Company showcasing 3D printing services

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a 3D-printed bust of themselves and enter a ping pong tournament that will be played with 3D-printed balls and paddles at an open house Thursday and Friday at Central 3D Systems, a Waukesha distributor of 3D printers.

Central 3D Systems, which is affiliated with office equipment distributor Central Office Systems, in May began selling equipment made by 3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina. The printers layer ultrathin sheets of plastic, metal or other materials to make an object.

While there have been early adopters, the 3D printing marketplace is still in its infancy, said Chris Rosecky, president of Central 3D Systems. But companies that have embraced, or are planning to embrace, the technology will be ahead of their competition, he said.

“It’s going to go from being a competitive advantage to being a competitive necessity,” Rosecky said.

The event is open to the public, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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