Rapid 3D

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The dream of 3D printing became a reality, when in 2004, we imported our first 3D printer, a ZPrinter 310. But first, the back story.

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THE BOOTSTRAP YEARS
Pauline Bullock (MScEng -Chemical, BComm) had resigned from Systems Automation & Management 6 months previously and was managing the building of their house – boredom was starting to set in.

David Bullock (BScEng – Mechanical) was working at Clifford Engineering as manager of the Design Department and was fascinated by the power and potential in 3D technologies. During an internet research session he stumbled upon the concept of a 3D printer. This concept was way too enticing to pass by and this led to business plans and ideas around the start up of a 3D print service.

One thing lead to another with Pauline meeting with ZCorporation at the TCT show in Birmingham and came home to talk with the bank. After much convincing and education, a loan was secured and the printer was ordered.

Bryan Bullock (BTech – Mechanical) was roped in almost from day one – the appeal of new technologies and new toys being too strong to resist. For David and Bryan, Rapid 3D was an “after hours” job for a number of years.

In 2008 Bryan left his position as Maintenance Manager at Pfisterer and brought his considerable experiences, working on the floor of a large foundry, to Rapid 3D.

David joined Rapid 3D full-time in 2010.

BUILDING THE DREAM
With the arrival of the ZPrinter 310, the initial idea was to provide a 3D printing bureau service. But as events unfolded, by 2005, we had entered into an agreement with ZCorporation. A deal that would lead to Rapid 3D becoming the official distributors for 3D Systems in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Fast forward 10 years and Rapid 3D, a business founded by a family of engineers, is thriving as our strong focus on technical solutions, that make good business sense, has empowered businesses to make good on the, sometimes unpredictable, promise of 3D printing.

GO BIG OR GO HOME
It’s at this juncture, in 2014 that Rapid 3D JV (PTY) Ltd was created as a subsidiary of Kemtek Imaging Systems.

Backed and supported by Kemtek’s nationwide logistics and support infrastructure, we have been able to grow our offering in line with our vision; Professional 3D Printing solutions that make good business sense.

The ability to always offer the best solution to clients was often marred by the fact that 3D printing technology is perpetually developing across such a wide array of applications.

Different industries require different solutions. Solutions that are seldom covered by one primary equipment manufacturer. At our last count, there are 119 3D printer manufacturers.

Our partnership with Kemtek opened the doors to the resources needed to reliably represent and support proven technologies from different manufacturers. For us here at Rapid 3D, this was a great win, because the real win is for our clients.

We are now able to design professional 3D printing solutions from a much bigger palette of options.

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