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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Robtec. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Robtec is one of the largest Latin-American additive manufacturing service bureaus and a leading 3D printing and scanning products distributor in the region. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, 3DS will acquire 70% of the shares of Robtec at closing and the remainder of the shares on the 5th anniversary of the closing. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Robtec brings to 3DS two decades of additive manufacturing service bureau experience with substantial production capabilities that are rooted in regional infrastructure and capacity and supported by long-term, key relationships with leading Latin American industrial companies.

“We believe that the strong strategic and cultural fit between our companies, combined with Robtec’s on-the-ground additive manufacturing service bureau capabilities, expanded channel coverage and deep automotive and aerospace customer relationships could present significant benefits for our customers, sizeable growth opportunities for us and greater value for our shareholders,” commented Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS.

“This is the right time for us to add a company of Robtec’s reputation, experience, growth record and scale in Latin America,” continued Reichental. “With key operations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico, proven service bureau operations and leading printing and scanning distribution activities, Robtec represents the cornerstone of our Latin American expansion plans.”

“We are excited to become part of 3D Systems, a leading provider of the most complete portfolio of 3D content-to-print solutions available today,” said Pablo Elenter, President, Robtec. “We plan to leverage our collective knowledge and experience for the benefit of our customers by building stronger local presence and immediately delivering the full range of 3DS products and services throughout the region.”

Immediately after closing, the company plans to transform Robtec operations into 3D Systems Latin America and expand its offerings to include 3DS’ entire range of 3D design and manufacturing solutions throughout the region.

Founded in 1994, Robtec is one of the largest Latin-American additive manufacturing service bureaus and a leading in-region 3D printing and scanning products distributor. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Robtec is recognized as a trusted and knowledgeable Latin American additive manufacturing and 3D printing resource to the manufacturing sector that brings two decades of experience providing best-in-class rapid prototyping and custom manufacturing services. Robtec is the leading distributor of 3D Systems personal, professional and production 3D printers and of GOM’s scanning solutions and comes with established long-term relationships with leading aerospace and automotive companies.

For more information, visit: www.robtec.com

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Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced a partnership with 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, to pilot 3D printing services in two stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Each store features an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware. Customers can also bring in their own 3D print-ready files to have them printed.

“3D printing offers enormous potential for small businesses, and by using Staples, they can print with the technology without having to invest in it,” said Damien Leigh, senior vice president of business services for Staples, Inc. “The test with 3D Systems will help us learn about our customers’ needs for a local 3D printing service, and how Staples can help them make more happen for their business through 3D printing.”

“Staples established reputation as a leader in home office and small business solutions makes them an ideal partner for testing out live, consumer-facing 3D print services,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, 3D Systems’ vice president and general manager, for consumer products division. “We have been thrilled with the retail experience and response from our audience, and the difference it makes being able to see, touch and experience 3D printing.”

With the new experience centers, both small businesses and consumers are able to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas where they can use design software and see 3D Systems printers in action. Each store will have a photo booth to capture customers’ facial images for the purpose of personalizing 3D products like figurines, and customers can also print personalized smart phone cases.

Each store has an expert from 3D Systems on-site, along with trained Copy & Print associates to help guide customers on their 3D printing journey. The items will be printed on site or through 3D Systems and shipped directly to their offices or home.

Staples previously announced in May of 2013 that it would be the first major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers, with the launch of the Cube® from 3D Systems on Staples.com. The company has since rolled out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores, and expanded its overall product selection.

For more information, visit: www.staples.com/sbd/cre/products/140330/33886/index.html

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it acquired Medical Modeling Inc., a provider of personalized surgical treatments and patient specific medical devices, including virtual surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, using 3D modeling and printing that is rapidly changing how reconstructive surgery is done today. The company expects this acquisition to be immediately accretive to its net income.

Based in Golden, Colorado, Medical Modeling pioneered the field of 3D printing-centric personalized surgery and patient-specific medical device solutions with FDA-cleared manufacturing processes and world-class expertise, providing help on tens of thousands of patient cases for surgical planning tools, implants and other design services. 3DS also announced that it plans to consolidate all of its healthcare activities into a single unit under the leadership of former Medical Modeling President, Andy Christensen, who was named 3DS’ Vice President, Personalized Surgery and Medical Devices.

“We are thrilled to become part of 3DS,” said Andy Christensen, President, Medical Modeling.  “We already use most of 3DS’ leading professional design-to-manufacturing tools including its Geomagic® Freeform® modeling software and haptic tools and advanced manufacturing Stereolithography and ColorJet Printing professional-grade 3D printers,” continued Christensen. “Working with surgeons around the world on tens of thousands of patient cases gives us a unique perspective on surgical planning opportunities that, together with 3DS technology platform and resources, could accelerate our global growth and enhance overall patient outcomes.”

Medical Modeling delivers Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®), a service-based approach to personalized surgery that combines expertise in medical imaging, surgical simulation and additive manufacturing. This allows surgeons access to the most up-to-date toolbox for today’s most challenging head and neck surgical procedures. VSP combines a detailed virtual surgical plan with custom-engineered instrumentation to ensure surgical success. Patented and clinically tested technology is available to aid surgeries ranging from trauma reconstruction of the facial skeleton to guidance of fibula-free grafts to more routine orthognathic surgeries.

Dr. Oren Tepper, at the Montefiore Medical Center, used Medical Modeling’s VSP to perform a surgery on a small child who would normally have to wait 6 years until she was big enough for the operation. When she was born, Jayla Varga's jaw was no bigger than her mother's thumb, so small it pushed her tongue against her throat, preventing her from breathing or swallowing properly.

“The combination of our rapidly growing healthcare business with Medical Modeling’s expanding range of products and services creates the largest 3D printing based personalized surgery and patient specific medical device service capabilities available today,” said Avi Reichental, 3DS President and CEO. “By leveraging our collective expertise, technologies and channels under the capable leadership of Andy Christensen, we plan to deliver an expanding range of direct metal and plastic medical devices designed to address this rapidly expanding opportunity.”

For more information, visit: www.medicalmodeling.com

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its previously announced ProJet 1200 micro-SLA printer and commencement of customer shipments. This micro-SLA 3D printer is capable of producing small, precise, detail-rich parts and casting patterns and is ideal for fine jewelry, electronic components and dental wax-ups. Smaller than most coffee makers and faster than baking a cake, this new printer is economical to own, safe to operate anywhere and simple to use. It prints accurate ready-to-use parts and castable patterns that cost less than one U.S. dollar. Priced at $4,900, the ProJet 1200 provides access to professional-grade 3D printers for jewelers, dental labs, product designers and garage entrepreneurs.

With super-fast print speeds and high accuracy of detail, dental labs can print up to 12 precise dental wax ups in under an hour and jewelers can create 5 intricate rings in under 2 hours. The Projet 1200 prints at 30-micron layers at effective 585dpi resolution featuring micro details with unprecedented surface smoothness that only SLA technology can deliver.

“Sun Dental Labs is always pursuing the cutting edge in the dental technology field and the ProJet 1200 is a great addition to our portfolio of technologies,” said Chuck Stapleton, Vice President of Global Operations, Sun Dental Labs. “The compact size and speed of the ProJet 1200 allows us to further refine our digital manufacturing processes.”

The ProJet 1200 is comparable in size to a coffee maker, with a 8 x 8 base and a height of 13 inches, with both LAN and USB connectivity so everyone in the office can use it. Convenient all-in-one material cartridges are quick and easy to use. The built-in UV curing station assures safe handling of the parts and locks in their mechanical properties.

The VisiJet FTX Green material is ideal for casting patterns, with an ash-free burn-out as well as the necessary quality for plastic prototypes and small collectible designs.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-1200



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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that Chuck Hull, the inventor of 3D printing and founder of 3D Systems, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for his globally impactful and transformative work inventing and pioneering 3D printing. With this induction, Hull joins the ranks of formerly honored inventors, including Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Henry Ford, and George Eastman, as well as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Hull is being recognized by the NIHF and the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his ground-breaking invention of the original 3D printing technology, Stereolithography (SLA). Hull also co-created the STL file format, which continues to be the gold standard in ultra high-definition 3D printing connectivity with all CAD formats. In 1983, Hull 3D printed a small cup, the first-ever object created with additive technology. The success of Hull’s process served as a catalyst to his founding of 3D Systems in 1986.

Hull continues to lead the 3D printing revolution as 3D Systems’ Chief Technology Officer, celebrating 30 years of continuous 3D printing innovation and presiding over seven different 3D print technologies, more than 100 materials and 1,700 patents.

Since 1973, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has been honoring the individuals who have conceived, patented and advanced great technological achievements dating back to the birth of our nation. To be inducted, candidates must hold a United States patent that has contributed significantly to the nation’s welfare and the advancement of science and useful arts.

“Each year we have the distinct honor of recognizing individuals whose contributions to society will resound throughout the ages,” said Michael Oister, Invent Now CEO. “3D printing is an astounding technology that is poised to change the way our world works and the way we interact with it. We are delighted to welcome Chuck Hull to our NIHF family.”

“I am deeply honored to become a part of the NIHF and be considered among the group of high caliber innovators who have transformed the world and improved the human condition in tangible and powerful ways,” said Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3DS. “I always knew that 3D printing had the capacity to change the entire design-to-manufacture process, but could not have anticipated the full impact that my work would have on every facet of our lives. It is incredibly humbling and exhilarating to be a part of this transformation.”

Hull will be honored on May 21, 2014, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

For more information, visit: www.invent.org/hall-of-fame

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired Digital PlaySpace (DPS), a proprietary, innovative and immersive digital play platform that connects brands, retailers and consumers to 3D printable play activities. Through its two leading digital play properties, Digital Dollhouse and Dreamhouse Designer Facebook app, the DPS platform combines home design, gaming, and community sharing to deliver a vivid 3D create-and-make experience for children and their parents. Compelling content creation, capture and customization features make it quick, easy and fun to personalize and 3D print incredible creations at home on a Cube® 3D printer, or have them cloud printed using 3DS’ fulfillment service, available on its consumer destination site Cubify™.

Jesyca Durchin, DPS founder and CEO said, “We are thrilled to integrate our virtual and actual play experiences directly into the 3DS Cubify platform. Our vision is to deliver a ‘3D PlaySpace’ for everyone. The immersiveness and fun of our PlaySpace experience enhances brand recall and loyalty, enabling brands and retailers to connect with consumers in a whole new way. We designed Digital PlaySpace from the bottom-up for publishing flexibility and scalability, and 3DS is the perfect home for our growth.”

“We are excited to have Jesyca and her entire Digital PlaySpace team join our Cubify platform, enabling millions of new users to connect with family, friends and favorite brands in more immersive and socially creative ways,” said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3DS. “Digital PlaySpace’s ability to customize and rapidly publish mobile and web 3D printable content provides a differentiated value proposition for brands and consumers alike.”

Durchin is a leading developer of interactive and filmed entertainment for girls since 1994. She is an award-winning producer of both interactive and 3D animated films for Mattel, and has been a key advisor to Disney Theme Parks regarding brand-sponsored exhibitions targeting women. As a producer, Jesyca has created and produced games, films and rides for leading brands such as Mattel Entertainment, Buena Vista Games, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Home Video, and Mattel Interactive.

From virtual worlds to social games, Digital PlaySpace captures and converts consumers through interactive entertainment that strategically leverages play behaviors and lifestyle preferences, seamlessly linking real and virtual goods within immersive and relevant games and interactive experiences. Digital PlaySpace understands brands, their promise to the consumer and how to fulfill that promise through social games. We create real brand engagement for consumers in keeping with what they want and expect, and design games for you that go beyond the traditional corporate/consumer relationship, creating “play spaces” that build brand awareness, fans and customer loyalty.

For more information, visit: www.digitalplayspace.com

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) unveiled the new CubePro™ 3D printer, the only simultaneous triple-color, multi-materials, large capacity, prosumer printer available today. The CubePro features a controlled environment print chamber that assures high-fidelity performance and delivers professional quality prints consistently and with the ease. Prosumers and hobbyists can rely on CubePro to test and perfect their designs and print in real thermoplastic materials, resulting in parts that are durable and accurate right at their desktop or benchtop.

“We are proud to be the first to deliver professional quality prints to the consumer and prosumer, enabling educators, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to match their creativity with greater productivity,” said Rajeev Kulkharni, Vice President, General Manager, Consumer Products, 3DS. “The CubePro is the ultimate desktop 3D printer for the lab, workshop and office, compressing development cycles and increasing productivity.”

CubePro Features:

  • Work smart, play hard, print productive: Print more and faster with the largest-in-class print platform, high-resolution prints and quick set up. With prints 2.5 times larger than any other desktop prosumer and hobbyist printer (10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5” or 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm), and ultra high-resolution settings of 75-micron thin print layers, professional quality printing has never been so large or easy.

  • Controlled Print Chamber: Controlled process environment ensures true to CAD prints and delivers professional quality every time.  Automated settings deliver safe home printing in your mancave, on your workbench and at your desktop.

  • Strong, Fast & Long-lasting: Guaranteed faster, precise prints with easy feed cartridges for prolonged material life.

  • Triple color + dual materials = thousands of options: available in three print head configuration CubePro allows users to get more expressive with 3D printing in up to 3 simultaneous colors and more color options.

  • Connect better to experience better: Connect intuitively through an easy-to-use color touchscreen display and mobile and WiFi capability. CubePro is powered by the Cubify mobile app letting users print on the go direct from their Shelf, prepping files and sending to print, all from an iOS, Android or Windows phone.

Sustainability – Send back empty cartridges to designated 3DS locations for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and return used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting by 3DS. CubePros are shipped from local distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubePro comes with a proprietary print pad that conserves power compared to other 3D printers. 3DS is committed to making prosumer 3D printing affordable, safe and sustainable.

Support – Hotline and email support is available everyday from 3:00 am to 8:00 pm EST, providing 16 hours of service each day.

CubePro comes with starter materials, 25 free designs and a Cubify Invent software license for introductory 3D design. CubePro is integrated with 3DS’ consumer lifestyle hub Cubify, connecting CubePro users to curated collections of 3D printable content from favorite DIY, automotive and gear brands, as well as the Cubify social platform where users can share and co-create with others.

The company plans to commence commercial shipment of CubePro during the second quarter of 2014.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubepro

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the acquisition of Gentle Giant Studios, a provider of 3D modeling for the entertainment and toy industries. For over two decades, Gentle Giant Studios has developed state-of-the-art content using 3D scanning and modeling to develop and manufacture licensed 3D printed characters, toys and collectibles from a variety of franchise properties with global brand recognition, including Marvel, Disney, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Avatar, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

3DS plans to immediately leverage Gentle Giant Studios technology and vast library of digital content into its consumer platform and extend its existing brand relationships to further the reach of 3D scanning, modeling and printing for entertainment, toys, collectibles, action figures in conjunction with numerous blockbuster films and evergreen licensed properties.

“Gentle Giant Studios catapults 3DS’s consumer platform forward with highly curated, licensed characters, content publishing know-how and first-mover experience for the benefit of leading toy companies, movie studios and their merchandising divisions,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems.

Gentle Giant produces a wide range of products that are manufactured using the highest quality and most advanced 3D scan to print techniques. A team of incredibly talented artisans digitally capture the likenesses of actors, props, and scenery to accurately model and recreate these images for fans and collectors everywhere. Gentle Giant Studios also provides prototyping and product development services for consumer products, fine art, theme parks, and provides on set digitizing services for major motion pictures.

For more information, visit: www.gentlegiantltd.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Xerox (NYSE: XRX) announced a transaction designed to leverage both companies’ 3D printing capabilities to accelerate growth and cement leadership positions. 3D Systems entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Xerox Corporation’s Wilsonville, Oregon product design, engineering and chemistry group and related assets for $32.5 million in cash. Both companies expect the transaction to close before the end of 2013, subject to fulfillment of certain customary conditions. This agreement expands the decade and a half long collaboration between the companies, that already produced 3DS’ best selling ProJet® series 3D printers.

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with an innovative partner of the caliber of Xerox and expect that acquiring some of the Xerox Wilsonville engineering team, together with their state-of the-art development labs and selected licensed IP, will catapult our 3D printers’ development and manufacturing capabilities forward,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and CEO. “This bold step is consistent with our belief that we must act quickly and decisively to extend and cement our marketplace leadership position by taking full advantage of the window of unprecedented opportunity in front of us.”

"This deal takes advantage of Xerox’s world-class capabilities and expands our relationship with 3D Systems in the exciting and dynamic 3D printing industry,” said Kevin Warren, President of Xerox Strategic Growth Initiatives. “It emphasizes how we are leveraging our expertise while we continue to evolve our business model and pursue strategic growth opportunities.”

As part of this agreement, 3DS expects to add more than 100 experienced Xerox engineers and contractors specializing in product design and materials science to its global R&D team and immediately begin to operate its own facility within the Xerox Wilsonville campus. Xerox will maintain ink and print head development resources along with research relevant for digital printing and the 3D markets. In connection with this strategic investment, 3DS expects to progressively increase its annual R&D expenditures by approximately 75% to 100% over the next few years as it completes certain Xerox related engineering services commitments and fully leverages its expanded capabilities.

“The stronger our marketplace leadership, the more powerful our economic model becomes,” continued Reichental. “Simply put, a solidified position translates directly to higher revenue, higher profitability and greater earnings power over time and we are willing to sacrifice short term earnings to get there faster."

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, we are the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the acquisition of Village Plastics, a manufacturer of filament-based ABS, PLA and HIPS 3D printing materials. Through its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Norton, Ohio, Village Plastics delivers the highest quality, precision 3D printing filaments. 3DS plans to immediately integrate Village Plastics materials and manufacturing technologies to accelerate its development of advanced filament-based materials for its growing Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers. Additionally, the company plans to support all of Village Plastics’ existing customers by providing full access to its complete portfolio of design-to-manufacturing products and services.

“Village Plastics brings significant filament-based material development know-how and large scale manufacturing expertise that are vitally important to our Cube 3D printer consumer and prosumer growth initiatives,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. “With the Village team on board, we expect to be able to enhance the profitability of this growing category and fast track the delivery of new high-performance filament-based products for the benefit of our users worldwide.”

Village Plastics Co. is a precision manufacturer of thermoplastic 3D printing filament. The company offers an extensive product line and possesses manufacturing capabilities to extrude custom sizes, shapes and profiles to meet customer requirements for extruded products. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Norton, Ohio, with completely customized extrusion lines. Combined with in-house tooling capabilities, the company can provide cost-effective extrusion solutions. Delivering near perfect consistency, monitoring with laser micrometers gives Village Plastics Co. an absolute edge over the competition by providing a superior level of precision and quality at competitive prices. Village Plastics Co. is a family-owned and operated business dedicated to exceeding customers’ expectations.

For more information, visit: www.villageplastics.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the acquisition of Figulo, a provider of 3D printed ceramics for consumers, makers, artists, designers and architects. Figulo is changing the way ceramics are made by taking this time honored  production and art form and transforming it with 21st century 3D printing technology. The company plans to immediately integrate Figulo’s 3D printed ceramics into its rapidly growing Cubify® ecosystem and its professional cloud printing service, Quickparts®, and to leverage Figulo’s considerable ceramics materials and process knowledge to fast track the commercialization of its own family of end-user ceramic 3D printers for home décor labels, pottery shops, artists and hobbyists.

Figulo has a cloud-based model for manufacturing ceramic objects using 3D printing based on 3DS’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Customers range from consumers and makers to artists, designers and architects. 3D printed ceramics from Figulo combine the high quality art form with the freedom of complexity allowed by 3D printing technology, empowering everyone from artists, designers and consumers to major décor labels to explore a new degree of what’s possible for kitchenware, tiling, art and more.

“I couldn’t think of a better home for Figulo than 3DS,” said Andrew Jeffery, President and CEO, Figulo Corporation. “This is a dream combination of 3D Systems’ powerful CJP full color technology with Figulo’s extensive ceramic materials and process know-how to accelerate online and at home adoption and to unleash the full potential of professional and consumer ceramic 3D printing.”

“With Figulo on board, we are enhancing both our Cubify and Quickparts capabilities and significantly expanding our materials and process expertise and know-how to fast track the commercialization of ceramic 3D printers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. “Ceramic 3D printing creates a unique experience for this time honored art form and is sure to induce a new breed of artists, designers and major décor labels to incorporate 3D printing into their professional toolbox while consumers enjoy the next dimension of décor and art.”

Figulo Corporation was founded in August 2011, by Andy Jeffery, Mark Sears and Tim Sheehen based on 3d printing manufacturing experience in materials, process, and traditional ceramics technology to offer personalized production of 3D printed and glazed ceramics to customers all over the world. People from the age of 10 have designed objects that Figulo makes and supplies through the major personalized production online marketplaces. Market areas include glazed ceramics for home decor, artistic and architectural applications.

For more information, visit: www.figulo.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 4500 3D printer, the first and only continuous-tone, full-color plastic 3D printer available on the market. This 3D printer delivers ready-to-use vibrant, full-color durable plastic parts straight out of the printer for a wide range of modeling, functional prototyping and real-use products.

The ProJet 4500 builds on 3DS’ powerful ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology platform and comes with a new class of sustainable VisiJet® C4 Spectrum materials. This revolutionary printer delivers strong semi-rigid parts, pixel-by-pixel, straight out of the printer, in high-resolution, pantone-like color with a superior surface finish. Safe for office, easy-to-use, sustainable to operate and fast to print on, the ProJet 4500 is economical and comes with fully integrated material recycling for greater yield and better total material usage.

“Leapfrogging from monochrome to full-color functional plastics redefines ‘the possible’ for designers, engineers, architects, marketers and artists,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President, Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “For the first time ever, users can get directly out of a 3D printer real-use parts, vibrant models, and functional prototypes in full color, quickly, accurately and affordably.”

The ProJet 4500 prints fast, generates minimal waste, requires no supports and delivers ready-to-use, full-color, functional parts and assemblies without post-processing or painting. This 3D printer is ideal for consumer products, home furnishings, healthcare, toys and collectibles companies, and completely shifts the paradigm for professionals engaged in architectural modeling, marketing communications, fashion design and more.

3D Systems also announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 5500X, a ground-breaking engineered composite materials 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology. The ProJet 5500X simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites, layer-by-layer at the pixel level, in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3DS’ printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.

“Having unlimited options of engineered material properties within a single print is every designer’s dream that when combined with the largest print volume in its class and true-to-CAD precision and fine detail makes the ProJet 5500X the clear choice,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “Designers and manufacturers alike are sure to discover new degrees of freedom and the reality of quick-turn production of functional multi-material assemblies, overmolded parts, rubber components, long-lasting living hinges and high-temp parts, all in one printer, all in a single print.”

With its industrial-grade print head, the ProJet 5500X prints up to two times faster than any other printer in its class, and produces more than 60% larger volume than all other comparable systems, producing larger parts up to half a meter long, or more parts per print job.

The ProJet 5500X delivers fast composite material print speeds using breakthrough materials with properties that can be easily varied within a single part. This new VisiJet® composite family of materials is precisely mixed by the ProJet 5500X print head on the fly to achieve superior mechanical properties and custom performance characteristics, and comes with a 5-year print head warranty.

For more information visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-4500 or www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-5500x

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of the Sense™ 3D scanner. Sense is flexible with scan size and can capture everything from a cupcake to a full-body, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. Sense comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing in a range of materials.

The Sense is priced at $399 and immediately available on Cubify.com. The Sense will also be available on Staples.com and in hundreds of Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.

"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."

Product Features:

  • For your life on the go: hand-held mobility gives you the freedom to scan spontaneously, everywhere you go. The Sense is mobile scanning compatible with the Microsoft Surface™ Pro 2 tablet.

  • Scan small, scan large, scan it all: Sense small and large objects, people and scenes. The Sense has the most diverse scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for small and large objects like a book or a motorcycle, heads to full bodies and scenes as large as 10 feet tall and wide.

  • Zero-in on what matters: automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds, scanning only the object you want.

  • Edit confidently: Sense software is intuitive, fast, accurate and easy to use. Scans process in seconds and can be cropped, enhanced and solidified for printables in just minutes. No design experience is necessary.

  • Mash-up your world: merge your scans in Cubify Sculpt™, the ultimate consumer software for editing STLs, mash-ups and organic modeling. Full integration between the Sense and Cubify Sculpt gives you the creative freedom to import your scans and combine them with other favorite designs.

  • Physical to digital and back again: Sense is fully integrated with Cubify.com and your Cube 3D printer. Scans can be uploaded directly for cloud printing with a variety of materials on Cubify.com, or sent directly to your 3D printer.

Sense is powered by Geomagic® software, making the Sense unmatched in quality, scan speed and easy editing capabilities for consumers. Sense delivers professional performance at an affordable consumer price and guarantees an awesome user experience.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/sense

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it is investing $10 million to expand its Rock Hill, SC, manufacturing operations generating 145 new jobs. 3D Systems, the recognized 3D printing inventor and global leader is committed to building a future powered by sustainable, localized manufacturing. The company already began hiring for these positions and those interested in job opportunities with 3D Systems should visit the company’s careers webpage.

“To accommodate unprecedented demand for our products, we are expanding our manufacturing operations in the Charlotte Region. We are literally manufacturing the future in Rock Hill and deeply appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems Corporation.

“When one of our existing businesses expands, it sends a message to other companies that South Carolina is a place where they can find success,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate 3D Systems’ decision to invest $10 million and create 145 new jobs in Rock Hill. This announcement is another indication that our economic development efforts are on the right track.”

“Today’s announcement from 3D Systems provides another boost to our state’s manufacturing renaissance, and adds to our reputation in the advanced manufacturing sector. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Rock Hill and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“3D Systems has been a valuable partner since joining the Rock Hill community,” said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols. “We’re honored they continue to grow their business here, contributing high quality, high paying, high tech jobs. We’re proud to be offering an atmosphere in Rock Hill that positions companies like 3D Systems for ongoing success.”

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired The Sugar Lab, a start-up micro-design firm based in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to 3D printing customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections in real sugar. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Sugar Lab adopted 3D Systems' Color Jet Printing (CJP) technology to print on a sugar bed using different flavored edible binders that meet all food safety requirements. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate The Sugar Lab 3D printing technique into its professional and consumer content-to-print platforms with a variety of production-quality applications as well as the ability to 3D print indulgences at home.

"The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless," said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of the Sugar Lab.  Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. Continued von Hasseln, "We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D Systems to help make that a reality."

"I believe there is a social covenant for indulgence that begins with desserts and The Sugar Lab will accelerate our ability to bring edible 3D printables to the masses while empowering chefs, restaurateurs and confectioners with never before explored digital creation tools for food," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with two kindred spirits; Liz and Kyle von Hasseln to quickly re-purpose our core 3D Systems print technology and jointly create delicious, custom confections."

The Sugar Lab was founded by Kyle and Liz von Hasseln, a husband and wife architectural design team in Los Angeles. They wanted to make a friend a birthday cake but didn't have an oven so they decided to try to 3D print a cake instead. After a period of trial and error that lasted well beyond her actual birthday they successfully printed a tiny cupcake topper that spelled her name in cursive sugar. She loved it and they thought others would as well so they officially started The Sugar Lab in their studio in Silver Lake.

For more information, visit: www.the-sugar-lab.com

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