Formlabs Extends Global Presence to Japan
Partnerships with Tech Co. Ltd and Brulé bring Formlabs’ stereolithography 3D printing technology to Japan.
June 18, 2015 – Formlabs (formlabs.com), a leader in professional desktop 3D printing, today announced partnerships with two Japanese technology companies in a move to expand distribution and service to Japan.
In order to offer leading sales service and customer support, Formlabs is partnering with Brulé, a leading solutions provider for high-technology products, and Tech Co. Ltd, a premier maintenance and support services company. Together, the three companies will operate a jointly-run Formlabs Customer Care Center that will ensure that Japanese customers enjoy the same high levels of customer service and after-sales care that Formlabs offers internationally.
“We knew that expanding Formlabs distribution to Japan meant really focusing on all the elements of customer service. With our new partners Tech Co. and Brulé, we are thrilled to be able to offer Japanese customers the high quality experience that Formlabs has come to represent,” says Gideon Balloch, Formlabs Asia Operations Lead.
Formlabs’ flagship desktop stereolithographic 3D printer, the Form 1+, is an award-winning tool used by engineers, designers, and artists around the world. Known for its high-resolution 3D prints, precision engineering, and sleek design, the Form 1+ has become one of the key players in desktop 3D printing, with users in the USA, Europe and Asia.
The Form 1+ package comes with a Form 1+ SLA 3D printer, resin tank, and finish kit, with a library of standard and functional resins available for purchase.
“Japan is known for pioneering cutting edge technology and consistently pushing the boundaries in manufacturing and design. This is one of the many reasons we are so excited to expand our distribution there. We excited to see how our Japanese users innovate with Formlabs products,” says Max Lobovsky, Formlabs’ co-founder.
Ken Kawamata, Managing Director of Tech Co. Ltd, says, “We are extremely proud to introduce the Form 1+ in Japan. We are certain that the printer's high resolution and surface finish will impress Japanese customers, with their strong history of advanced manufacturing and craftsmanship.”
Kento Sugimoto, Managing Director of Brulé, says, “We are excited be working with Formlabs. Brulé has specialized in bringing the best 3D printing technology to the Japan, and now we are thrilled to introduce professional-grade SLA printing to the Japanese market. The Form 1+ is the best desktop SLA 3D printer in the world, and Japanese firms are focused on design and manufacturing innovation—making this a perfect match.”
Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible digital fabrication tools for designers, engineers, and artists. It was founded by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms, and launched in 2012 in a record-breaking $3M Kickstarter campaign. Its first product, the Form 1, shipped in 2013. Learn more at formlabs.com.
About Tech Co. Ltd
Tech Co. Ltd, is a premier maintenance and support services company in Japan, with a depth of experience that extends back over four decades. Specializing in consumer electronics, the company has partnered with many major foreign and domestic manufacturers.
Brulé, founded in 2006, is the leading 3D Printing solutions provider in Japan for professionals and prosumers. In 2013, Brulé opened the first 3D Printing showroom in Japan, situated in the Greater Tokyo area which is home to more than 37 million people. Brulé offers 3D Printing products, support, solutions, installation, and training.
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