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Imagining the ultimate office aid: Ricoh Malaysia contest

AvantiKumar | March 30, 2015
A two-month nationwide search among Malaysian companies and individuals is part of a move to drive 3D printing benefits across industry sectors, said Ricoh's Peter Wee.

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Photo - (From left) Wai Hoong, 2nd Runner Up of the Corporate category; Fabian Khaw, 1st Runner Up of the Corporate category; Tan Yi Xuan, 2nd Runner Up of the Individual category; Winnie Lim, Marketing Manager of Ricoh Malaysia; Gan YuHan, Director of iMakerzone (Official Imagine 3D Contest Collaborator); Peter Wee, Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Malaysia; Ms Ricoh (Brand ambassador); Ew Chee Guan, Grand Winner of the Individual category; Alwin Wong, Grand Winner of the Corporate category; and Tan Kin Seng, 1st Runner Up of the Individual category.


A two-month nationwide search by Ricoh Malaysia for the idyllic office aid, which is then made a reality with 3D printing, is part of a move to drive 3D printing benefits across different industry sectors, said the digital imaging and solutions firm.

Themed 'Imagine Functionality: The Perfect Office Aid', the competition, which accepted ideas from both companies and individuals, has attracted impressive and thoughtful designs, said Ricoh Malaysia's chief operating officer Peter Wee during the grand finale in Kuala Lumpur.

"The decision proved to be a nail-biting one for the judges," said Wee. "The results of the competition have been nothing less than encouraging to see that we are able to provide an avenue to champion the power of imagination and creativity of local Malaysians, across both the individual and corporate levels, to be a designer or a creator of their own visions - all this made possible through our partnership with desktop 3D printing leaders, MakerBot."

The Grand winner for the Corporate Category, Alwin Wong of MyChiro presented a "Dispenser Pin Tack" design, which required a "gentle shake to the mechanism to expel the pin tacks safely; it also doubles as a stationary holder."

Other winners include:
- Individual category: Ew Chee Guan for "Desktop USB Ioniser" idea, a four-in-one office aid that offers an ioniser, penholder, SD cardholder, and a USB port,
- People's Choice Imagine 3D category: Fabian Khaw, from Akademi Usahawan Mikro, presented a 24-hour Facebook flash vote that took place on the Ricoh Malaysia Facebook site.

 3D printing across industry

Wee said Ricoh and MakerBot intended to drive 3D printing technology forward to benefit different industry sectors.  "The global 3D printing market has been forecasted to mature at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.6 percent by 2020 according to analysts. In Malaysia itself, the industry is still at its infancy, however, the various vertical industries are beginning to accept and understand that 3D printing is undeniably a major game-changer for the development of the nation's market."

"With its defined ease of use, quality, and reliability to produce a wide range of forms, colours as well as textures with incredible customisation, 3D printing is set to revolutionise the local market in the years to come," he said.

Makerbot used 3D printing to produce the top 10 submissions, which were on display at the grande finale. In addition, the competition was also made possible by partnership with 3D industry experts from Malaysian 3D design and printing firm iMakerzone, who also formed part of the judging panel, said Wee.

Founded in 2009, MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., provides desktop 3D printers to customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers.


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