Kemtek and Rapid 3D have recently welcomed Build Volume as a new strategic partner, marketing and promoting advanced 3D printing systems to the consumer market.

Since early 2014, Kemtek and Rapid 3D have enjoyed a successful partnership, delivering some of the most advanced 3D printers and scanners from the world’s biggest personal and professional printer manufacturers to various key players in the jewellery, packaging, education, medical and automotive fields. By focusing on service excellence and technical expertise the alliance has gone from strength to strength, so-much-so that last year a dedicated showroom was established in City Deep, adjacent to Kemtek’s Johannesburg head office, where customers can attend training workshops and open houses, as well as watch various 3D technologies being put through their paces.

Besides providing numerous solutions to the industrial sector, 3D printing also has huge potential in the consumer market and, to maximise its opportunities in this field, Rapid 3D and Kemtek have recently welcomed a third partner into the fold, Build Volume. Together, they’re combining their industry expertise to deliver the widest range of specialised, leading-edge 3D printers, 3D scanners and modelling software.

Build Volume founder, Nic Kloppers, has had a fascinating journey into the 3D market. A dynamic entrepreneur, he launched his own online scrapbooking business, Scrap-a-Doodles, in 2007. By 2010, he’d opened five franchise retail stores in the Gauteng region, securing Scrap-a-Doodles’ reputation as one of the largest local specialist suppliers of scrapbooking board, papers, cutters, binders and more.

Creating market opportunities

It was while attending various industry exhibitions that Nic first noticed the potential of 3D printing in the consumer market and, with a nose for backing a winning horse, he launched Build Volume (a term used to describe the maximum size of an object that a 3D Printer can print) in 2014, supplying affordable 3D printers for semi-professional and consumer applications such as educational toys, scale models, jewellery design, product prototypes, tools, decorative items and more.

‘3D printing is not an overnight phenomenon, in fact it has been in existence for over 20 years,’ comments Nic. ‘Naturally, industrial 3D printers come at quite a cost, so our objective behind Build Volume has always been to make 3D printing more accessible to hobbyists and promote its potential in niche market applications. To date, we’ve been highly successful and with the new alliance now firmly in place I’m confident that we can extend our value offering to a wider audience.’

Using his retail experience, Nic, together with joint MD, David Bullock, and operations manager, Donovan Vermeulen, is already creating an effective presence for Build Volume and Rapid 3D. By hosting focused open house events and creating a vivid online presence the union is building strong ties with local business owners and consumers, and with leading technologies such as 3D systems (incorporating ZCorporation, Rapidform and Geometric), Ultimaker, Blueprinter, EnvisionTec 3D, Mcor IRIS, Vialux and more, there’s a solution available for virtually any industry.

During FESPA Africa 2015, Rapid 3D and Build Volume will be showcasing the Mcor IRIS paper printer and Zortrax M200, plus various 3D print samples at the Kemtek stand. Nic, David and the team look forward to welcoming visitors, sharing their industry know-how and demonstrating why 3D printing is set to make a lasting impression.

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