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“We are doing work for some corporate
clients who are rolling out a massive
campaign – we are printing some 3D
objects to complement that.
“There are many different service
offerings for 3D accepted in the US.
Chocolatiers are already manufacturing
with 3D printing for edible chocolate
models. There are circuit boards
manufactured, unbreakable plastics for
cars and so on.”
Constantinou has firm views of where
3D printing can take his company – and
the broader printing industry if it wants to
get on board.
“3D printing will always be an integral
part of Kwik Kopy Bondi Junction, because
we have a lot of architects, construction
companies, medical companies and
corporates around the eastern suburbs. It
is one thing to go out and pitch for
business, and approach clients to embrace
this new technology, but we are not just
going out and selling 3D products. We are
offering a complete one stop solution for
businesses to let their ideas come to life.
“Part of what I am trying to achieve is
for local councils to encourage all
construction and architect companies,
when they provide their DA proposals, to
produce a 3D model that has been printed
to provide a more accurate visual
impression of the development.
“Architectural models, medical devices
and replicas, promotional products that
help to brand companies, offering
solutions to brand businesses more
imaginatively – it is a wide field,” he
While he is not predicting a future for
print based around 3D manufacturing,
Constantinou is convinced that it will be
another facet of printing that will
contribute to its ongoing viability,
alongside other new technologies that
have not yet caught a popular wave here,
like QR codes and augmented reality.
“I believe augmented reality is still at its
early stages as businesses try to understand
how this technology will help them in
their offerings, but it will grow.
“I feel 3D printing is creating new
markets for us in the printing industry.
Today we print on paper, tomorrow we
will print objects.
“Print is going to continue to grow with
many opportunities to grow with it,” he
“If you are going to be negative about
print, of course you will fail. If everyone
adopts a positive attitude to today’s print
world then people will do well.
“If you look at where we are today with
all the technology changes we have had in
the industry, it is a showcase of people
who are out there dynamically doing their
best to adapt to change in the market. We
are shifting into a whole new era of
technology that is embracing the industry
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and offering new solutions for it. People
are becoming a lot smarter and know
more about print.
“It will not be too long before a lot of
print shops have 3D printing. This is one
part of print’s future. It is not replacing
printing, it is an addition to print.”
Holistic view of print
Constantinou is under no illusions about
the immediate viability of 3D print. There
are hurdles ahead, not least the need to
build a market for it, but that challenge
only excites him more.
“I want to be a 3D expert, not a follower.
We want to be the company that really
knows about 3D print. It would be foolish
of me to predict that we can pick up lots of
work for 3D printing straight away. I have
done a lot of research. There is no
immediate real market here yet. 3D
printing is new, and it is so early in the
piece that I believe 3D is trying to find a
way forward in the industry.
“We are creating the path for it, based
on the knowledge of what we have in
printing, and the opportunities 3D
printing has here, in the US, and around
“For us it is all about that total solution,
not just turning sales. It is giving
customers the experience they need to get
them coming back again. 3D printing is
not the only thing we do, but it is one of
the things we do here. We will continue
our other services and grow them as well,
but people always ask, what is next?
“We want to be able to answer that
4. (l-r) Emmanuel
David Leong and
Ben Tan of Proz3D, in
front of the Proz3D
Project 660 3D printer
We are offering a one stop solution to
let their ideas come to life
Emmanuel Constantinou, owner and managing director, Kwik Kopy Bondi Junction
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