3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the release of GibbsCAM® 2016 software for production machining. Building on the Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) technology of the previous edition, GibbsCAM 2016 delivers a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed, and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming. The GibbsCAM platform provides a powerful complement to additive manufacturing processes, further empowering 3D Systems’ users to transform digital concepts into physical realities.
The enhanced kinematic framework of GibbsCAM 2016 makes it a powerful and versatile CAM platform that is effective in nearly every manufacturing environment. Enabling solutions for complex programming challenges, such as oriented turning scenarios, GibbsCAM is compatible with a wide range of programming and machining operations, including solid modeling, high speed machining, 2- to 5-axis milling, wire-EDM, multi-task machining and more. Recognized for its ease of use, GibbsCAM is designed to help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times.
New features and functions of GibbsCAM 2016 include:
“The GibbsCAM platform is a key component in today’s advanced manufacturing workflows, allowing our customers to optimize their machine processes and unlock greater productivity,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer, Software Products, 3D Systems. “By working closely with users over the past year, we’ve enhanced our understanding of the evolving needs of the factory floor, and are pleased to offer these improvements to help our customers maximize efficiency, safety and profitability.”
For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com/gibbscam-2016-enhancements
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced management team changes to accelerate the company's growth strategy.
Effective immediately, the 3D Systems board appointed Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) as President and CEO. VJ is a visionary who forever changed Hewlett-Packard's printing business from the ground up. As a seasoned and known leader, VJ is committed to leveraging the strength and heritage of 3D Systems and transforming its business to help participate in the revolutionary changes taking place in nearly every corner of every industry.
Mr. Joshi succeeds Interim-President and CEO Andy Johnson, who will continue in his role as 3D Systems' Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
VJ is known for being a transformational and highly engaged leader with significant experience in developing and managing a broad product portfolio, all while driving operational excellence. While leading HP's $26 billion printing business, VJ was responsible for doubling the printing business operating profits during an 11-year period.
"I am incredibly excited about the future of 3D Systems. We have a tremendous opportunity to help customers take advantage of the era of manufacturing transformation, including mass customization," said VJ, President and CEO. "While the company has a strong history in place, it is clear that we need to develop new and innovative products with unprecedented quality and service levels to drive sustainable growth and profits."
"We are pleased to announce VJ's appointment as President and CEO of 3D Systems," said Wally Loewenbaum, Chairman of the 3D Systems Board of Directors. "VJ's significant experience scaling and strengthening technology-driven businesses, his expertise in product development and innovation, and his proven track record of operational excellence make him the ideal candidate to lead our company into its next era."
Lastly, "On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Andy for his dedication and leadership as Interim-President and CEO," continued Loewenbaum.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of its Healthcare Technology Center in Littleton, Colorado. The new facility will serve as the central hub for the company’s global healthcare activities, and support its full and comprehensive portfolio of precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 70,000 square foot facility took place on March 10th.
In keeping with the company’s collaborative legacy in healthcare, 3D Systems’ Healthcare Technology Center will work closely with medical practitioners and manufacturers in the field of precision healthcare with the goal of delivering optimized workflows and improved patient outcomes. The new facility will play an integral role in the provision and advancement of 3D healthcare solutions, including 3D printed medical devices and implants, Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®), and immersive surgical simulation.
3D Systems’ Healthcare Technology Center will feature manufacturing floors powered by 3D printing to produce known medical solutions and pioneer new ones. These 3D printing manufacturing floors will house a complete range of 3D Systems’ technology, including Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), ColorJet Printing (CJP) and MultiJet Printing (MJP).
As one of 3D Systems’ global centers of excellence in healthcare, the Littleton facility is ISO 13485 certified for healthcare solutions, and operates in accordance with the FDA and MDD regulations for applicable medical devices, ranging from low risk models (Class I) to instruments and implants (Class II) to highest risk devices (Class III).
The facility also features a simulation experience center in which visitors can demo the company’s Simbionix line of training simulators first-hand. 3D Systems’ training simulators provide surgeons and surgical assistants the opportunity to obtain skills and practice full procedures in an extensive range of medical specialties. Supported by the full range of 3D Systems’ 3D printing technologies, the experience center showcases how 3D printed models can be combined with simulators to allow better understanding of human anatomy, to provide a solid platform for device bench testing, and to enable repetitive practice on patient-specific anatomy without putting the patient at risk.
“Our new Healthcare Technology Center answers the growing need of the medical community for innovative and adaptive tools designed to provide better insights, better processes and better outcomes,” said Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, 3D Systems. “Our extensive and growing offering of precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions provide the means and skills for medical and dental professionals to overcome today’s challenges and advance the future of care.”
Among the guests in attendance at the center’s ribbon cutting ceremony was Blessing Makwera, who underwent a successful series of intensive surgeries in 2013 that were made possible through advancements in Virtual Surgical Planning and 3D printing. “Today is an important day in medicine,” Makwera said. “My story illustrates how life changing this technology can be, and I am overjoyed to think of the many lives that will be impacted and improved by the capabilities made possible here.”
Dr. Oren Tepper, Director of Craniofacial Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, was also present for the grand opening. Dr. Tepper frequently relies on precision healthcare tools and medical 3D printing solutions to address the specific needs of his patients, and is a pioneer in developing innovative new uses for the technology. “Awareness and access have been the biggest hurdles to adopting 3D technology in healthcare,” Dr. Tepper said. “This facility will be a tremendous asset to the healthcare community in developing and proving precise methodologies for some of medicine’s most trying cases.”
3D Systems’ Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hull, also attended the opening, alongside regional and state officials, prominent figures in the academic and medical fields and additive manufacturing experts. “From the first printed part, I knew 3D printing had the potential to impact lives,” Hull said, “but I never imagined the revolutionary ways in which this technology would enhance healthcare and improve the quality of life for so many.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/solutions/healthcare
Planetary Resources, in collaboration with 3D Systems, have 3d printed the first part from asteroid metal powder.
The prototypes shown below were 3D printed from an actual asteroid that was, pulverized, powdered and processed on the newly released 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 metal 3D printer.
The meteorite used for the print material was sourced from the Campo Del Cielo impact near Argentina, and is composed of iron, nickel and cobalt. The composition is similar to refinery grade steel.
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate commercial availability of the ProX™ DMP 320, the latest addition to the company's line of direct metal 3D printers. The ProX DMP 320 is designed for high precision, high throughput direct metal printing and optimized for critical applications requiring complex, chemically-pure titanium, stainless steel or nickel super alloy parts.
The ProX DMP 320 sets a new standard for productivity in metal 3D printing. With exchangeable manufacturing modules, the ProX DMP 320 supports rapid material change or replenishment, allowing manufacturers to keep pace with demanding production cycles and enabling efficient powder recycling. The printer also features preset build parameters developed from the outcome of nearly half-a-million builds, providing predictable and repeatable print quality for virtually any geometry.
The ProX DMP 320 offers a large 275mm x 275mm x 420mm build volume. Designed to enable critical industrial applications, including those in aerospace, automotive and healthcare, the ProX DMP 320 comes in two configurations, one optimized for titanium and one optimized for stainless steel and nickel super alloy. With centralized maintenance management, reduced argon gas consumption and serial manufacturing workflow support, the ProX DMP 320 also offers competitive operating cost advantages.
"With the ProX DMP 320, we've leveraged our collective expertise in metal additive manufacturing to pair best-in-class productivity and repeatability with exceptional outcomes in key industrial materials," said Mark Wright, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 3D Systems. "We've been working closely with leading customers through extensive beta testing of this machine and the feedback we have received distinguishes this printer as one primed to transform expectations for timelines, process and results."
"As beta system partners, we have been relying on the ProX DMP 320 to make titanium parts and are impressed by the high throughput, ease of use, consistency of output, and overall part quality," said Bob Markley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at 3rd Dimension, an industry leading Direct Metal Printing provider in North America. "Combined with our ProX 200 and ProX 300, we are able to provide our customers with the optimal part, in the optimal metal, to meet the demands of each and every application—no matter how specialized."
The ProX DMP 320 will be on display January 6-9, 2016, in the 3D Systems booth (#72721, Sands Expo) at International CES 2016, Las Vegas, NV.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/prox-dmp-320
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it will discontinue production of its $999 consumer 3D printer, the Cube®. The move reflects management's plans to focus its resources and strategic initiatives on near-term opportunities and profitability. Availability of the CubePro® 3D printer—designed for desktop engineering, educational and professional applications—will continue uninterrupted.
The company will continue to sell the existing inventory of Cube printers. Ongoing support and sale of materials for Cube customers will be provided through a new e-commerce platform on the company's primary corporate domain, 3dsystems.com. The consumer platform Cubify.com will be closed on January 31, 2016 and the company's line of retail products, including phone cases and jewelry, that were previously available on Cubify.com will be discontinued.
Management believes a greater focus on manufacturing applications and delivering new and enhanced manufacturing systems can drive adoption, yield higher returns on investment and increase earnings. As part of this shift away from consumer products, management expects revenue to be impacted by less than 2% and profitability to improve. In addition, management expects to record a charge in the fourth quarter in the range of approximately $19 million to $25 million related primarily to inventory write downs and related purchase commitments.
"In connection with our ongoing review of our business and industry, we believe that the most meaningful opportunities today are in professional and industrial settings, from the product design shop to the operating room to the factory floor," said Andy Johnson, Interim-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Legal Officer, 3D Systems. "We are focusing our efforts on enabling professionals and companies to improve their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced it has entered into a partner agreement with Methods Machine Tools Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools and automation for manufacturing. Under the new agreement, Methods will immediately begin to offer 3DS’ full line of professional and production 3D printers and materials to its customers to enhance its portfolio of leading-edge precision machine tools and solutions for traditional manufacturing with advanced 3D printing solutions for additive manufacturing.
Methods brings over 55 years of experience in machine tools and solutions, in addition to extensive expertise in applications, engineering, service and support. To spearhead its entrance into the 3D printer market, Methods will add dedicated 3D printing sales, application engineering and support teams to its seven regional offices throughout the U.S., and will create a state-of-the-art 3D printing showroom with a range of capabilities in each location.
Methods will put a strong strategic focus on 3DS’ Direct Metal Printers (DMP) to deliver enhanced solutions to their customers. By leveraging their expertise in metal precision machining and applications across industries such as aerospace, medical, automotive and electronics, Methods will bring advanced digital manufacturing solutions through DMP to its customer base of over 30,000 companies.
“We selected 3D Systems as our partner to bring 3D digital fabrication solutions to our customers based on their industry leadership, wide range of solutions, continuous innovation and support,” said Bryon Deysher, President & CEO of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “We are excited to expand our portfolio of precision machine tool solutions to bring additive manufacturing, and especially Direct Metal Printing, to our customers to help them meet the most demanding applications.”
“We are excited to partner with Methods to bring our full range of 3D printers to their customer base to complement their machining and automation capabilities,” said Mark Wright, Chief Operating Officer, 3DS. “Methods brings a deep understanding of metalworking manufacturing applications and a strong commitment to service and support, and will extend our coverage to new customers looking to add digital fabrication solutions to their products.”
For more information, visit: www.methodsmachine.com
GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services, Inc. is pleased to announce an engineering collaboration with 3D Systems, an international leader in industrial 3D printing, to expand and advance their next generation of metal additive manufacturing equipment.
“We are enthusiastic to couple 3D Systems’ expert knowledge in machine technology with our production experience in an effort to grow the use of additive manufacturing across all industries,” said Adam Galloway, President GPI.
GPI has added a ProX300 and two new ProX200 units from 3D Systems in its recently expanded production facility, positioning it well for this new research and development collaboration. The joint effort with 3DSystems will enhance GPI’s leadership role in the advancement of metal additive manufacturing. Engineers from both companies, including GPI’s in-house metallurgical engineer and metals application engineer, will be working together on process testing and machine testing with GPI providing real-time customer feedback. Through this endeavor, GPI and 3DS are seeking to further develop the Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) build parameters to make it more widely adopted by all end users.
“Leveraging the significant experience and engineering expertise of both of our companies to move additive manufacturing to the next level is truly exciting,” says Adam Galloway, President of GPI. “This project is going to be good for our customers and, even more important, a positive for the industry as a whole.”
For more information, visit: www.gpiprototype.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that Avi Reichental has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the Company, effective at the close of business on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, by mutual agreement with the Company's Board of Directors.
"I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to lead and build this fine company for the past 12 years, and I am excited about its future," said Reichental. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has established an Executive Management Committee to provide ongoing leadership and to support company wide operations and strategic initiatives. Charles Hull, Co-founder, Director and Chief Technology Officer, will serve as Chairman of the Committee, while Andrew Johnson will serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his continued role as Chief Legal Officer. Mark Wright, Chief Operating Officer, and David Styka, Chief Financial Officer, will also serve on the Executive Management Committee.
The Company's Board of Directors will immediately commence a comprehensive search and evaluation process to select a permanent replacement for the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Over the past 12 years, Avi has helped build 3D Systems into a global leader in 3D design and digital fabrication and we thank him for his many contributions," said G. Walter Loewenbaum II, Chairman of the 3DS Board of Directors. "We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and capable leadership team already in place that can execute on our strategic initiatives while we identify the right individual to lead 3D Systems into a new era."
"We are profoundly grateful for the visionary leadership Avi has provided to our business and to our industry, and we wish him well in his future endeavors," said Charles Hull, Co-founder, Director, Chairman of the Executive Management Committee and Chief Technology Officer, 3DS. "As our industry continues to evolve and we look to the future, we are focused on aligning our resources and programs to best serve our customers and are excited about the many opportunities ahead."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/investor/management
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of the 3DS Culinary Lab, a groundbreaking new culinary innovation center in the epicenter of the Los Angeles culinary community, laying the groundwork for education and engagement around the potential for 3D printed food.
The 3DS Culinary Lab will serve as a learning, collaboration and exploration space, where chefs, mixologists and culinary innovators can experience the intersection of their traditional craft and 3D printing. It is also designed to be a testing ground where the industry can experience 3DS' ChefJet Pro culinary printer firsthand ahead of its release, provide input for future development, and explore market opportunities and innovations.
"We are thrilled to open this amazing collaboration space to bring a new era of digital craftsmanship and technology to the culinary community," said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director, Culinary, for 3DS. "We're bringing together partners and collaborators from across the food service and hospitality industries, as well as chefs, mixologists and artisans to explore the wide-open landscape for 3D printed food."
3DS Culinary will also host events at the space for leaders in the hospitality, event and culinary communities, as well as symposiums and master-classes that explore and shape the future of 3D printed food. 3DS plans to host programming that is industry-focused to address professionals in smaller, hands-on settings. Initial programming includes events centered on 3D printed food fundamentals in sweet, savory and mixology, as well as a quarterly Chef Night for culinarians to come together and experience the potential for 3D printing, and a symposium style event for discussions on the potential for artistry that 3D printing brings to culinary professionals. Click here for more information, or to inquire about availability.
The 3DS Culinary Lab features a demonstration kitchen furnished by KitchenAid, and a 3D printing kitchen highlighting the ChefJet Pro culinary printers. At its opening, guests enjoyed dishes and signature cocktails that incorporated 3D printed elements and were created in collaboration with influential local culinarians:
- French Onion soup: 3D printed onion powder cube, burrata cheese, oxtail broth
- Pumpkin Waffle: 3D printed pumpkin and maple waffle, quail egg, bacon
- Passionfruit dessert: passionfruit curd, raspberries textures, toasted yogurt, bee pollen crumble with 3D printed passionfruit flower
- Wagyu Steak Tartare: sansho pepper, mitsuba, japanese pickles, 3D Printed wasabi egg
- Handcrafted cocktail containing bergamot infused tequila, curry leaf, chamomile flowers, and currants, with a candy-cap mushroom 3D printed garnish
- Savory cocktail with tomato base and 3D printed crystal of smoked salt
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/culinary
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that Charlie Grace has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer, Professional Products, leading all of the company's professional and production 3D printer related revenue generation activities worldwide. In this role, Grace will spearhead the company's global sales strategy and channel development, with a focus on delivering performance-based partner programs, expanded channel support, and enhanced sales, marketing and training tools.
Grace comes to this position with more than 25 years of experience at Xerox and EFI, most recently serving as EFI's Vice President of Americas Sales. In this capacity, Grace presided over a period of sustained, strong revenue growth and the introduction of a multi-channel sales strategy for the company. Grace brings an impressive track record of customer relationship management and channel building leadership with direct sales, reseller partners and OEM channels.
"We are thrilled that a seasoned sales executive of Charlie's caliber is taking the helm of revenue generation activities within our core 3D printing business," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. "Charlie brings with him decades of relevant experience and the proven ability to build and leverage sales operations on a global scale."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has begun shipping the latest version of GibbsCAM®, its software for production machining. This comprehensive update incorporates an all-new Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) engine that further simplifies CNC programming. The release also includes multiple enhancements that extend capabilities and accommodate new machines of all configurations.
As an integral component of 3DS’ design-to-manufacturing digital thread, facilitating cross-technology manufacturing between additive and subtractive methods, GibbsCAM enables improved production efficiency and greater profitability. Developed for ease-of-use, GibbsCAM empowers numerical control programmers and machinists, with solid modeling, 2- through 5-axis milling, high speed machining, mill/turn, Swiss, multi-task machining and wire-EDM capabilities.
“We are committed to providing 3D digital design and fabrication solutions that enable our customers to be more productive and competitive,” said Ilan Erez, Vice President, co-Chief Operating Officer and CFO, Software Products, 3DS. “With the recent addition of GibbsCAM to the 3DS digital manufacturing thread portfolio, our customers can now enjoy the ability to use both subtractive and additive manufacturing to achieve the highest productivity possible. Manufacturers can use the two technologies in tandem, printing a metal part and then using a milling machine to achieve the required surface finish, for example. It’s a perfect fit.
“With the new release of GibbsCAM 2015 we enable our customers to program any machine with a single program and a single interface,” continued Erez. “The new features and enhancements in GibbsCAM 2015 are designed to save time in programming, provide more flexibility in selecting and using tools, and make toolpath verification and machine simulation more accurate and efficient.”
Some of the new features in GibbsCAM 2015 include:
New Tooling Functions and Capabilities that extend the ability to define, use and simulate tools, with new icons and dynamic 3D viewing of tools and tool holders. Support for straight, tapered and stepped shanks was extended to all mill tools, while new mill and lathe tool types are also introduced, including 3D form tools and 75° Diamond (ISO E-style) lathe tools.
Numerous Enhancements for Hole-making that include additional support for hole features from CAD systems and full associativity for hole features from Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5, Solid Edge and SolidWorks. New is the Hole Editor for editing hole features, including compound holes, which are supported with multiple straight, tapered and threaded segments. In addition, feature recognition has been enhanced, and the 5-axis drilling interface has been streamlined. These features simplify hole-making operations and make the programming process faster.
Intermediate Tooling Support for Multi-task Machining (MTM), which makes tooling more manageable, simulation more accurate, and programming easier, with more accurate placement and orientation of tools. Additions include a tool block library and support for tool blocks, such as adapter blocks, holders for tool holders, right-angle and adjustable heads, and flash tooling. A fixture library and support for fixtures (chucks, tailstocks, steady rests and other work holding devices) are included.
Machine Simulation which is greatly improved as a result of UKM, intermediate tooling support, and an improved rendering palette. Rendering is more accurate and efficient, displaying intermediate tooling for a more complete simulation of all moving components. Customized monitoring of key conditions is enabled with a new Stops and Watches feature. Combined, these additions make the programming-through-simulation process faster and more accurate.
Integration with Sandvik Coromant’s Adveon Tool Library, which enables importing tools from Sandvik and ISO 13399 compliant systems to make a standard library available at any time, simplifying tool definition and tooling-data management. This also allows a shop to build, save and reuse a library, and link tools and tool assemblies to parts and processes, enabling faster reuse of a program for a subsequent part run, and faster updating when parts change.
For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com
Sandboxr teams up with Amazon and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) to launch Digital to Doorstep™, the first-ever 3D printing experience for fans of game and entertainment companies worldwide.
Utilizing Sandboxr’s unique 3D printing platform, game and entertainment companies can now provide their fans with one-of-a-kind figurines of their favorite characters by customizing them in game, 3D printing them in photorealistic color and delivering them to the consumer’s doorstep. Leveraging 3D Systems advanced ColorJet 3D printing technology on the ProJet x60 series and global fulfillment capabilities, Sandboxr is for the first time making high-quality collectibles available to video game fans around the world at an affordable, consumer price.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Sandboxr and Amazon to enable gamers everywhere to bring their characters to life with stunning, fully-customizable 3D prints,” said Cathy Lewis, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems. “Sandboxr’s digital customization and fulfillment model is a perfect example of how our technology integrates into and enhances existing products and experiences, and we believe that their innovative and scalable video game platform will drive further awareness and adoption of 3D printing.”
“I believe the relationship between Sandboxr, Amazon and 3D Systems demonstrates how this disruptive 3D printing technology applies to the individual consumer,” said TJ Young, President and co-founder of Sandboxr. “We started Sandboxr four years ago with the dream of bringing customizable 3D printed content that was meaningful and interesting to millions of consumers worldwide. Launching our 3D printing Digital to Doorstep™ platform with Amazon and partnering with 3D Systems for global fulfillment now makes our original dream a reality.”
Game and Entertainment companies interested in learning more about launching a customizable 3D printing Digital to Doorstep™ offering for their fans can contact Sandboxr’s business development team.
For more information, visit: www.amazon.com/Sandboxr
The 3MF Consortium, an industry association recently launched to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, announced four new members:
"The addition of 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys to our membership ranks further demonstrates the significant industry momentum behind the adoption of 3MF," said Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium executive director. "By participating in the 3MF Consortium, our new members will ensure that their customers get all the advanced capabilities and productivity benefits of the 3MF specification. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions."
The 3MF Consortium was formed to close the gap between the capabilities of modern 3D printers and outdated file formats. The 3MF specification eliminates the problems associated with currently available file formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, enabling companies to focus more on innovation. The first version of the 3MF specification is available now for download at no charge.
Launched in 2015, the 3MF Consortium is a Joint Development Foundation project with the goal to define a 3D printing format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services and printers. The 3MF (for 3D Manufacturing Format) specification eliminates the widespread issues with currently available file formats.
Members of the 3MF Consortium are:
The starting point for the Consortium's development of the 3MF specification was Microsoft's donation of its 3D file format work-in-progress.
For more information, visit: www.3mf.io
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has partnered with e-NABLE Community Foundation (ECF) to support e-NABLE, the global network of makers, inventors and designers using 3D printing to make functional, prosthetic hands that are donated to people in need. Building upon 3DS’ mission of Making Good, this partnership leverages the company’s 3D digital fabrication products, services and expertise to expand access to, improve the capabilities of, and educate the public about these life-changing assistive devices.
“Our technology unlocks everyone’s potential to transform great ideas into real outcomes,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “By teaming up with the e-NABLE community, we are giving more people the means and the skills to improve lives.”
3DS and ECF announced four key areas of collaboration as part of their partnership. Specifically,
• 3DS will collaborate with ECF to design an all-new hand. This design will be free, publicly-shared, customizable for sizing and optimized for printing on the Cube®, CubePro® and EKOCYCLE™ Cube®. To encourage and support greater community participation, 3DS and ECF will publish a video tutorial on how to print and assemble the free hand file.
• 3DS will provide technical advisory, aiding ECF with key industry and technical expertise on 3D technology, prosthetics design and more.
• 3DS and ECF will identify four or more university-based labs to qualify them as e-NABLE partners. These will be equipped with 3DS’ digital fabrication tools, including CubePro 3D printers, premium material cartridges, Sense™ 3D scanners, design software and the Touch™ 3D stylus.
• 3DS and ECF will collaborate to develop learning materials for formal and informal educators, introducing and facilitating 3D design and printing relating to ECF’s mission of sharing 3D-printed assistive technologies.
“We are excited to welcome 3D Systems into partnership with ECF and look forward to leveraging their solutions and expertise to further our reach and impact,” said Jon Schull, Enable Community Foundation President. “It's notable that 3DS has the vision to open-source their K1 hand so that all sorts of people can use it and learn from it."
The 3DS and ECF partnership will be celebrated at the upcoming Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 11 and the National Maker Faire on June 12 and 13 at the University of the District of Columbia, where ECF will host workshops using 3DS’ Cube 3D printers.
At both Maker Faire events, 3DS will showcase its new prosthetic hand design, which was optimized for printing on the Cube and CubePro 3D printers. The stunning prosthetic was designed by 3DS’ industrial designer Evan Kuester. Kuester also designed the “Iron Man” prosthetic for the University of Central Florida that was presented to a young boy by Robert Downey, Jr. Kuester and other 3DS experts will be on hand to support the e-NABLE workshops and provide technical advice at both events.
For more information, visit: www.enablingthefuture.org
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced its latest industrial webinar, "Complexity is Free," an in-depth look at how 3DS' advanced metal 3D printers enable manufacturers to leverage the unlimited complexity afforded by 3D printing to optimize the form and function of structural components. Through a series of real-world examples, attendees will see first-hand how 3D printing defies the limitations set by traditional manufacturing, allowing companies in a variety of industries to make end-use metal parts that weigh less, hold up to more stress and offer better performance characteristics, and operate more safely. This free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at 11 am EDT (5 pm CET).
Freed from tooling clearances and other design limitations, manufacturers increasingly turn to 3DS' Direct Metal Printers (DMP) to produce highly complex, fully dense metal parts on demand. In just a matter of hours, engineers can create a superior part or functional assembly that is a ready to install into the most demanding end-use applications, from automotive to aerospace to personalized medical and dental care. Using 3DS' DMP printers, companies can print in a variety of metals, including aluminum, stainless steel, tool steel, cobalt chromium, titanium, and many other alloys. In addition, companies can also bring the advantage of 3D printed mass complexity to their casting processes with 3D printed patterns.
"We haven't yet realized the full potential of 3D printing, especially in the industrial arena. Designing for 3D printing requires a change in how we think about design," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product Management, 3DS. "This webinar will show attendees that they can dream big without making sacrifices. New economies, better products, better functionality, vastly streamlined workflows, less post-production assembly—it's all possible with 3D printing."
This webinar will feature David Anderson of Exact Engineering who will share how he redesigned a critical aerospace bracket, reducing weight by 40%, while making the part stiffer than the original. Experts from solidThinking, a leading provider of design optimization software, will also demonstrate how easily structural components can be refined and 3D printed. Using solidThinking's Inspire software and the unlimited complexity enabled by 3D printing, designers and engineers can cut unnecessary weight and material from parts, exponentially improving performance and safety.
For more information or to register, visit: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8080643371246131969
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it acquired Easyway Design and Manufacture Co. in China, including its wholly owned subsidiaries comprising the Easyway Group, creating 3D Systems China. Easyway is a leading Chinese 3D printing sales and service provider with key operations in Shanghai, Wuxi, Beijing, Guangdong and Chongqing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are excited to become part of 3D Systems, a leading provider of the most complete portfolio of 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today,” said May Zhou, General Manager, Easyway. “We plan to leverage our collective knowledge and experience for the benefit of our customers by building a stronger local presence and immediately delivering the full range of 3DS products throughout China.”
Easyway brings to 3DS extensive and experienced greater China sales and service coverage, substantial service bureau production capabilities and long-term, key relationships with leading Chinese automotive, medical and consumer goods companies, including VW, Nissan, Philips, Omron, Black & Decker, Panasonic and Honeywell.
Concurrently, the company today announced the formation of 3D Systems China under the capable leadership of May Zhou, Easyway’s founder. The acquisition provides 3DS with a strong platform to scale its in-country Quickparts custom manufacturing operations and multiplexes its 3D printing reseller coverage.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Easyway and together expand our business in China,” commented Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS. “With operations in key Chinese cities and well-established 3D printing sales and service bureau operations, Easyway represents the cornerstone of our expansion plans for China.”
“We believe that the strong relationship and strategic fit between our companies, combined with Easyway’s on-the-ground infrastructure, coverage and deep customer relationships, could present significant benefits for our customers, sizeable growth opportunities for us and long term value for our shareholders,” concluded Reichental.
For more information, visit: www.rpeasyway.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that more than 10,000 disabled dogs are now able to run faster, jump higher and play harder thanks to 3D printed metal orthopedic knee implants that the Company manufactured for Rita Leibinger Medical. Digitally designed and 3D fabricated titanium implants empower veterinarians to compress the treatment-to-recovery cycle of a common, but difficult-to-solve problem in dogs' legs, underscoring the power of 3D printing to improve the quality of life for all.
The patent pending TTA RAPID™ (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) implant effectively repairs damage to cruciate ligaments in dogs' hind legs caused by trauma, degeneration or genetics. This revolutionary treatment begins with a 3D printed implant that is inserted into the dog's lower leg, reorganizing the mechanical forces of the bones and creating dynamic knee stability without the need to repair the damaged ligament. In success, dogs – from Jack Russells to Great Danes – are able to walk and run freely six weeks after surgery.
"It is heartbreaking to see your dog in so much pain that he or she can barely walk," said Rita Leibinger, owner and founder of Rita Leibinger Medical. "With this implant we experienced faster, more successful surgery and a faster recovery period. It is gratifying to see progress like this improve the lives of these animals and their families."
The key to this ground breaking implant's success is its complex, open structure that promotes rapid bone ingrowth, with less risk of infection. Rita Leibinger Medical teamed up with 3DS to manufacture these proprietary titanium implants in its state-of-the-art healthcare manufacturing facility in Leuven, Belgium, while the surgical technique was perfected in collaboration with Dr. Yves Samoy from Ghent University in Belgium.
"With 3D printing complexity is free, which is critical to unlocking performance and efficacy in the medical field," said Kevin McAlea, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Products, 3DS. "Unlike traditional manufacturing, there is no penalty for complexity or scale, so we are able to produce a wide range of implant sizes quickly and economically. 3D printing is the clear choice for better functional and scalable solutions, in healthcare and beyond."
A year after an initial European release and subsequent distribution in the U.S., the Rita Leibinger Medical TTA Rapid implant is poised for worldwide release and the team is working on scaled down implants for smaller dogs and cats.
RITA LEIBINGER GmbH & Co. KG is a family owned and family run company. The headquarter is located in South-West Germany near the Black Forrest. The Leibinger Family has a long history and experience in the medical business starting with Rita's father Oswald Leibinger who was a highly recognized entrepreneur in human medicine. The RITA LEIBINGER business is focused on innovative veterinary medical products. Now the company is the worlds leading supplier for 3D printed Knee and Spinal Implants for companion animals.
For more information, visit: www.leibinger-medical.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has been awarded two research contracts worth over $1 million dollars to develop advanced aerospace and defense 3D printing manufacturing capabilities at convincing scale. These contracts are administered by America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) and funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The two contracts leverage 3DS’ proprietary Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Direct Metal 3D Printing (DMP) portfolio to meet the most demanding advanced manufacturing road map of the United States Air Force. Together with some of the nation’s leading military suppliers—including Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin—3D Systems will develop a precision closed loop and advanced manufacturing and monitoring platform, designed to deliver the accuracy, functionality and repeatability specifications demanded for flight worthy aerospace parts.
“The collaborative and forward looking initiative of America Makes members is driving extraordinary strides in 3D printing centric advanced manufacturing for this important industry,” commented Ralph Resnick, America Makes founding director and executive director. “America Makes is grateful for the support and funding from AFRL to enable important research like this.”
The first contract is led by 3DS, in partnership with the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Manufacturing (UDCCM), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO). The project is designed to integrate predictive technologies with 3DS’ SLS 3D printers to dynamically monitor parts at the layer level during the manufacturing process, ensuring optimum accuracy and repeatability of manufactured aerospace parts.
The second contract, in collaboration with the Applied Research Laboratory of Pennsylvania State University in partnership with Honeywell International and Northrop Grumman Corporation, leverages 3DS’ Direct Metal 3D printing. As a result of this project, aerospace and defense manufacturers will gain full control of every aspect of the direct metal manufacturing process at the layer level, delivering fully dense, chemically pure, flight worthy metals parts.
“These important research projects will position leading industry manufacturers to 3D print high-performance precision parts at convincing scale with enhanced functionality,” said Neal Orringer, Vice President of Alliances & Partnerships, 3DS. “3D Systems pioneered the use of advanced manufacturing for aerospace and defense applications and is proud to work with such esteemed partners to further advance these technologies and meet and exceed the future demands of the Air Force.”
Both projects are set to commence in early 2015.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it is previewing the CocoJet™, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company, at the 2015 International CES, at Sands Expo, booth 72225. Ideal for the baker or chocolatier, the CocoJet prints custom designs in dark, milk or white chocolate.
CocoJet is the latest result of 3DS’ partnership with The Hershey Company. It debuted at the 3D Chocolate Candy printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World on December 19, 2014, as the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in operation. The collaboration explores ways to incorporate 3D chocolate printing into Hershey’s Chocolate World live experience and provides valuable market research on the consumer applications for chocolate 3D printing. The company intends to share its commercial plans for this class of chocolate 3D printers at a later date.
“Our partnership with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confections, allows us to create unique, exciting and personalized edible experiences,” said Chuck Hull, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, 3DS. “Our preview of CocoJet at CES showcases the power and possibilities of 3D printing, and extends our experience and innovation in culinary 3D printing.”
“We are now using 3D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “3D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and we look forward to continued development of this amazing technology.”
3DS is also showcasing its ChefJet series, the first professional-grade food 3D printers, in its CES 2015 booth. The full-color ChefJet™ Pro will be food certified and produce edible 3D printed candies and decor. Built from 3DS’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology, the ChefJet Pro is equipped with intuitive, chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software and creates intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. The ChefJet Pro is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2015.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro® C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects’ technology. The company did not disclose the terms of the transaction, but expects it to be accretive to its 2015 results. The company invites International CES 2015 attendees to experience its revolutionary CubePro C for the first time this week at the 3DS booth, located at the Sands Expo, booth 72225.
botObjects pioneered the first 3D desktop printer using PlasticJet Printing (PJP) that offers true full-color 3D printing, significantly expanding the palette of possibilities for what designers, artists and engineers create, from prototypes to products. botObjects also invented a proprietary 5-color CMYKW cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors on the fly to generate vibrant color combinations and gradient transitions.
The botObjects ProDesk3D will immediately be folded into 3DS’s new CubePro C printer family and deliver a true full-color experience at the affordable price of $4,990, with greater accuracy and speed than any comparable desktop 3D printer on the market today. The new CubePro C is capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material.
“Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn’t have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources,” said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO, botObjects. “Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster.”
“We are thrilled to add groundbreaking full-color with ultra thin-layer and high-speed technology from botObjects to our expanding consumer and prosumer 3D printing portfolio,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “We are even more excited to team up with botObjects founders, Martin Warner and Mike Duma, and together democratize the availability of this powerful 3D printer and accelerate its adoption globally.”
Under the capable and experienced leadership of Martin Warner, who was named Vice President, General Manager botObjects for 3DS, the company plans to fulfill all of its current backorders for the recently introduced ProDesk3D as it concurrently transitions to the new CubePro C line and substantially expands its desktop reach globally. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015. The CubePro C line joins 3DS’ desktop portfolio that includes the CubePro and Cube line of 3D printers and Sense 3D scanning products, which are ideal for a variety of professional desktops from engineers to designers and architects, as well as users at home and students at school.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com
America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is proud to announce the awardees of three Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) funded Special Topic Project Calls. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes will award more than $2.12 million in AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division funding toward these projects with $998K in matching cost share from the awarded project teams for total funding worth $3.12 million.
According to Ed Morris, America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President, “The need to issue Special Topic Project Calls was identified during the development of our strategic technology investment plan, the America Makes Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap, which aligns industry needs and sets investment priorities. America Makes is grateful to the AFRL team for their funding and support in enabling the America Makers member community to pursue these research and development projects. Currently, with the addition of these three Special Topic Project Calls to the projects underway from our first and second Project Calls, America Makes will soon have a portfolio worth more than $48 million in public and private funds invested in advancing the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing (AM) in the United States.”
The three Special Topic Project Calls focus on areas of particular interest to AFRL, including closed-loop process control, open source protocol, and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of complex structures.
“The submitted proposals from the America Makes member community for the Special Topic Project Calls were well-thought-out and addressed the topics and focus areas in depth, exploring some exciting methodologies,” said John Wilczynski, America Makes Deputy Director of Technology Development. “The America Makes review team spent a great deal of time and engaged in much discussion during the down-select process to determine the final five awardees.”
Subject to the finalization of all contractual details and requirements, the selected America Makes Special Topic Project Call Awardees are as follows:
Special Topic – Powder Bed Fusion of Thermoplastics Closed-Loop Process Control
Awardee #1: 3D Systems
Led by 3D Systems, in partnership with the University of Delaware – Center for Composite Manufacturing (UD-CCM), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), and Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO), this project will strive to enable the broader adoption of thermoplastic powder bed fusion in the manufacturing process by including a predictive modeling scheme into a closed-loop hardware/software integrated engineered system to control key process parameters in-situ and solve inherent processing challenges. UD-CCM’s predictive model based solution will build upon and integrate SNL’s materials nanoscale simulation capabilities. 3D Systems, leveraging Lockheed Martin and Sandia’s process sensor selection knowledge and AM systems integration experience, will instrument a 3D Systems’ SLS (selective laser sintering) production machine to successfully demonstrate feasibility and a transition path to commercializing this approach.
Awardee #2: University of Texas – Austin
Led by the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership Harvest/Stratasys, this project will address the need to rapidly advance the use of closed-loop process control for powder bed fusion (PBF) of thermoplastics. The project aims to take this AM technology to a level where very repeatable and certifiable process results can be obtained through the demonstration of feedback control in PBF for improved part quality and performance predictability, while reducing sensitivity to variations in build conditions across different machines and even within a single build process. UT Austin invented the PBF process and, more recently, designed and fabricated a high temperature test-bed for PBF with feedback control as a central part of its architecture. Harvest/Stratasys is one of the largest thermoplastic PBF service bureaus and is at the forefront of production level quality control for polymer AM.
Special Topic – Open Source Process Control for Powder Bed Additive Manufacturing Research
Awardee #1: GE Global Research
Led by GE Global Research, in partnership with GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center (ADC), and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), this project will develop, document, and demonstrate open-source protocols and machine controllers for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (PBFAM) on commercial and custom-made metal additive machines. Central to this effort are two new protocols that will be developed with input from the open-source PBFAM community: a LAYER Protocol and a SCAN Protocol. The decision to adopt separate LAYER and SCAN protocols is a strategic endeavor to gain fast international acceptance because both protocols will be simple, scalable, comprehensive, extensible, and independent of PBFAM machine type. To accelerate development, the team will leverage existing open-source layering software in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. Once the protocols are established, three open-source programs will be developed to demonstrate fabrication of parts from STL files.
Awardee #2: Pennsylvania State University
Led by the Pennsylvania State University, in partnership with Honeywell International Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, and 3D Systems, Inc., this project will develop and demonstrate an open, layered protocol for PBFAM. The proposed layered, open protocol will define a set of communication constructs used within a cyber-physical system. Each layer of the proposed protocol will define an aspect of the data and communication constructs required to define and execute a powder bed deposition process. It will also enable specification and extraction of scan path and process data and communication between a PBFAM system and other heterogeneous systems. The proposed efforts will leverage ongoing programs at the Center for Innovative Materials Processing though Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) at Penn State. Through the collaboration with 3D Systems, Honeywell, and Northrop Grumman, the protocol will be developed and then implemented and demonstrated at CIMP-3D on a commercial 3D Systems PBFAM machine. Access to the open protocol will allow researchers access to critical data for modeling, sensing, control, and process optimization and enable industry to enhance qualification and certification efforts, as well as more-efficiently innovate PBFAM process and materials development.
Special Topic – Non-Destructive Evaluation of Complex Metallic Additive Manufactured Structures
Led by EWI, this project will pursue the application of established non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques in the inspection of AM components made from titanium and nickel-based alloys and those components fabricated using two AM processes, Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM). With input from industry, a matrix of planar and volumetric flaws and internal nonconformities will be prepared for implantation into the selected AM components. The study will also involve qualification of DMLM and EBM processes to fabricate imbedded planar and volumetric flaws with predetermined type, location and dimensions. Up to 128 coupons with artificial and AM flaws will be manufactured and tested to qualify the flaw fabrication specifications and procedures. Among various NDE modalities, X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) was selected and will be performed to examine the specimens and components with representative AM flaws and conditions. The design and optimization of AM flaw matrix in selected components will be aided by computer modeling and simulation of X-ray CT performance indicating possibly the worst and the best inspection scenarios.
“I want to congratulate the America Makes community and our Special Topic Project Call awardees, as well as recognize the AFRL team for their support and funding,” said America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director Ralph Resnick. “Through the collaborative efforts of the America Makes member community, we are making extraordinary strides in advancing AM and 3DP technologies.”
The anticipated start date of the Special Topic Projects is early 2015.
For more information, visit: www.americamakes.us
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) and Cimatron Ltd. (NASDAQ: CIMT) announced a definitive agreement under which 3DS will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cimatron for $8.97 per share in cash, subject to certain adjustments for Cimatron transaction expenses, for a total of approximately $97 million, inclusive of its net cash.
The combination of Cimatron’s products with 3DS’ portfolio, strengthens 3DS’ position in the fast-growing 3D design and manufacturing space. The transaction adds complementary products and technology and extends 3DS’ direct and reseller sales coverage globally.
“We believe that the perfect strategic fit between our businesses, combined with expanded capabilities in product development, channel coverage and marketing, could present sizeable synergies that together offer significant long-term customer benefits and shareholder value,” commented Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS.
Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated 3D CAD/CAM software products and solutions for manufacturing. Cimatron’s products are used by a growing number of companies worldwide for their 3D production molds, tools and dies in a wide variety of functional end-use manufacturing applications. With two major product lines, CimatronE and GibbsCAM®, Cimatron caters to all manufacturing sectors. CimatronE is an integrated CAD/CAM solution for toolmakers and manufacturers of discrete parts, which provides full associativity across the manufacturing process from quoting, through design and up to delivery. GibbsCAM, the CAM industry's recognized ease-of-use leader, offers simple to use, yet extremely powerful, solutions for programming multi-axis CNC machine tools.
“We are delighted to combine our leading 3D CAD/CAM software products with 3DS’ expanding design and manufacturing digital thread,” said Danny Haran, CEO of Cimatron. “We have always been focused on providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles and shorten product delivery time, and as part of 3DS we can substantially accelerate our progress and extend our reach and impact.”
"Our entire Board of Directors is proud of Cimatron and its management’s long term success in building a great company with leading products that create sustained customer and shareholder value, and are grateful to have been part of guiding this journey," added Yossi Ben Shalom, Chairman of the Board of Cimatron.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including requisite regulatory approvals and the approval of Cimatron’s shareholders. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the proposed transaction. The companies expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2015.
For more information, visit: www.cimatron.com
3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) announced the immediate availability of the ProX™ 800, the latest in the company’s production-level Stereolithography (SLA®) 3D printers. The ProX 800 production SLA printer features a revolutionary new laser print head and print material management system to lower the total cost of ownership. A new industrial design reduces the printer’s footprint by up to 50%, doubling production output per unit of floor space, without sacrificing print volume or maximum part size capabilities. An upgraded easy-load resin module and integrated touchscreen controls make it easy to use.
This new production SLA printer offers high-quality, high-resolution 3D printed parts and a large print volume, allowing 3D printing service bureaus as well as automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer products, and dental and medical device manufacturers to boost production capabilities. Users can quickly create large parts or a vast number of small parts with the exceptional detail, surface finish and overall accuracy they’ve come to expect from 3DS’ SLA.
“The ProX 800 is designed for serious volume production with the highest precision, highest accuracy and broadest array of functional plastic materials in 3D printing. Its large build volume is equally capable across both big and small parts while delivering the lowest part cost and lowest total cost of ownership available in a production grade printer,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3DS. “We continue to innovate SLA technology, and have made it more economical and efficient than ever before.”
This new production 3D printer improves the already legendary reliability of SLA with new features including:
For parts small and large, the ProX 800 prints with no loss of resolution or accuracy. Whether it’s being used for dental guides, end-use plastic housings or huge casting patterns, users benefit from part accuracy that rivals traditional machining.
The ProX 800 combines the benefits of material versatility and a highly efficient, eco-friendly 3D printer, allowing manufacturers to do more while saving money. In addition to high-quality plastic, the ProX 800 features biocompatible materials approved for surgical applications, CastPro casting pattern material for creating direct casting patterns without tooling, clear plastics for prototype applications, and high heat materials for heat deflection up to 260 degrees Celsius. The ProX 800 prints each of these materials efficiently with very little material waste, all in a machine with the lowest cost of operation for high-capacity 3D printing.
“It’s not enough to only create high-quality prints anymore. Our customers need a dependable 3D printer, something that they can count on regardless of part size and material requirements,” said Byrum. “That’s what the ProX 800 delivers. It’s the versatile workhorse for a huge range of industrial applications.”
The ProX 800 SLA production printer is immediately available and will be on display at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11, along with 3DS’ latest 3D printers, advanced material options, cloud-sourced custom parts and digital thread of 3D capture, creation, print and inspection tools.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/proxtm-800
The community based 3D model marketplace CGTrader and the pioneering 3D printing company 3D Systems have teamed up to bring digital content creators an art challenge, striving to refill 3D designers’ creative well with fresh ideas.
It’s already clear that 3D printing will disrupt a wide range of different industries, everything from medicine to military. And yet, when analysts turn their gaze to art, it’s an entirely different story. In art, 3D printing is a fantastic tool allowing creatives to encapsulate their visions and create new experiences for the end user. However, its aim is not to revolutionize or hijack the creative process, but to supplement the art field as a technological advancement, giving designers and artists the sole ingredient required for groundbreaking creative product freedom and means to materialize any idea.
Having recently celebrated a major 100,000th user milestone, CGTrader is focused on offering its growing community a well rounded experience that includes all essential aspects from unique challenges to exclusive sales data. This time, joining forces with one of the biggest market players 3D Systems, known for its innovative and pioneering approach to technology, the company hopes to inject some inspiration into the 3D printed art field.
Marius Kalytis, the founder and CEO of CGTrader said: “The vast sea of opportunities made possible with the adoption of 3D printing is even more promising when this technology lands in the hands of 3D artists. We are exceptionally excited about the art challenge because we’ve partnered with 3D Systems, one of the market leaders, and that should send a strong message to all participants. Conventional designs won’t do this time.”
The challenge focuses on bringing art closer to home, so all designs that explore the ways people can artsy up their living space will be accepted: think furniture, wall art, sculpture, product design or home decor. Among other valuable prizes, the winner of the best portfolio category will be awarded the amazing CubePro printer (worth $2,799) and the creator of the best model will receive the 3Doodler pen.
For more information, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges/3d-systems-art-challenge
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced it will offer a preview of its latest industrial Direct Metal Printing (DMP) system, the ProX™ 400, at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ProX 400 gives aerospace and automotive companies, medical implant makers, tool & die makers and service bureaus the power to print high-quality, end-use metal parts faster and more economically than traditional processes allow. For parts up to 500 X 500 X 500 mm3, the ProX 400 produces strong, fully dense metals and exceptional surface finish, and it does so without the complexity of multi-step machining or the time and expense of tooling. The ProX 400 sets the standard for high-capacity metal 3D printing, producing precise parts in a multitude of alloys.
“Our direct metal 3D printers are known throughout the industry for precision and mechanical properties that rival precision machined parts from billet,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “With the ProX 400 we’ve added best-in-class productivity to go along with the accuracy, surface finish and metal quality of our other direct metal printers. That’s a winning combination for everyone from engine builders to aircraft manufacturers, as well as service bureaus doing one-off specialty metal components.”
A breakthrough tool for a multitude of metals applications and project requirements, the ProX 400 is capable of printing in more than a dozen alloys, including stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt chrome, titanium and maraging steel. This material selection, along with the enlarged, 500 X 500 X 500 mm3 print volume, means the ProX 400 is ready for whatever you can throw at it. The ProX 400 also ramps up the speed of industrial-grade metal 3D printing with a two-laser system that increases throughput and a modular design that makes it easy to turnaround print jobs in a little as 15 minutes. This fast, high-volume metals manufacturing printer offers simple, automated post-processing and material recycling features for advanced productivity.
“Our Direct Metal Printers and the ProX 400 are redefining metal manufacturing and the products they go into,” said Reichental. “Aerospace companies can make lighter weight parts that are simpler, require fewer assembly steps and offer better reliability. Manufacturers can create geometrically complex parts that could never be cast or machined. Medical device makers can print bio-compatible, patient-specific surgical implants in a manner that is scalable and cost efficient. The ProX 400 is changing the metal manufacturing paradigm from A to Z.”
The ProX 400 will be previewed at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11. Commercial availability of the ProX 400 will be announced at a future date.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/proxtm-400
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new Geomagic® Sculpt™ 3D modeling software with Touch™ haptic 3D stylus. Geomagic Sculpt erases the boundaries of solid modeling, empowering the freedom of designing complex, curvy and organic shapes. With precise positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting, the Touch 3D stylus adds the ability to literally feel what is being created. Touch uses the power of haptics to allow users to feel every shape, every texture and every curve in design creations. Together, they are the most intuitive way to design functional and beautiful products, and enhance existing product design workflows.
Geomagic Sculpt with Touch 3D Stylus Features:
Geomagic Sculpt with the included Touch 3D stylus is available immediately through 3DS’ resellers of Geomagic software. A free trial of the software is also available.
For more information, visit: www.geomagic.com/en/products/sculpt/overview
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced that it has appointed Mark Wright as its Chief Operating Officer. In this new role, Mark will work closely with the CEO and other senior leaders to scale the company’s commercial and manufacturing operations and leverage its recent investments into sustainable, profitable growth.
“We are privileged to have an executive of Mark’s experience join our team, as we turn our attention to fine tuning and scaling our operations,” said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS. “I am certain that Mark’s considerable talents will help take our business to the next level.”
Mark joins 3D Systems after an accomplished 18-year career at EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), a Fortune 500 provider of web-based computing systems and data storage products. Mark previously served as COO for EMC’s Flash Product Division and has held several roles as Senior Vice President of Operations. Most recently, Mark served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Operations – Lenovo, where he was tasked with developing a multi-billion dollar relationship in anticipation of the IBM System X acquisition closure. Mark also led EMC’s high-profile collaboration with Dell, growing the partnership into a billion dollar plus business.
To 3D Systems, Mark brings a diversified wealth of expertise that includes worldwide sales, operations, commercial strategy, process improvements, M&A, integration and business development.
“Mark’s experience in managing fast-moving, high-tech, global businesses will be a tremendous asset to 3D Systems as we step up the execution of our profitable growth initiatives,” concluded Reichental.
3D Systems also announced that Peter Theran joined the company as its Vice President, Consumer Retail and will lead the expansion of the company’s consumer products into new retail markets. Peter’s charter is to broaden the reach and penetration of 3DS’ latest consumer products, services and experiences including its Cube 3 and CubePro printers and its expanding portfolio of perceptual devices and online Cubify experiences.
“We are thrilled to have a person of Peter’s considerable experience and stellar track record join our senior leadership ranks to lead one of our emerging growth businesses,” said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS.
Peter comes to 3DS after a distinguished consumer and retail career, anchored by a 20-year service at Bose Corporation, where he managed reseller, retail and web businesses representing $350M in annual revenue. Peter brings with him deep experience in product management, marketing, sales operations and a proven record of developing differentiated markets for new consumer products.
“It is fortuitous to have a person of Peter’s caliber at the helm, just as our latest consumer products are shipping. With several inbound retail opportunities at hand and as positive new products reviews abound, the stage is set for accelerated growth,” concluded Reichental.
As part of its consumer products expansion, 3DS is participating in the new Intel Experience that is featured exclusively in 50 Best Buy retail stores across the United States. As the 3D printing pioneer and leader, 3DS is showcasing its new Cube 3 printers which will be printing live in stores and available for purchase at select Best Buy stores and online from BestBuy.com.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired Belgium-based LayerWise, a leading provider of advanced direct metal 3D printing and manufacturing services. LayerWise delivers quick-turn, 3D-printed metal parts, manufactured on its own proprietary line of direct metal 3D printers, for aerospace, high-precision equipment and medical and dental customers. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to 3DS’ cash generation. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are delighted to integrate our proprietary direct metal technology and processes into 3D Systems’ leading portfolio of products and services,” said Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, one of LayerWise’s founders. “With its culture of continuous innovation dating back to its founder Chuck Hull, the inventor of the first 3D printing technology, and its commitment to advancing direct metal 3D technology and medical device services, 3DS is the perfect fit for our company and strengthens our combined growth potential.”
Since 2008, LayerWise has designed and built its own direct metal 3D printers. Its proprietary powder-to-solid metal printers can produce functional metal parts at convincing production scale. LayerWise’s direct metal printers deliver relative part density of up to 99.98% and match conventional metals mechanical properties, at substantial unit weight reduction. These capabilities have led to rapid adoption of LayerWise manufacturing services by medical device, transportation and precision equipment customers for whom weight-reduction, strength and accuracy are paramount.
“The addition of LayerWise, with its award-winning direct metal printing technology, automated manufacturing processes at convincing scale and leading medical devices services, extends our first mover advantage in these high-growth areas substantially, to the immediate benefit of our aerospace, automotive and medical device customers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS.
LayerWise will operate under the continued leadership of co-founders Jonas Van Vaerenbergh and Peter Mercelis and immediately pursue new projects in its high-end target markets, taking full advantage of the global market leadership of 3DS by leveraging the combined resources and expertise to advance the entire portfolio further and faster.
As a pioneer in the direct metal printing process, LayerWise is the leading company for 3D printing of high-quality metal parts in serial production. The focus is on creating added value for its customers, by implementing LayerWise' proprietary metal 3D print solutions and engineering know-how to increase the efficiency and performance of the products. LayerWise achieves this by offering co-engineering and full production and finishing services in many high quality metal alloys. Besides high-tech industries, LayerWise has strong presence in the medical and dental industries where LayerWise manufactures revolutionary orthopedic, maxillofacial and dental prostheses.
For more information, visit: www.layerwise.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has opened its new innovation center and software development facility in Cary, North Carolina. With 22,000 square feet of dedicated R&D space, the new center supports the full range of Geomagic® software products, as well as the development of new scanning capabilities for 3DS’ latest perceptual devices, including Sense™ and Capture™.
“This new innovation center showcases our ongoing commitment to providing the best 3D engineering, design and printing software tools available, with a focus on affordability and usability,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President and General Manager Geomagic Solutions for 3DS. “We are reinventing the engineer's desktop and workflow, providing a seamless digital thread that extends from physical photography, scan-based design and inspection to 3D printing.”
The new facility also boasts a comprehensive 3D design-to-print showroom and training facilities, providing interactive engagements and live demonstrations for customers, resellers and partners.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired American Precision Prototyping (APP) and sister company American Precision Machining (APM), both expert providers of rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing, product development and engineering services, further extending its service bureau operations in the United States. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, APP and APM bring over 24 years of combined advanced prototyping and manufacturing service bureau experience to 3DS with significant aerospace presence. Their production capabilities include a strong regional infrastructure and long-term, key relationships with companies in the sector.
“APP and APM bring a wealth of experience and bench strength in both advanced manufacturing and the aerospace industry that is highly complementary to our offerings,” said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts for 3DS. “This acquisition further enhances our North American capabilities and expertise.”
“3D Systems is, bar none, the recognized leader in advanced manufacturing with an exceptional track record in providing the highest quality parts services globally,” said Jason Dickman, President of APP. “We have been a long-standing customer of 3DS’ SLA and SLS printers, materials and software, and we couldn't be more excited to join the team as it positions us to provide unparalleled parts services to our customers far into the future.”
American Precision Prototyping, LLC (APP) is a privately held services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA that provides high-quality, fast-turn rapid prototype and rapid manufactured parts.
APP has changed the way companies quote and purchase rapid prototype and rapid manufactured parts. APP is not just an online broker selling a fast online quote system. APP owns the equipment used to manufacture your parts and employs the staff that will work with you on your project from start to finish. Our Free Instant Online Quote System is a convenience tool that puts you in control of the quotation process. Our In-House manufacturing ensures the highest quality and our 100% quality guarantee makes any transaction with APP risk-free.
For more information, visit: www.approto.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its 3D printers and materials. The addition of this new manufacturing and distribution center is part of the company’s previously announced expansion, which is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs over time.
This move will consolidate and strengthen all existing Rock Hill based manufacturing and distribution operations in support of the company’s rapidly expanding range of 3D printers and materials. The company plans to expand its R&D and engineering operations using freed-up space in its current headquarters building.
3DS recently opened its Rock Hill 3D innovation and learning center, designed to showcase the growing impact of its pioneering advanced manufacturing technology in key applications, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, education and the 3D-printed lifestyle. This interactive center showcases 3DS’ entire range of products, tools and solutions and the endless possibilities that they create for customers, resellers and partners around the world.
“Our continued Rock Hill expansion underscores our commitment to localized manufacturing, demonstrating through our actions that what is designed locally can be built locally,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “This investment is in direct response to the growing demand for our professional printers.”
The company expects its new facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2015. Those interested in job opportunities with 3DS should visit the company’s careers webpage at www.3dsystems.com/careers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired Laser Reproductions, a provider of advanced manufacturing product development and engineering services, further extending its Quickparts operations in the United States. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Laser Reproductions brings to 3DS three decades of advanced manufacturing service bureau experience with substantial production capabilities that are rooted in regional infrastructure and supported by long-term, key relationships with regional blue chip companies.
"Laser Reproductions has a wealth of experience and bench strength that is highly complementary to our Quickparts offering," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts for 3DS. "This acquisition further enhances our on-demand, quick-turn cloud manufacturing services and drives accelerated adoption of our solutions through meaningful new customer relationships. We are delighted to add such powerful regional capabilities to our growing North American footprint."
"3D Systems is the recognized leader in advanced manufacturing and has an exceptional track record in providing the highest quality parts services globally," said Paul Bordner, President of Laser Reproductions. "Having relied on 3D Systems' hardware, software and devices for years, we couldn't be more excited to join the 3DS team and be in a position to provide unrivaled parts services to our customers long into the future."
The company welcomes the entire Laser Reproductions team under the continued leadership of Paul Bordner and plans to immediately integrate it into its expanding Quickparts operations.
Laser Reproductions is a leading provider of rapid prototyping, manufacturing, product development and stereolithography services to industrial design firms, original equipment manufacturers, inventors and architects. By combining today's leading processes, a vast production capacity and deep expertise in design engineering, they deliver innovative solutions that rapidly bring ideas to life. Laser Reproductions' full-service capabilities include today's leading Rapid Prototyping processes and Tooling and Manufacturing services. With corporate headquarters located in Columbus, Ohio, Laser Reproductions is centrally located to serve companies throughout the United States.
For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Simbionix for $120 million in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Simbionix is the global leader in 3D virtual reality surgical simulation and training with 60+ interventional procedures across 8 specialties through 16 simulation platforms — a complementary building block that expands 3DS’s breadth and reach within the open-ended 3D healthcare field.
“Simbionix is a perfect match for our healthcare business and its powerful technology, products, channels and domain expertise expands our 3D healthcare capabilities from the training room to the operating room, and extends our first mover advantage in this fast growing vertical,” said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with a research and development center in Israel, Simbionix pioneered patient-specific simulation with FDA-cleared solutions that are changing the way preparation for individual surgeries are carried out. Its proprietary simulation and training products are revolutionizing the way physicians practice and master surgical procedures with improved learning that can favorably impact patient outcomes.
“3D Systems is the recognized 3D healthcare leader and they have an exceptional track record of commercially deploying innovative virtual surgery and medical device products and services,” said Gary Zamler, Simbionix Corporation CEO. “We couldn't be more excited to join this fine organization and look forward to accelerate our growth by enhancing the entire 3D digital thread for the benefit of our customers worldwide.”
The recent acquisition of industry leader Medical Modeling brought to 3DS world-class clinical capabilities in Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®), guiding and instrumenting of complex personalized surgical procedures, production at scale of 3D printed implants, and delivery of a wide variety of 3D printed patient-specific medical devices.
In addition to synergistic technology and products, Simbionix brings to 3DS global sales channels and deep clinical relationships to accelerate the adoption of best medical practices, to advance clinical performance, and to optimize procedural outcomes. The company’s products can be found in simulation centers, hospitals, colleges and other educational facilities in over 60 countries.
The company plans to operate Simbionix under the continued leadership of Gary Zamler, CEO of Simbionix, who will become Vice President and General Manager, Simbionix Products for 3DS and immediately pursue synergistic integration opportunities leveraging the combined resources and expertise to advance 3DS’ healthcare portfolio further and faster.
For more information, visit: www.simbionix.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its iSense™ 3D scanner for iPad is immediately available for pre-order on Cubify™ and through affiliated retailers, resellers and distributors with commercial shipments to commence in the second half of July. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the iSense is ideal for physical photography on the go, empowering users to easily capture and readily 3D print their memorable moments. Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense scans wirelessly in seconds for an easy capture experience.
As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to Cubify for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.
Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense software, the iSense gives you the freedom to scan anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a digital copy of the real thing.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) to distribute its complete 3D printing product portfolio through Konica Minolta’s nationwide network of dealers and authorized resellers, as well as its direct sales channel. This relationship marks Konica Minolta as the first original equipment manufacturer to sell, support and service 3D printing products through the traditional printer and office equipment channel in the United States.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is a leader in enterprise content management, technology optimization and cloud services with solutions that help organizations improve their speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity.
With this alliance, Konica Minolta will enter the rapidly emerging 3D printing market to provide its customers access to additive manufacturing solutions, complementing and expanding its product and services portfolio distributed through its network of dealers in the U.S., as well as its direct distribution. Konica Minolta plans to focus on high-growth industries such as manufacturing/industrial, healthcare and education applications.
“Our goal is to arm our nationwide, exceptional sales organization with the cutting-edge products and services they need to grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “By teaming up with 3DS, the recognized industry leader, and offering the most comprehensive suite of 3D printers materials and services, we’re able to do just that.”
Some of the first products that Konica Minolta will resell from 3D Systems include:
“We are thrilled to be able to work with an established and experienced partner like Konica Minolta U.S.A and access their nationwide network to accelerate 3D printing adoption,” said Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer, 3DS. “Our ability to attract world class organizations like Konica Minolta sets us apart from competitors and provides a unique opportunity to serve a wider range of customers, maintain closer relationships with them and gain insights into how to better meet their needs.”
For more information, visit: kmbs.konicaminolta.us/wps/portal/web/home/products/3d-printers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired CRDM, Ltd., a leading UK provider of rapid prototyping and rapid tooling services based in Bucks, England. The company intends to immediately integrate CRDM into its global Quickparts Solutions custom parts and manufacturing services. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
CRDM, Ltd. designs, prototypes and manufactures parts and tooling for a variety of automotive, aerospace, medical device and motorsports applications, including F1. With almost two decades of experience and a loyal customer base, CRDM extends 3D Systems' offerings and its footprint in the UK, further positioning the company at the center of the rapidly growing, direct manufacturing opportunity.
"CRDM is a strategic and geographically important addition to our rapidly growing 3D content-to-print services portfolio," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts Solutions, 3D Systems. "With a proven track record in advanced manufacturing and rapid tooling, CRDM complements and expands our extensive range of custom parts services."
For more information, visit: www.crdm.co.uk
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Cubify® Sculpt, a powerful virtual clay sculpting tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, intuitive sculpting delight for everyone. Cubify Sculpt, powered by 3D Systems' volumetric CAD engine, is ideal for the freeforming of organic shapes with ready-to-print output.
Cubify Sculpt packs a powerful feature set that includes embossing with textures, adding color with paint for full color 3D printing, intuitive push and pull tools to sculpt in virtual clay and accurate symmetry settings for designing organic shapes. The mash up feature empowers users to import multiple designs to create larger and more complex objects. Cubify Sculpt designs are 3D print-ready for at-home printing or cloud printing with materials like Cubify Ceramix and Cubify Colorstone. Cubify Sculpt accepts STL, OBJ and PLY file formats. 3D Systems plans to fully integrate Cubify Sculpt into its expanding Cubify platform and to its award winning Cube and CubeX 3D printer experiences with direct plugins.
"Cubify Sculpt shifts the 3D modeling tools paradigm, making design for instant 3D printing something everyone can do," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President & General Manager Consumer Products for 3D Systems. "Our new virtual sculpting experience sets the stage for mainstream users to create and make everyday useful and impactful printables."
For more information or to download a free trial, visit: www.cubify.com/sculpt
Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) is now offering 3D printers from 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), including the Cube® and the CubeX™. Whether for small businesses, product designers or students, Cube 3D printers are an affordable 3D printing solution that puts customers just a click away from their imagination. These printers offer a new way to express personality by creating fully formed objects through advances in printing software and technology.
“Office Depot is excited to offer innovative products and print solutions like the Cube and CubeX 3D printers that harness the power and versatility of the latest printing technology for our customers,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot. “We are already an established leader in 2D printing services and print product offerings. 3D printers are just the latest example of Office Depot’s commitment to providing new and pioneering products and solutions that customers need to start, run and grow their business.”
Cube 3D printers are ready to use right out of the box. Featuring Wi-Fi for a simple connection to other devices, they are compatible with Mac or Windows and come with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With ultra-portable designs, Cube 3D printers fit into the home, office or classroom.
Cube 3D Printer
The Cube 3D Printer is packed with user-friendly features, starting with its contemporary design and tablet-like touch screen. Print-ready and compact, it has 16 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects up to 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” in size.
CubeX 3D Printer
The CubeX is the ultimate 3D printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs; boasting the largest print volume in its category. It has 18 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects in all sizes up to 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”.
“We are thrilled to offer consumer and professional-grade technology like our family of Cube 3D printers at Office Depot so that everyone can now enjoy this latest generation of 3D printing,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Office Depot already has a robust offering of printing products and services, and with the addition of our 3D printers we can now expand our reach and bring businesses, schools and consumers access to this powerful new form of creativity and expression.”
For more information, visit: www.officedepot.com/a/browse/3d-printers/N=5+551578/
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired TeamPlatform, a cloud-based, collaborative design and project management platform. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate the TeamPlatform technology into both its professional and consumer offerings, including Geomagic Solutions and Cubify.com.
TeamPlatform allows product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies to easily manage hundreds of small or large projects with masses of data being shared and used concurrently. It delivers simple-to-use task management tools, project meta-data structuring capabilities and reusable workspace templates for effective, productive and affordable collaboration.
“TeamPlatform’s powerful collaboration tools connect and expand our growing 3D content-to-print portfolio, multiplexing global productivity and real-time collaboration for our customers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems, “We intend to immediately integrate it into our Geomagic Solutions and Cubify platforms for the benefit of our professionals and consumers globally.”
VisPower Technology was formed in 2010 and developed TeamPlatform with the mission of helping product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies easily manage hundreds of small or large projects concurrently with huge piles of data. Driven by an increasingly efficient and effective cloud computing infrastructure, online project management, collaboration, and data storage services are gaining momentum and attention.
For more information, visit: www.teamplatform.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of a new plastic injection molding-like material– VisiJet® M3 Black for use in its ProJet® 3500/3510 professional 3D printers. VisiJet M3 Black further expands the range of use cases of the company's ProJet printers into more demanding, functional, end use parts and products.
VisiJet M3 Black is the strongest, most durable ProJet 3500/3510 material yet, with excellent toughness and flex properties that make it suitable for snap fit and assembly applications. The beautiful jet-black color mimics injection molded plastic performance so engineers and designers can prototype, test and use parts that look and feel like the final product. Game changing materials like VisiJet M3 Black and VisiJet M3 X turns the ProJet series professional printers into a "factory-in-a-box", further democratizing rapid manufacturing for designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.
"VisiJet M3 Black material is a revolutionary breakthrough in ProJet plastic materials," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management for 3D Systems. "VisiJet M3 Black parts have the toughness and durability for rigorous testing and direct end use. When used in assemblies with other high performance materials like VisiJet M3 X, VisiJet M3 Black allows for design and testing capabilities that are unparalleled."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/materials/visijet-m3-black
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of VisiJet® SL Impact plastic for use in 3D Systems’ ProJet® 6000 and ProJet® 7000 crossover 3D printers. VisiJet SL Impact provides nearly 50% higher impact strength with unmatched durability for direct manufacture of end use parts.
VisiJet SL Impact is highly versatile, powering a wider range of applications that require higher throughput Polypropylene, Polyethylene and ABS performance. It is ideal for functional parts that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments, and use cases, include snap fit parts, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and other applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that are bolted together.
“The step-change impact strength of our new VisiJet SL Impact material is a revolutionary breakthrough in 3D printing plastics,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management for 3D Systems. “VisiJet SL Impact parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses. Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of injection molded parts.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/materials/visijet-sl-impact
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has signed agreements to acquire approximately 80% of Phenix Systems, a leading global provider of Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers based in Riom, France. Phenix Systems designs, manufactures and sells proprietary Direct Metal 3D Printers that can print chemically pure fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns. Materials include stainless steel, tool steel, super alloys, non-ferrous alloys, precious metals and alumina for a variety of aerospace, automotive and patient specific medical device applications.
The combination of Phenix Systems unique Direct Metal technology with 3D Systems' extensive technology portfolio strengthens the company's offerings and immediately positions it at the heart of the fast-growing aerospace, automotive, defense and patient specific healthcare manufacturing opportunities. The transaction adds complementary printers and materials also strengthening the company's Selective Laser Sintering technology platform.
"Phenix represents the perfect strategic fit for us and we are thrilled to welcome François Reymondet, Patrick Teulet and their entire team to 3D Systems once the deal has closed," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. "Our complementary capabilities in advanced manufacturing combined with our effective R&D and extensive marketplace reach and coverage are sure to result in current and future direct metal solutions that will delight our customers."
"We have watched and admired 3D Systems for many years as they have driven the adoption of 3D content-to-print solutions globally. We believe that now is the right time to combine our efforts to take advantage of the accelerating demand for direct metal production," said François Reymondet, CEO of Phenix Systems.
This acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in July 2013. After those conditions are met and the acquisition closes, 3D Systems intends to launch a take-over bid on the remaining 20% of the shares of Phenix Systems, listed on the French stock market (Alternext), followed by a squeeze-out procedure should it reach 95% of the shares or voting rights of Phenix Systems, during the second half of 2013. The maximum price payable by 3D Systems for the 80% block is 13 euros per share.
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For more information, visit: www.phenix-systems.com
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. ("RPDG"), a provider of on-demand additive and traditional manufacturing services.
3D Systems plans to integrate RPDG's state-of-the-art capabilities into its growing Quickparts services immediately.
"We are honored to become part of 3D Systems, the recognized global 3D content-to-print leader," said Tony Moran, CEO and Founder of RPDG. "Together, we can deliver the full impact of 3D printing and traditional manufacturing capabilities to our global customers."
"We are very pleased to add a proven service provider and innovator of RPDG's reputation, experience and scale to our rapidly growing, global network of on-demand parts services," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts Services for 3D Systems. "With Tony and his team on board, we are extremely well positioned to expand our services to support our growing customer demand."
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet® x60 series of full color 3D printers with an ability to print 90% of the colors available in Adobe® Photoshop® and new VisiJet® PXL materials utilizing 3D Systems’ exclusive ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Feature rich with exceptional performance and value, the ProJet x60 offers enhanced functionality, utility and productivity.
Built on the proven ZPrinter® platform, the ProJet x60 combines the most comprehensive, capable and extensive features of 3D printers available today to further extend 3D Systems’ range of addressable applications. Whether you need full-color models, precision verification parts or beautifully detailed assemblies that pass for finished products, the new ProJet x60 delivers. From striking architectural white to photo realistic pastels and bold vibrant color, these parts communicate design intent like nothing else can, quickly and affordably. The new ProJet x60 professional printers offer new levels of productivity with faster print mode options, improved user convenience with mobile connectivity using tablet computers and smartphones, and more powerful coloring and file preparation software tools.
There are 6 new ProJet printer models:
“These exciting, next generation color printers embody 3D Systems’ commitment to democratize access to powerful and affordable 3D printing solutions for professionals, educators and consumers, alike,” said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and General Manager, Personal and Professional Printers for 3D Systems. “The new ProJet x60 series builds on our innovation heritage, leverages our expanded line of 3D content-to-print solutions and enables users to create more, faster.”
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Accura® Xtreme™ White-200 plastic for use in 3D Systems'iPro SLA® printers. This next generation SLA material extends 3D Systems' unmatched solutions for direct manufacture of end use parts further.
As the toughest and most durable SLA material available today, Accura Xtreme White-200 offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and the stiffness and durability of ABS plastic, making it the top choice for functional assemblies that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments. Use cases include snap fits, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that must be bolted together.
"The new Accura Xtreme White-200 exhibits faster build speeds, better detail fidelity and nicer sidewall quality than other durable materials we've previously offered," said Steve Grundahl, President of MidWest Prototyping. "All this while providing incredibly durable parts."
"Our new Accura Xtreme White-200 material is a revolutionary breakthrough in SLA plastics," said Steve Hanna, Global Director of Materials, for 3D Systems. "Accura Xtreme White - 200 parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses. Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of an injection molded part."
For more information, visit: www.production3dprinters.com/materials/accura-xtreme-white-200-plastic
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of eight new ProJet® 3500 professional 3D printers that deliver greater productivity and are equipped with its latest remote tablet controls for the production of functional plastic parts and investment casting wax patterns for professional grade design and manufacturing applications.
The new ProJet 3500 series incorporates 3D Systems’ recently introduced ProJet HD MAX and CPX MAX technology platform including its patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, tablet-like touchscreen controls and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 series printers are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications, including high-impact, high temperature resistant, durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices. ProJet 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
“With the addition of these new printers we’ve expanded our best-ever capabilities across a new ProJet 3500 family of ten printers,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “These new printers produce feature detail and quality that is unrivaled, and deliver unparalleled user experience including on-the-go access through our innovative and exclusive Print3D App for tablet computers and smartphones.”
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 series printers, together with its expanded range of ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired COWEB, based in Paris, France, a start-up that creates consumer customized 3D printed products and collectibles. 3D Systems plans to offer these personalized figures through the company’s proprietary content hosting and publishing platform, Cubify, which includes full Digital Rights Management, DRM. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
COWEB’s online tools create licensed collectibles as well as a wide range of original custom figurines that can be personalized and 3D printed in full color, using uploaded photos. When integrated into 3D Systems’ powerful Cubify hosting platform, these capabilities enable creative collaborations like the one previewed earlier in the week at CES between CBS’s Star Trek franchise and 3D Systems, which invites Star Trek fans globally to personalize their favorite Original Series character, 3D print it in the cloud in full color and have it mailed right to their homes.
“COWEB’s creative approach to delivering unique products to a growing consumer audience matches up perfectly with the Cubify platform. We look forward to welcoming the COWEB team to 3D Systems’ Cubify where fans and consumers alike can actually co-create new and unique, one-of-a-kind products,” said Sarah Stocker, Senior Director, Consumer Solutions Business, 3D Systems.
For more information, visit: www.3DSystems.com or www.votrefigurine.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) unveiled its CubeX®, the ultimate desktop 3D printer, boasting the largest print volume in its category and triple-color printing, making it the ideal printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs. The CubeX will be on display at CES, January 8 – 11, 2013, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Main Hall, booth 15447, and the CES MommyTech Zone, booth 71003, in the Venetian.
Need big, professional parts fast? With CubeX it’s a slam-dunk. CubeX provides an intuitive consumer experience with multi-color, professional grade printability. Pricing starts at $2,499 and includes a variety of advanced features.
3D Systems has made 3D printing even easier to own and simpler to use by including 3 cartridges, 10 free prints, and Cubify Invent design software, the only 3D design tool optimized for 3D printing, with every CubeX 3D printer. Cubify.com provides a platform for CubeX users to utilize, monetize and play with 3D printing for both professional and personal interests.
“We are proud to unveil the ultimate desktop 3D printer and to offer it on our consumer platform, Cubify, where prosumers can work and play in one place without sacrificing their professional needs or desires for fun printing,” said, Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3D Systems. “We are excited to see the innovations that are sure to come from CubeX educators, entrepreneurs, and serious 3D enthusiasts.”
The company is now accepting orders and plans to commence shipment on February 8, 2013.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubex/index.aspx?tb_cubex_learn
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic, Inc. This acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013, after those conditions are met. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The combination of Geomagic’s powerful sculpting, modeling, scanning and inspecting software tools with 3D Systems’ portfolio strengthens its 3D authoring platform and positions the company for accelerated growth in the fast-growing, 3D content-to-print space. The transaction adds complementary products and technology, increases the company’s reseller coverage globally and is expected to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in the first full year following the completion of transaction.
“Geomagic represents the perfect strategic fit for us and we are thrilled to welcome 3D pioneer and Geomagic Founder and CEO Ping Fu as our Chief Strategy Officer,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. “Our complementary capabilities in product development, channel coverage and marketing combined with greater efficiencies are sure to result in more affordable and user friendly solutions that will delight our customers and could present attractive long term shareholder value. In line with that, we intend to expand the range of our 3D authoring solutions further into new manufacturing and consumer applications and concurrently maintain and enhance the existing Geomagic and Rapidform product lines.”
“We have worked with 3D Systems for several years to accelerate adoption of 3D content-to-print solutions and believe that now is the right time to combine our efforts to further democratize access to design and 3D printing,” said Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic. “Joining 3D Systems provides us with the scale, resources and strategic platform to realize our shared vision of delivering functional, affordable and extensible 3D authoring solutions for the benefit of professional designers and engineers, as well as the exciting Maker’s movement.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com or www.geomagic.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its Paramount team was selected by Pennsylvania as one of the state’s Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania, RAMP, awardees. 3D Systems has committed resources and know-how to the development of novel Nano composites to be used with its proprietary Selective Laser Sintering 3D printing technology to meet Pennsylvania’s custom manufacturing vision and requirements.
3D Systems’ Paramount team offers world-class AS9100C and ISO9001:2008 certified rapid product development and manufacturing. Paramount, in collaboration with Lehigh University, was chosen on competitive merit by RAMP after demonstrating technology and manufacturing readiness.
“This award represents our unwavering commitment to the research, development and commercialization of rapid manufacturing solutions,” said Jim Williams, Managing Director, Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing, 3D Systems. “The success of this project will benefit Pennsylvania directly, as well as our nation, as the interest in 3D printing and advanced digital manufacturing continues to grow.”
For more information, visit: www.ices.cmu.edu/ramp
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Dreve FotoTec hearing aid material for use in the ProJet® 6000 professional 3D printer.
As a leader in additive manufacturing for healthcare, 3D Systems’ printers transformed the production of hearing aids almost a decade ago from labor-intensive, hand-crafted devices to fully automated, 3D printed, personalized in-ear hearing aids. The ProJet 6000 combines the ease of use of an office printer with the performance of genuine SLA® parts to deliver a nearly 2X improvement in throughput for hearing-aid production with a printed surface so smooth that it results in 50% less finishing time.
“We are pleased to expand our 3D Systems partnership with the addition of the ProJet 6000 to our own fleet of 3D Systems production printers,” stated Dr. Volker Dreve, CEO Dreve GmbH. “Our customers, like Comfoor B.V., will benefit by upgrading to the new ProJet 6000 using our new Fototec Otoplastik SL.E material based on its proven performance.”
“We are thrilled to offer our hearing aid customers a proven, integrated solution that combines the latest products from two leading providers into a powerful and affordable manufacturing tool,” said Lee Dockstader, Vice President of Business Development for 3D Systems.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/projet-6000
EnvisionTEC, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of patented 3D rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions, announced the settlement of the patent infringement lawsuit brought by 3D Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at the end of 2005. "We are pleased to have resolved this matter amicably and look forward to continuing to develop and provide our customers with innovative and cost-effective rapid prototyping solutions," said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani.
Since its first patent submission in 1999, EnvisionTEC has developed and released a broad array of solutions supporting the individual engineering desktop as well as large-scale enterprises and manufacturers. EnvisionTEC provides organizations of any size the capability to rapidly manufacture true-to-life and functional duplications of any CAD rendering with 3D representation that is unmatched in the industry. With nearly 100 patents, EnvisionTEC enjoys a strong customer and partner base in jewelry, automotive, dental, medical, biofabrication, animation, toys, sporting goods, aerospace, and packaged goods.
For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a new smartphone case app from FreshFiber – the FreshFiber Sculpture Case. The app allows users to upload a photo and turn it into a sculptured smartphone case for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5.
FreshFiber Sculpture App accepts any photo and applies image effects like embossing, shading, and inverting. The App can handle traditional portraits, pictures of nature and landscapes as well as logos and wording. The app creates a tribute to the people, places and things you love from sculpted images of a favorite sports team, a sunset or a family. Cases are made using Cubify® Cloud Printing and ship within 2 weeks, making this a great holiday gift.
“We are happy to bring another new app to the Cubify platform, and for the first time, one that empowers users to create a sophisticated 3D printed item for everyday use,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President, Global Marketing for 3D Systems, “FreshFiber Sculpture Case gives individuals a new way to express who and what they love on one of their most personal and most used possessions.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/apps.aspx?tb__create_apps
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its new VisiJet® X Plastic Material, the first jetted plastic available with the look, feel and performance of injection molded ABS plastic ideal for prototyping, product mockups and end-use applications requiring extreme toughness and high temperature resistance.
New VisiJet X plastic works in 3D Systems’ ProJet® 3500 3D Printers including the SD, HD, HDPlus and new HDMax models, and provides new levels of durability and functionality previously unattainable with a jetted plastic.
“Our new VisiJet X material is a revolutionary breakthrough in jetted plastics,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “VisiJet X parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and end use applications, and a heat deflection temperature of 88oC right out of the printer with no additional tempering needed. Best of all, VisiJet X parts look great with a stunning white finish that really looks like it came from an injection mold.”
3D Systems’ ProJet 3500 series, together with its expanded range of other affordable ProJet printers, ZPrinters® and BfB™ printers are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printer-materials/projet-3500-5000-3d-printer-materials
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that effective immediately its Quickparts® on demand parts service is expanding globally, extending its reach across Europe. Simultaneously the company is launching its Quickparts proprietary instant online quoting engine in Europe. Continuous demonstrations of Quickparts capabilities will be on display at EuroMold, November 27 – 30, 2012, in 3D Systems booth D48, Messe Frankfurt, Germany.
Quickparts provides quick turn custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers to create real plastic and metal parts fast for their prototyping and production needs. Using patented QuickQuote® technology, Quickparts is able to provide product designers with a secure “instant online quote” for the manufacturing of real parts including 3D printed parts, CNC machined plastic parts, cast urethane parts, injection molding (tooling and parts), sheet metal parts, and metal castings.
“We are pleased to offer enhanced on demand parts services worldwide through the expansion and integration of the Quickparts brand and capabilities,” said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts, 3D Systems. “Just as important, we are delighted to deliver the full array of Quickparts services across Europe, complete with our instant online quoting starting today!”
For more information, visit: www.quickparts.com/eu/en.aspx
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its next generation ProJet® 3500 HDMax and CPXMax professional series 3D printers with greater productivity, larger high definition prints and remote tablet controls. These new ProJet printers are on display November 27-30, 2012 at EuroMold, Messe Frankfurt, Germany in Hall 11 stand D48.
ProJet 3500 Max printers incorporate 3D Systems’ latest patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, including its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, full platform high definition printing, tablet-like touchscreen controls, and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 Max printers are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications including high-impact, high temperature resistant durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production, and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices. ProJet® 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
“3D Systems next generation ProJet 3500 Max printers are the best yet,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “We are excited to extend our print envelope for high resolution prints resulting in increased throughput and part size with feature detail and quality that is only possible with ProJet printers.”
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 Max series, together with its expanded range of affordable ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has brought suit in the Federal District Court of South Carolina, Rock Hill division, against Formlabs, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Kickstarter, Inc. of New York, New York. 3D Systems is seeking injunctive relief and damages for infringement of one of its patents relating to the stereolithography process.
3D Systems' complaint asserts that the sale and use of the Form 1 3D printers sold by Formlabs and Kickstarter infringe a U.S. patent relating to stereolithography. Formlabs sold the Form 1 3D printers to backers of its Kickstarter campaign in September and October 2012.
"3D Systems invented and pioneered the 3D printing technology of stereolithography and has many active patents covering various aspects of the stereolithography process," said Andrew Johnson, General Counsel of 3D Systems. "Although Formlabs has publicly stated that certain patents have expired, 3D Systems believes the Form 1 3D printer infringes at least one of our patents, and we intend to enforce our patent rights."
For more information, visit: www.3DSystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its first customizable photo app, Cubify® Pics, that turns any 2D picture directly into Cube 3D printable art.
Cubify Pics is easy, intuitive, powerful and free for all to use and enjoy. Cubify enthusiasts are invited to upload a photo, pick a custom frame, apply cool stamping and stencilling effects and 3D print it on a Cube® 3D printer at home. 3D printed photos can be backlit to form a night light cover or equipped with a loop to make great, custom ornamental gifts. Cubify Pics also provides a free .STL file for use with Cubify cloud printing service and other 3D printers.
“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first real fun and cool photo-to-print app just in time for the holidays,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing, 3D Systems. “Be the first to turn your favorite 2D photos into 3D art on your Cube printer today.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/apps.aspx
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of VisiJet® PearlStone for the ProJet® MP 3500 dental model printer. This new material prints dental models that are accurate, economical to produce and offer the appearance of dental stone.
VisiJet PearlStone is compatible with all intraoral, impression and plaster scanners and prints models for crowns, bridges, orthodontic devices, implants and partial dentures.
Normal dental lab practices, including drilling, grinding and waxing, can be used with VisiJet™ Pearlstone.
“We are pleased to offer this new material with the appearance of dental stone for the ProJet MP,” said Lee Dockstader, Vice President Business Development, 3D Systems.
For more information, visit: www.toptobottomdental.com/working_models.html
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Client Software for Mac OS.
Cubify Client Software for Mac OS opens up the world of at-home 3D printing to Apple users. The software allows users to bring their own .STL creations and make them real on the Cube 3D printer. Users can also download 3D print files directly from Cubify.com, from the Cubify marketplace and 3D creation apps, and quickly place, size, and send to print directly on the Cube 3D printer.
“We are excited to open the world of 3D printing for Apple users and invite all Mac lovers to play on Cubify and 3D print their creations at home,” said Cathy Lewis Vice President Global Marketing, 3D Systems.
Cubify Client Software for Mac OS is available for immediate download and is free for use with the Cube 3D printer.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cube/index.aspx
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today non-GAAP adjusted earnings of 32 cents per share for the third quarter of 2012 and GAAP earnings of 24 cents per share.
Revenue increased to $90.5 million, a 57% increase, over the third quarter of 2011, on 26% organic growth. The company reported growth from all its revenue categories, led by printer revenue on a 123% increase in printer units sold, excluding Cube® printer units. Backlog at the end of the quarter amounted to $9.3 million on continued across the board strong demand.
For the third quarter, gross profit grew 69% on higher revenue and gross profit margin expansion of 350 basis points over the 2011 quarter to 51.8%, driven by printers and materials gross profit margin improvement.
The company reported that its third quarter non-GAAP adjusted net income rose 99% to $18.2 million, compared to the 2011 quarter, resulting in earnings per share of $0.32 and GAAP net income of $13.5 million, resulting in $0.24 earnings per share.
Notwithstanding higher costs from recent acquisitions and strategic R&D investments, the company raised its annual guidance for the full year 2012, expecting its revenue to be in the range of $345 million to $365 million and its non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.20 to $1.30.
The company reported non-GAAP measures that adjust net income and earnings per share by excluding the impact of amortization of intangibles, non-cash interest expense, non-recurring acquisition expenses, litigation settlements, loss on conversion of notes, stock-based compensation and any release of the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying schedule.
The company generated $44.0 million of cash from operations in the first nine months of 2012, and ended the third quarter of 2012 with $183.9 million of available cash, after incurring a $9.5 million increase in its operating expenses driven primarily by increased sales marketing and acquisitions costs. The increase included $1.7 million of higher R&D expenditures in support of its expanded portfolio.
"We are very pleased to report another outstanding quarter driven by doubling printer units sales," said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that our record revenue and earnings growth, amidst expected seasonal weakness, reflects the potency of our diversified portfolio and business model."
3D printer units sold more than doubled compared to the 2011 period, and accounted for a $19.3 million revenue increase. Print materials revenue grew 38% to $25.5 million, driven by strong sales of printer units as a result of the company's effective portfolio and price point re-alignment and channel expansion. Services revenue increased by $6.7 million over the 2011 period to $31.0 million and included $20.0 million of on-demand parts.
"Cube 3D printer orders continue to exceed our expectations, and are now available for next day shipment," continued Reichental. "While we still don't expect revenue from our consumer growth initiative to be material to our revenue for the remainder of 2012, we are very pleased with the overall reception."
"We entered the fourth quarter with positive sales momentum that is further strengthened by our recently acquired Rapidform products and channel. While we may face lingering economic uncertainties in parts of the world, we expect to continue to benefit from robust R&D spending by our customers worldwide," concluded Reichental.
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/ir
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Singularity University (SU) to provide 3D content-to-print solutions and education. Under this agreement, the company plans to deliver and install key elements of its extensive 3D content-to-print portfolio, including its personal and professional 3D printers.
Singularity University uniquely focuses on the impact and opportunities presented by exponentially advancing technologies, and serves as an incubator and investor in startups aligned with SU's Mission. The agreement with 3D Systems supports a new initiative to strengthen its track on additive manufacturing by exploring the possibilities of 3D printing in the context of innovation, sustainability and re-localizing manufacturing.
"We are excited to be part of Singularity's visionary initiative to democratize access to 3D content-to-print solutions that will enable greater entrepreneurialism and inventiveness," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "SU has shown a great deal of foresight and leadership in selecting additive manufacturing as a formal executive program, ensuring that the potential of 3D ideation-to-production is fully understood by a global audience of emerging leaders and technologists, and that its compelling and impactful power is harnessed into tomorrow's business models today."
Accepting the gift on behalf of Singularity University, Dan Barry, Chair of SU's Space and Physical Sciences area of study and Co-Chair of SU's Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track, said: "Through this new partnership, 3D Systems is significantly enhancing the capability of our students to turn their ideas into reality - to be creative not just through slides, but in 3 dimensions, and express that creativity by producing real physical objects."
3D Systems founded additive manufacturing over 25 years ago with the invention of Stereolithography. Today the company leads the global adoption of 3D printing through continued innovation and democratization. This agreement with Singularity underscores 3D Systems commitment to place its products, services and knowhow in the hands of thought leaders who are committed to sustainable entrepreneurialism through its disruptive and game changing solutions.
Singularity University's mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity's grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 70 countries at its campus at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, Genentech, Google, Kauffman Foundation, and Nokia.
For more information, visit: www.singularityu.org
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its Paramount advanced manufacturing team has received a $2.95M award to transition specially engineered materials and the company’s Selective Laser Sintering technology to the production of various components in the F-35 and other weapons systems to improve affordability and sustainability. The 2 year project will reduce cost within the manufacturing process and leverage the freedom of design inherent in 3D printing to minimize waste and validate direct manufacturing’s repeatability and accuracy of aerospace parts.
3D Systems’ Paramount team offers world-class AS9100C and ISO9001:2008 certified rapid product development and manufacturing. Paramount was chosen on competitive merit by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s scientific and technology experts after demonstrating the required technology and manufacturing readiness levels to transition into production.
“This contract represents our commitment to the research, development and commercialization of rapid manufacturing solutions for the aerospace and defense industries,” said Jim Williams, Managing Director, Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing, 3D Systems. “The success of this project will benefit all industries, particularly aerospace and motorsports applications, where high strength to weight, high temperature and electrically conductive thermoplastics are critical factors to the design and manufacturing process.”
For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the exclusive availability of the first-ever line of 3D printed electric and bass guitars, designed by Olaf Diegel on Cubify®. Starting today, eight unique electric and bass guitar designs including the Scarab, Atom and Spider will be available for purchase on Cubify.
Professional guitarists and enthusiasts alike will be able to work directly with Diegel to customize their instrument for a personalized look and unique sound. Everything from adding your or your band’s name to picking your preferred neck and pick-ups will be customizable. Priced from $3,000 USD and printed exclusively by Cubify, Olaf Diegel guitars are sure to provide musicians with a premium experience.
Recognizing the scarcity of exotic and premium wood material for the construction of high-end guitars, 3D Systems believes that 3D printing offers a musically comparable experience that is sustainable and cost-effective.
“My passion for 3D printing created one of those rare opportunities to combine my engineering design background and love of music into a new product line that breaks the mold of conventional thinking,” stated Olaf Diegel. “Partnering with 3D Systems and Cubify presents the perfect combination for manufacturing the instruments and reaching the market through an innovative channel."
“We are absolutely thrilled that Olaf has chosen Cubify as the exclusive marketplace for his gorgeous guitars,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “Beyond providing guitar lovers the opportunity to create and make their custom instrument, we are proud to deliver a sustainable and responsible alternative to harvesting exotic wood.”
ODD guitars are a range of personalizable, customizable guitars that explore the limits of 3D printing technologies and applications. 3D printing allows designs to be created that could not be manufactured through traditional means. The 3D printing technology used in ODD guitars is Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). ODD was started by Olaf Diegel, a long-standing design engineer, with a passion for 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies. As his real job, Olaf is professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/products/guitars/index.aspx
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of VisiJet® Jewel, a new specialized material formulated for high volume jewelry production. Developed expressly for use with the ProJet® 6000 and 7000 professional 3D printers, VisiJet Jewel allows manufacturers worldwide to produce master models for direct casting of cost effective jewelry with unparalleled detail, accuracy and quality, in hours rather than days.
ProJet® 6000 and 7000 3D printers combine push button simplicity with SLA® printability to deliver the highest quality, most accurate parts and patterns available.
A low ash formulation makes the new VisiJet Jewel material especially suitable for direct casting patterns. Exact wall thickness and maximum scooping minimize the use of precious metals. These durable patterns can also be used for stone-in-place casting, which significantly reduces costs for jewelry manufacturers. The high contrast rich dark blue color of VisiJet Jewel allows for detailed visual inspection of designs and patterns.
“VisiJet Jewel yields unequalled surface finish, feature resolution and quality, printed at speeds not seen before, to offer jewelry manufacturers an exceptional ROI,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Channel Programs for 3D Systems. “VisiJet Jewel underscores our commitment to deliver affordable and profitable turnkey production solutions to a growing installed base of jewelry manufacturers worldwide.”
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printer-materials/projet-6000-3d-printer-materials
MecSoft Corporation announced that effective October 15, 2012, Alibre CAM, a fully integrated CAM product running inside the Alibre Design family of CAD products, will now be sold and supported directly by MecSoft. Prior to this announcement, Alibre CAM was sold and supported by 3D Systems, while MecSoft developed and licensed the software.
“The relationship between MecSoft and 3D Systems remains strong, and we both feel strongly that the Alibre CAM line of products has been very successful and can continue to grow and gain additional market share,” stated Max Freeman, General Manager of Alibre. MecSoft will be announcing shortly the newest version of the software, Alibre CAM 3.
While both MecSoft and 3D Systems have a well established reputation for great customer support, the transition of the product to MecSoft will be to the greatest benefit of Alibre CAM customers. “By having a direct interface with us, customers will have a dynamic and powerful experience with regard to effecting changes in the product, receiving support, and having a community of people to ask questions and draw experience from”, stated Joe Anand, CEO of MecSoft Corporation. “Alibre CAM customers can rest assured that MecSoft is committed to the continued development and support of Alibre CAM and their investment in the product is protected.”
For more information, visit: www.mecsoft.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its FreshFiber products will be on display together with PRO Technology at GITEX Technology Week, October 14-18, 2012 at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre.
The company will debut its new blockbuster iPhone® 5 case designs and one-of-a-kind 3D printed smart phone and tablet cover collection to 138,000 GITEX attendees. Leading with a stunning range of 3D printed accessories that decorate and protect consumer electronics devices, visitors will experience personalization onsite and in PRO Technology retail outlets following GITEX. 3D Systems will also present its award winning Cube®, the world's first easy to use, 'plug in and print' 3D printer designed exclusively for the consumer.
"We are excited to be part of this important electronics industry event to showcase our latest works of 3D printed art," said Christian Dijkhof, Managing Director, FreshFiber, 3D Systems. "The GITEX exhibition is the perfect venue to demonstrate the amazing potential that 3D printed, personalized accessories have to offer. Our goal is simple: we intend to deliver the power of 3D content-to-print to our global audience in fun and impactful ways."
Launched in 1981, GITEX is the ICT business gateway to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Region. GITEX continually identifies the hottest global IT trends and incubates these into the event either as new sectors or conference programs. The industry focus of GITEX has enabled new companies to participate in identified trends as well as giving visitors the opportunity to engage, learn and implement the advances in the industry.
For more information, visit: www.gitex.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it acquired Rapidform, a leading global provider of 3D scan-to-CAD and inspection software tools, located in Seoul, South Korea for $35 million in cash, subject to final closing adjustments.
Rapidform’s reverse engineering and inspection software empower product developers to deliver improved product quality and shorter time-to-market. By combining scan data processing, mesh optimization, auto surfacing and CAD modeling in a single, integrated tool, Rapidform has unlocked the power of 3D digitization for engineers and manufacturing professionals worldwide.
“This is a game-changer for our customers and shareholders, and is well-aligned with our strategic plan,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “We are thrilled to welcome Calvin Hur and his team to our company and we expect that the integration of the Rapidform proprietary products with 3D Systems’ extensive portfolio will result in accelerated growth within the rapidly expanding 3D content-to-print space.”
“I am very pleased and honored to become part of 3D Systems, a world class leader and innovator,” said Calvin Hur, CEO of Rapidform. “Joining 3D Systems provides us with the scale, resources and strategic platform to realize our vision of democratizing the scan-to-CAD workflow for the benefit of designers and engineers.”
With the addition of Rapidform, 3D Systems has secured the cornerstone of its fifth growth initiative: to create a seamless, digital scan, design and print platform for the benefit of its customers. This important growth initiative is consistent with the company’s overall drive to democratize and deliver integrated 3D content-to-print solutions. Rapidform broadens 3D Systems’ range of capabilities with complementary products and technology, and extends its coverage and breadth globally with a significant foothold in South Korea and Japan.
Popular Mechanics awarded 3D Systems a 2012 Breakthrough Award for the company’s Cube® the first 3D printer designed for the consumer. The Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards, now in their eighth year, recognize the innovators and products that have dramatically advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, environmental engineering and more. 3D Systems and other winners were honored at an invitation-only conference and gala awards ceremony in New York City on October 4, and will be in the November issue of Popular Mechanics, available on newsstands October 16.
“We are deeply honored to have been selected for this prestigious award. Cube® has really captured the imagination of the consumer and we are delighted with the overwhelming response to this exciting ‘plug and print’ 3D printer for the home,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.
The Cube® printer is packed with consumer friendly features starting with its contemporary design and tablet like, touch screen ease of use. Consumer print ready and compact, this color 3D printer fits into any room in the house and at less than 9 pounds, is extremely portable. The EZ Load cartridge offers hours of 3D printing enjoyment for consumers, in a rainbow of compelling colors and immediate access to 50 free printable creations. The Cube® printer comes with a membership to Cubify.com, the ultimate online 3D destination for consumers, artists and developers.
“We are once again excited to recognize this year’s list of incredible honorees for their role in shaping the future,” says James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of POPULAR MECHANICS. “From a featherweight metal to the world’s fastest and most electrically efficient supercomputer, this year’s winners embody the creative spirit that the Breakthrough Awards were founded upon.”
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Awards include James Cameron, genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, efficiency expert Amory Lovins, inventor and FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen, and humanitarian engineer Amy Smith.
Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards are given in two categories: innovators, whose inventions will make the world smarter, safer and more efficient in the years to come, and products, which are setting benchmarks in design and engineering today.
For more information, visit: www.popularmechanics.com/breakthrough-award-winners
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has taken the next step in its partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), the federal initiative to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry, with the delivery of two leading production grade additive manufacturing printers to the innovation center located in Youngstown, Ohio. This institute will bridge the gap between research, product development and manufacturing, and will provide companies, particularly small manufacturers, with access to cutting-edge capabilities and an environment to educate and train employees in additive manufacturing skills and technologies.
"3D Systems pioneered the development and commercialization of additive manufacturing technology and is proud to be part of this visionary government initiative to localize manufacturing and enhance competitiveness," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "With seven distinct 3D print engines, we are uniquely positioned to cover the broadest range of additive manufacturing applications and empower industries with tomorrow's competitive tools and skills today."
The additive manufacturing institute will be managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and is the first center in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The NNMI institutes will serve as regional hubs of manufacturing innovation, and will be known as world-class centers for applied research, technology incubation, and commercialization.
For more information, visit: www.namii.org
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it acquired Tim The Innovative Modelmakers B.V. ("TIM"), a leading full service provider of on-demand custom parts services, located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The company plans to integrate the operations of TIM into its on-demand parts service as part of 3D Systems Benelux, and immediately offer its full range of rapid prototyping, model making and manufacturing solutions for the benefit of design-to-manufacturing professionals and consumers alike.
"We are very pleased to add a company of TIM's reputation, craftsmanship, flexibility and speed to our growing on-demand custom parts services network in Europe," said Ziad Abou, Director On-Demand Parts Europe, 3D Systems. "With TIM's expertise on board, we can serve our European growing customer base better, faster and with an expanded menu of services."
TIM is a leading provider of custom prototyping and manufacturing services for designers and engineers who want to create plastic and metal parts from rapid prototyping to production, with a focus on consumer electronics, from domestic appliances to computer peripherals and mobile phones. With complete in-house rapid prototyping and tooling capabilities and an experienced engineering project team, TIM delivers quality prototyping and manufacturing services on time and within budget.
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Bugdroids, its latest app that lets you customize your own Android™ figurine. The app is available exclusively on Cubify.com, the online destination for all things 3D, and the figurines are printed in vibrant colors using 3D Systems’ ZPrinter® technology.
The new Cubify Bugdroids App allows users to fully customize their own 3D printed Android figurine with 3D accessories like hats and horns, as well as zipper and checkerboard textures to personalize their figurine. Equipped with vibrant colors, accessories, stamps and add-ons Android lovers can create that special Bugdroid figurine and have it 3D printed and shipped to their doorstep.
“We’re thrilled to bring Bugdroid figurines to life in full color on Cubify,” said Cathy Lewis vice president marketing, 3D Systems. “ Cubify Bugdroids underscores 3D Systems commitment to democratize creativity. We invite passionate Android fans to experience the power of 3D printing with personalized and individualized themed collectibles and amazing accessories.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/app.aspx?reference=84JJ56FHIF
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today it has entered into a major multi-year agreement with the Smithsonian Institution to provide 3D printing services and technology. The agreement supports a Smithsonian-wide effort to strengthen collections stewardship and ensure the accessibility of its vast and diverse collections through exploring the possibilities of 3D representations.
“We are honored and excited to be part of this visionary Smithsonian initiative, to increase the visibility and accessibility of our national treasures for all,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “The Smithsonian has shown both foresight and technological leadership in embracing the potential of 3D printing to preserve and showcase today’s and tomorrow’s collections, making them readily available to a global audience while demonstrating the power of 3D content-to-print in a compelling and meaningful way.”
This agreement with the Smithsonian underscores the company’s commitment to place its technology, services and solutions in the hands of organizations focused on enhancing knowledge and enabling access to the power of 3D printing.
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.
For more information, visit: www.si.edu or www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has partnered with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the prestigious, national non-profit organization that presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to introduce a new Creative Challenge, the “Future New”. Students across America can now submit entries for the “Future New” challenge in 3D. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Since its inception, the program has recognized countless young artists and writers including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Philip Pearlstein, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, John Baldessari, Ned Vizzini, Myla Goldberg and Ken Burns who each won when they were in high school.
To honor The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ 90th anniversary, the Alliance and 3D Systems challenge students to be bold and make innovative art using 3D printing. “Future New” entries should be experimental in nature, and students are encouraged to harness the latest 3D design tools like Cubify® Invent to unleash their creativity and bring their boundary-breaking, conceptually and socially-driven works to life.
“We are excited to partner with Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to inspire students to create the ‘Future New,’ making good on our commitment to democratize access to 3D design and printing tools for the benefit of students across America,” said 3D Systems CEO, Abe Reichental. “We look forward to seeing how America’s young talent meets our challenge, and hope to ignite in students the passion to master tomorrow’s competitive skills today.”
Entries will be judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice. 3D Systems will award the top three entries in the “Future New” category with a $1,000 scholarship prize. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2013.
For more information or to register, visit: www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/scholarships-and-prizes/sponsored-awards/future-new
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that the company has made Fortune Magazine's 2012 list of the fastest-growing companies ranking number 5 in tech, in the top 6 in profit growth and number 12 overall out of 100 companies listed. Fortune points out that even in stagnant times certain companies thrive, and the annual list of high achievers shines the spotlight on the most vibrant part of corporate America and beyond.
Fortune Magazine wrote that '3D Systems has seen increased demand for its printers across several industries, as the technology "promises to revolutionize manufacturing." Last year the company recorded a 242% increase in the number of units sold. Revenue -- generated by the sale of printers and related print materials and services -- increased 44%. Almost half of those sales come from outside the U.S., and profits grew to $35 million, even as the company increased spending in global research and development,' concluded Fortune.
"We are honored to have made this prestigious list along with some of the largest and most celebrated companies in the world. It has been a true team effort by 3D Systems employees, partners and supporters to deliver the results that earned this esteemed recognition," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.
The full list of companies is available at: money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fastest-growing/2012/full_list
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Bracelets another personalization app designed specifically for printing on its Cube® 3D printer. Cubify Bracelets makes it possible for anyone to create and 3D print their own individualized bracelets at home.
Designed to be stylish, chunky and colorful, Cubify Bracelets come in three sizes and sixteen styles so kids and adults alike can enjoy customizing and accessorizing. Adding a whole new meaning to friendship jewelry, now everyone can create secret messages or place their name on the inside or outside of the bracelet along with special characters and symbols.
“Cubify Bracelets is another fun and playful app that unleashes everyone’s creativity to instantly make and print custom jewelry that expresses their personality and style,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “With every new app, our rapidly expanding Cubify community gets to celebrate their creativity and share their amazing tags, rings, bracelets and earrings with their friends and family.”
Be the first to register and start making your custom bracelets on Cubify today.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/app.aspx?app_url=http://www.apps.cubify.com/CubifyBracelets
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet™ 5000 large format professional 3D printer, offering a 2X print speed increase and the highest print resolution available in its class. The new ProJet 5000 is equipped with advanced print-head technology, delivering higher print rates and print resolution to produce high precision, razor-sharp features.
Designed for production durability and productivity, the ProJet™ 5000 comes standard with the only 5-year manufacturer’s print head warranty. Built for factory performance, the ProJet 5000 is compact, quiet and easy to use. Now companies of any size can enjoy the benefits of on-demand, in-house production of high quality, extremely detailed prototypes and functional parts up to 21 inches, or 550 millimeters, in length.
“With the ProJet 5000, our customers can economically print larger, single piece, high-definition parts in-house,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “With faster print speed and higher resolution, the new ProJet 5000 delivers even more value for automotive, aerospace, footwear, appliances and packaging design and manufacturing applications.”
The ProJet 5000 prints durable, high-definition VisiJet® MX plastic parts that stand up to the most challenging exposure environments and provide best-in-class functional performance for product development, testing, rapid tooling and casting applications. With up to eight material delivery modules, the ProJet 5000 can be configured for flexible materials management and delivers the longest unattended, continuous operation available today, exceeding 80 hours.
Part stacking and nesting capabilities combined with its oversized print volume provides unmatched productivity, giving users the flexibility to produce both larger parts and more parts in a single build than any other professional 3D printer on the market.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers/projet-5000
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Cubify® Rings, the third in a series of wearables apps designed specifically for printing on its Cube® 3D printer. Cubify Rings makes it possible for anyone to design their own rings and 3D print them at home.
Simply choose a shape, then drag and drop characters, symbols and letters onto it for a unique, inspired design. These custom rings make a personal statement and are great for everyday wear and will brighten up any outfit. Cubify Rings can be printed in five different sizes so everyone from your eight year old daughter to your husband can enjoy the custom jewelry.
“We are excited to bring another fun fashion app to Cubify. Girls and boys of all ages can instantly make and print jewelry true to their personal style and share the experience with friends,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “Our enthusiasm continues to build with each amazing and creative new app we introduce to our growing Cubify community.”
Be the first to register and start making your custom rings on Cubify today.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/app.aspx?app_url=http://www.apps.cubify.com/CubifyRings%3ftoken%3d
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Earrings , another new app designed specifically for printing on its Cube® 3D printer. Cubify Earrings makes it possible for anyone to design their own earrings and 3D print them at home.
Simply choose a pattern, then drag and drop characters, shapes and letters onto it for a unique, inspired design. These custom earrings make a personal statement and are great for everyday wear and special occasions that call for a pop of color. Cubify Earrings make the perfect gift and will quickly become a part of your holiday traditions.
“We are delighted to bring another intuitive and fun app to Cubify. Kids of all ages can instantly make and print their unique jewelry to wear, give as gifts and exchange with their friends,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “Our enthusiasm continues to build with each amazing and creative new app we introduce to our growing Cubify community.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/app.aspx?app_url=http://www.apps.cubify.com/CubifyEarrings%3ftoken%3d
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced that the company's ZPrinter® 650 is the first ever full color 3D printer used in a stop-motion animated film, ParaNorman, produced by Portland, Oregon based animation studio LAIKA. Known for integrating innovation with the hand-created artistry of the stop motion technique, LAIKA utilized 3D printing to create over 31,000 individual, color facial parts for production.
3D Systems' ZPrinter technology allowed LAIKA animators to quickly and accurately print hundreds of facial features and expressions for each of the film's 62 characters.
"ParaNorman is an enduring and emotional story that is driven by strong characters and exquisite designs," says Brian McLean, LAIKA's Creative Supervisor of Replacement Animation and Engineering. "In order for us to give the characters the facial expressions and emotional range needed to support such a wonderful story, we needed to try something unprecedented. By using a color 3D printer we were not only able to push facial performance to new levels, but we were also able to achieve a level of detail and subtlety in characters' faces that a few short years ago would have seemed impossible. This technology, combined with a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from talented artists and technicians, has created something truly unique and beautiful."
"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the ground breaking team at LAIKA as they utilize our full color 3D printing technology to revolutionize storytelling," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "We look forward to ParaNorman being a great success with global audiences."
ParaNorman premieres nationwide in theatres August 17, 2012.
For more information, visit: www.paranorman.com or www.zcorp.com/en/Products/3D-Printers/ZPrinter-650/spage.aspx
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the Cubify® Challenge design contest. The Cubify Challenge begins today and runs through September 14, 2012 and is open to Cubify registrants of all ages worldwide. Participants are invited to upload their best creation for review by a panel of 3D judges that will select the best of the best. The prize-winner will take home their very own Cube®3D printer.
The Cubify Challenge invites participants to showcase their signature design or art piece, the work that truly represents their skills and style as an artist or designer. The most creative design will be printed in 3D and recognized on cubify.com, and its creator will get a Cube 3D printer and a copy of Cubify Invent, 3D design software optimized for 3D printing. Three runner-ups will also receive a copy of Cubify Invent and will be highlighted on cubify.com.
Submissions will be judged by two world renowned designers: Janne Kyttanen, whose work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, and Scott Summit, whose work has won numerous international design awards such as IDSA, IDEA, and Core77.
"We are very excited to kick off the Cubify Challenge at Siggraph," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "Whether you're a designer, animator, artist, or a student just starting out, you are competing for recognition, work, clients, positions and bragging rights. Through participation in the Cubify Challenge, we can help you win the recognition and exposure you deserve."
For more information or to submit a design, visit: www.cubify.com/challenge
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Tags, another new app designed specifically for printing on its Cube® 3D printer. Cubify Tags makes it possible for anyone to design their own tags and pendants and 3D print them at home.
Simply choose a shape, then drag and drop characters and letters onto it for a unique, inspired design. These colorful tags and pendants make a personal statement and can be worn as necklaces or used to personalize everyday items from luggage, backpacks and key chains to cool tags for the family pet.
“We are thrilled to bring another intuitive and fun app to Cubify. Boys and girls of all ages can instantly make and print their unique creation to wear, give as gifts and exchange with their friends,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “Our enthusiasm continues to build with each amazing new app we introduce to our growing Cubify community.”
Be the first to register and start making your custom tags on Cubify today.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/app.aspx?app_url=http://www.apps.cubify.com/CubifyTags
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its 3D content-to-print portfolio at the Siggraph 2012 Conference and Exhibition, August 7 – 9, at the Los Angeles, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Siggraph professionals are invited to check out the new ProJet™ 3500, capable of printing high definition, durable, precision parts and the company's full color ZPrinters® that made Laika Studio's "ParaNorman" movie possible using ZPrinted puppets. Hypr3D mobile capture, shape and print tools will be on hand to play with. For a quick start on your project, animators and digital sculptors are encouraged to visit The3dStudio.com, and all conference attendees are welcomed to experience and touch the company's stunning FreshFiber™ functional, 3D printed electronics accessories.
"We are grateful to be part of the creative Siggraph community," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "We are particularly excited to bring our growing suite of Cubify® create-and-make tools and apps to Siggraph as part of our commitment to democratize creativity."
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD software and plugins, and affordable consumer create-and-make printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions 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 create and make with confidence.
For more information, visti: www.siggraph.org
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new Cubify® toy robots designed specifically for printing on Cube®, the world’s first home 3D printer. The entire collection can be downloaded and printed at home on your Cube 3D printer.
Cube printed robots are also available for home delivery through Cubify and come individually packaged or in sets of three with exciting options to choose from like ray-guns and rocket-packs.
Cubify® robots are moveable, poseable and printable in colorful, lego-like plastic. Printed parts can be snapped together, swapped and colors mixed to create an amazing new robot, or an entire crew. With thousands of possible combinations, Cubify robots provide hours of educational and creative fun for kids and adults alike.
“We are thrilled with these cute, playful new Cubify robots. Kids of all ages can collect the entire series as they create unique configurations to amaze their friends,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “Our excitement continues to build with each new toy and app we make available to our growing Cubify community.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/store/creation_list.aspx?searchtext=&minprice=&maxprice=&category=Toys%20and%20Games&creator=cubify&tag=cube-print