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2017-10-31

Ricoh Sverige AB: Ricoh to launch new material for high speed 3D printer at formnext

Company first to develop polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for SLS®
machine

Ricoh Europe, London, 27 October 2017 - Ricoh
(http://www.ricoh-europe.com/) is launching a new material for its
SLS® RICOH AM S5500P
(https://www.ricoh-europe.com/products/3d-printers/am-s5500p.html) 3D
printer to give customers access to a broader range of applications.

PBT is a high strength, heat resistant material. Its compatibility
with Ricoh's first branded 3D printer meets the growing demands of
Additive Manufacturing (AM) innovators for lighter components, faster
production time and lower cost of prototyping. The application range
of PBT includes parts for electrical components ranging from
automotive motors to bathroom furnishings. The target material
properties of PBT for SLS machines is to have similar properties as
injection molding.

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The RICOH AM S5500P high speed 3D printer.

PBT samples will be displayed by Ricoh during formnext - the
international exhibition and conference on the next generation of
manufacturing technologies. Ricoh's AM experts will be at Hall 3.0,
stand D20 throughout
(http://events.ricoh-europe.com/formnext2017)the event, which takes
place at the Messe Frankfurt, Germany from 14-17 November.

The material will be made available to Ricoh customers by mid-2018.

Greg Plowman, Director of Ricoh Europe's European Additive
Manufacturing Business Group said: "A long and successful future for
the AM market is intrinsically linked to regular advances in material
sciences. PBT is an important material. It is high strength, heat
resistant and maintains its shape during the forming process.
Crucially, it enables part producers to remain close to intended
manufacturing specifications".

Get your free ticket to formnext

Ricoh is offering a limited number of free tickets to formnext. Go to
events.ricoh-europe.com/formnext2017 to register. Visitors to the
Ricoh stand at the event can also enter a draw for a chance to win a
Ricoh THETA V camera - with one being given away each day of the
event.

For more information visit www.ricoh-europe.com/3d-printing.

For further press information, please contact:

Ricoh Europe PLC
Jack Gibson
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3033 3766

E-mail: press@ricoh-europe.com

Homepage: www.ricoh-europe.com
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About Ricoh
Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies
and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80
years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of
document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial
printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200
countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2017, Ricoh
Group had worldwide sales of 2,028 billion yen (approx. 18.2 billion
USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh-europe.com

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