Jan 8, 2015 | By Alec

Leapfrog's Creatr HS 3D printer

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (or International CES), which is currently underway (until Friday), is one of the most important events in the yearly calendar of consumer technology specialists. It features over 3600 exhibitions throughout the week, as well as countless lectures and press conferences, and 3D printing is well-represented among these. Its organisers are also expecting more than 150,000 visitors, so what would be a better place unveil exciting news?

That’s what the team behind Dutch 3D printer manufacturers Leapfrog must’ve been thinking, for chose this as the location for two exciting press conferences: one held yesterday with US printer distributor Wynit, while a second one will follow later today together with Materialise. Everyone currently in Las Vegas is invited to attend this conference, which is to be held at 10 am at the Materialise booth at Sands – 72214.

It has already been announced that this press conference will concern an exciting new partnership with 3D printing software developer Materialise, though exact details about this partnership will obviously follow at a later time.

This expected news follows a previous announcement that Leapfrog 3D Printers will also form a partnership with Ingram Micro Europe, a top supply chain service provider in Europe. About this parternship, Leapfrog’s CEO Mathijs Kossen said: ‘Getting on board with Ingram Micro as a distribution- and supply chain partner allows us to efficiently meet the enormous market demand for our products in all of Europe.’

He also hinted at the purpose of both partnerships when saying that it was a vital developed for Leapfrog, enabling them to continue to provide 3D printing solutions to different user groups. ‘We are very close with our customers in different types of markets. From engineering to schools, all users have different needs when it comes to 3D printing. This calls for customized solutions. Leapfrog 3D Printers develops these solutions and provides each user group with the right mix of 3D printing hardware, software, materials and learning tools.’

He has also said that, in this light, he was very pleased to announce a partnership with Ingram Micro Europe (and later today, Materialise): ‘In this rapidly developing industry we operate in, it is important that we remain agile. We are able to move quickly if we surround ourselves with a dreamteam of partners that are the best in their field and are as eager and quick as we are. I am very proud of the two new partnerships we are making public today.’ 

Through Ingram, Leapfrog will offer a ‘complete package of tools and solutions designed to appeal to specialized user groups including engineers, architects and schools’ throughout Europe. Kossen argued that his will allow them to meet the enormous and growing demand for 3D printing supplies. ‘We view Ingram Micro as an excellent partner considering our joint focus on vertical markets. We are confident that our 3D printing solutions will help Ingram Micro’s resellers add major value for their professional and educational clients.’

These series of press conferences suggest that Dutch 3D printing manufacturers Leapfrog are aiming to become a major player in the 3D printing market. More about these intriguing announcement will thus doubtlessly follow.


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The Leapfrog Team wrote at 1/16/2015 12:23:06 PM:

We highly regret the comment above. We are always trying to be very cautious with our precious partnerships, so it is very sad to read that the author did not experience this in the same way. We console ourselves with the fact that we have many amazing reseller partnerships all over the world.

Unhappy Leapfrog Reseller wrote at 1/14/2015 2:49:37 AM:

Having been a part of the Leapfrog re-seller network, I'd warn anyone away against buying their printers. Very poor business practices. They left our company hanging with a multiple machine order from one of our clients, they could not deliver their product in the USA as advertised due to patent infringement, they would not return phone calls to help us resolve the situation with the customer, would not give us a full refund after they could not deliver their printer in any kind of reasonable time. We spent more than three months trying to get a refund for the client. I'd warn anyone away from doing business with these guys. There are other 3D Printers such as Hyrel, Airwolf, and Makerbot with superior quality and better business ethics. Do yourself a favor and stay away from Leapfrog.

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