Petaling Jaya, 30 September, 2015 - Ricoh Malaysia has announced a collaboration with Mr. Ew Chee Guan, local representative of E-Nable, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) consisting of a global network of volunteers who use 3D printing to lend the world a literal helping hand. The partnership will see the leader in total office and business solutions donate RM10,000 towards the production of over 60 units of 3D prosthetic hands for needy children across Malaysia.
The association between the two entities emerged after Mr. Ew Chee Guan won the Ricoh Malaysia's Imagine 3D Contest earlier this year. His Desktop USB ionizer design, bagged first prize in the contest's Individual Category. Mr. Ew's winning entry, a four-in-one office aid, quadruples as a pen holder, a SD card holder, a USB port and an ionizer to help regulate a healthy workplace desktop environment.
However, it was another hobby of Mr. Ew's that especially caught the interest of Ricoh. A humble Mr. Ew volunteers his spare time generating awareness for the cause to further reach out to those in need of prosthetic limbs within the region. He then prints and assembles 3D prosthetic limbs for these recipients.
“The market for prosthetic hands is becoming progressively more expensive. Supporting this cause was also therefore becoming more of a challenge,” explains Mr. Ew. “I had initially joined Ricoh Malaysia's Imagine 3D Contest in hopes of winning the cash prize to further support this cause on my own. I got more than I bargained for when Ricoh went beyond just extending the prize money, but also came on board for the long run as a credible partner, sharing similar beliefs and sentiments towards this worthy cause. Together with Ricoh Malaysia, we at E-Nable are thrilled to change the world, one hand at a time.”
Mr. Peter Wee, Managing Director of Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. said that the company got to know of E-Nable and Mr. Ew's cause when they met him for the first time at the finale of the Imagine 3D Contest.
“ We were genuinely moved when we heard how he was investing his talent and knowledge in an avenue that serves to better the lives of others. Inspired by our ‘three loves' principle (Love your neighbour, love your country, and love your work) and the fact that we possess the right resources and technology, we were compelled to be a part of this movement to help make a change in the lives of those in need,” said Mr. Wee.
“At Ricoh, we consistently strive to evolve, inspire, and drive innovative engineering, true to our Imagine. Change. brand tagline. We endeavour to champion the power of the imagination as a driver of constant change in order to play a greater role in the lives of people everywhere, and in this case, literally ‘give a hand back to society',” he added.
In addition to the collaboration, Ricoh Malaysia will also be running 3D printing workshops with local educational organisations across the country, to further inspire and educate Malaysians on the beauty of 3D printing.
The Get Started with 3D Printing Workshops will provide participants with hands-on experience as well as a wealth of insight on the wonders of 3D printing that has been penetrating several vertical industries in recent years, including the medical, architecture, fashion and art, as well as education.
Earlier this year, Ricoh Malaysia jointly partnered with MakerBot, the 3D printing industry giant earlier this year, presenting to Malaysians a range of cutting edge 3D print technology. Ricoh Malaysia and MakerBot aspire to bring printing to a whole new level with brand new cutting-edge 3D printing technology poised to provide the resources and best solutions to complement the growth of many industries.