At GITEX this year power retailer Jacky’s Electronics introduced Jacky’s Business Solutions LLC, an end-to-end solutions provider for major corporations seeking efficient and effective visitor management, banking and graphics solutions. One of the more novel solutions on offer is 3D printing, having partnered with industry-leader Stratasys to provide varying levels of 3D printers, depending on requirements.
Commenting on 3D printing, Ashish Panjabi, COO Jacky’s Electronics, commented that commercial 3D printing would be the company’s first line of focus, with eventually a consumer / prosumer line also being available. “What we found is that in certain sectors like dental for example, there has been a lot of 3D content that has been readily available. A lot of dentists are using 3D scanners instead of plastic moulds as an example, so this is something we want to look at. We’re playing around with plastic ABS materials that come in a variety of colors and textures, as well as strengths and properties. The beauty is that with some of these printers you can actually combine these materials to create new and unique materials for your projects.”
“This works great as a prototyping device – for a lot of people in manufacturing and design, R&D and manufacturing are usually on opposite sides of the globe. So 3D printing is great to produce prototypes of design, because it gives you the speed of doing things in-house, the security of keeping what you’re designing as confidential, especially in the tech industry.”
3D printers currently range from $10,000 for a printer that can print one kind of material, all the way up to a multi-material printer that sits at around $350,000.