. The ProJet 2500’s professional part quality offers superior surface finishes and high-edge fidelity for not only prototyping but functional testing, and augmented manufacturing processes such as sort run injection moulding tools and investment casting.
  • - MiRHook200. A user-friendly and efficient mobile robot for fully automated pick-up and towing of carts in production, logistics, and healthcare environments.
  • - Virtual reality (VR) experience. 3D Systems D2P (DICOM to PRINT) is a stand-alone modular software package that is designed to address and consolidate 3D data from CT scan and DICOM for the fast and simple conversion into VR, and print-ready 3D files. It is used by medical professionals for preoperative surgical planning, and the printing of patient communication and surgical planning models.

Konica Minolta also ran four insightful 30 minute on-stand presentations: 

  • - Session 1 
    3D printed orthoticsA review of the software and processes required for manufacturing orthotics, splints, and braces using additive manufacturing.
  • - Session 2 
    Lightweighting and latticing: Harnessing the power of a design and manufacturing technique only possible with additive manufacturing for radical product improvement to give business a competitive edge.
  • - Session 3 
    Declutter and consolidationThe many ways in which the redesign of products for removal of excess assembled components can radically change an entire business model for the better.
  • - Session 4 
    3D Printed Electric GuitarA review of the software and processes used to create a fully functional electric guitar using additive manufacturing.

For more information, visit Konica Minolta 

 



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