TOT’s Hunter Street showroom was a buzz with excitement this morning as we prepared for the first Konica Minolta 3D Printer Seminar to be held in our region. Chairs were lined up; the coffee machine was made ready; and the aroma of freshly baked muffins wafted through the air.
Konica Minolta’s team of 3D printing professionals, together with TOT staff, greeted the guests as they arrived. A large display of 3D printed samples drew everyone’s attention as, with freshly brewed coffee in-hand, participants took their seats in readiness for the presentation to commence.
Bob Bentley from Konica Minolta launched the presentation with a brief history of 3D printing and an overview of the various printing methods and their applications.
This was then followed by Marc Brandon showcasing the “feet on the ground” support model provided by the partnership between Konica Minolta and 3D Systems, ensuring that specialist engineers would be available to any Konica Minolta 3D Printing clients.
A short mid-morning break gave everyone a chance to inspect the samples and ask questions of Konica’s team of experts while enjoying those scrumptious muffins and another round of coffee.
3D Systems was represented by Mitchell Beness who guided the audience through a series of case studies where 3D printing has changed the business environment bringing innovation and cost savings to a number of enterprises.
By 11 am the seminar was over but the effects linger on. For while today’s presentation focused on the manufacturing possibilities it was clear to all present that the potential of this technology is far reaching. Already plans are in the works to demonstrate the wonderful advantages this technology can make to the fields of dentistry and medicine.