Ricoh’s First 3D Printer Now Available

Following HPs launch this week comes yet another OEM—Ricoh—to introduce its first high-end 3D printer, in Europe.

The new Ricoh AM S5500P 3D printer is said to be of strategic importance to manufacturers, particularly those in the automotive industry, as it is designed to address specific manufacturing needs and offers PA and PP materials support.

According to TonerNews and Global Manufacturing, the Ricoh AM S5500P utilizes an additive manufacturing method known as SLS. It supports a range of high function materials. Manufacturing large components and multiple parts is easy and simple, as the printer comes with a generous build size. The system contains numerous support mechanisms that contributes to its high reliability, while the printer comes with Ricoh’s own pre-configured settings for use with Ricoh approved materials. Via the systems software, the user can develop their own parameters to suit the application with access to all settings.

Peter Williams, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Europe, said: “The availability of the RICOH AM S5500P and relevant end-to-end services means that European businesses now have a single point of contact for everything related to additive manufacturing. This makes it easier for them to understand and deploy an additive manufacturing solution that can help improve their efficiency, productivity and entry to new business areas. Given the relative fragmentation of the market this is a significant development, as the printing of working parts on demand and the creation of prototypes enables businesses to meet their evolving manufacturing innovation needs.”

The Ricoh AM S5500P is available now in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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