Fujifilm will be showcasing 3D printing technology at The Digital Show, with potential for retailers to offer 3D printing ‘in the near future’.
Michael Mostyn, Fujifilm key account manager, Commercial Division, said this would provide a business opportunity that would enable retailers to customise products such as jewellery, toys and interior decor for consumers.
‘Fujifilm is also looking to make 3D printers available for consumer purchase from retailers in the near future, enabling the family and do-it-yourself enthusiasts to produce low cost, high quality finished parts for their projects at home.’
“However, consumer printers would not have the capacity to produce all of the customised 3D products that would be available in-store through kiosks or online,’ Mr Mostyn said.
‘Although 3D printing has been around since the 80s, the technology has only recently emerged from speciality prototyping markets,’ he said.
‘The principle of 3D printing is similar to ink-jet printing which uses inks applied as droplets onto paper in thin layers in two dimensions.
The 3D printer on display at The Digital Show deposits plastic layer by layer to form the object. Various plastics are used in place of different colour inks to produce the desired object.
‘In a retail environment, a customer could use a kiosk to create their customised 3D product from a range of customisable designs or even a photograph, place their order with the retailer and then return to the store at a later time to pick up the product,’ Mr Mostyn said.