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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

Awardee: EWI
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

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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

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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:

  • 50% smaller footprint, doubling production output per unit of floor space
    • A 50% smaller footprint, compared to previous models in its class, drives operational efficiencies. By simplifying the printer architecture and optimizing ergonomic efficiency for machine operation and service, the new ProX 800 can print up to two times the output per unit of floor space, resulting in production growth without additional facilities costs.

  • Innovative direct power print head control reducing total cost of ownership
    • Advanced print head control boosts useable print head output, extending print head life by up to 15% and reducing total cost of ownership.

  • Dust-proof print heads reduce maintenance, maximizing uptime
    • Fully enclosed print heads are impervious to dust build-up, requiring no cleaning and increasing mean time between service (MTBS) and resulting uptime.

  • New touchscreen and easy-load materials for maximum operator efficiency
    • The ProX 800’s new touchscreen provides fingertip control while the new, easy-load material delivery module provides ergonomic, fast, intuitive operation to maximize operator efficiency.


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

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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

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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

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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:

  • Virtual Clay Modeling – Harness the power of virtual clay to easily create exquisitely complex and organic forms. Enjoy the ability to tug, ridge, emboss and form just like real clay. Unlock intuitive design potential when you can feel the model using the Touch.

  • Seamlessly Beautify Your CAD Models – Geomagic Sculpt works alongside your current CAD software, so you can design like never before while working within established workflows. Geomagic Sculpt completes your design suite by adding unconstrained geometry to your existing 3D modeling tools.

  • Multi-representational Design Freedom – Geomagic Sculpt is the only software that combines the benefits of voxel modeling and Sub Divisional (SubD) surface modeling with dimension-driven sketch tools. You can create exactly the geometry you envision, using constraints where you need to and omitting them where you don’t.

  • Incredible Detailing Tools - Fine tune even the smallest elements and make your products stand out. Geomagic Sculpt lets you bake textures of any complexity into virtual clay and perfect them for the ideal look and feel. Design flourishes, which are often impossible in CAD, are simple to do in Sculpt – just import any image and go.

  • 3D Print Ready - Always be ready for 3D printing with Geomagic Sculpt’s voxel-based modeling engine. Coupled with its automatic 3D printability analysis, Geomagic Sculpt lets you optimize designs on the fly for printing and will even check for common printability issues like feature size and proximity, flagging them so you can make changes before you print.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

iSense Features:

  • Physical photography for the iPad - Discover the power of mobile 3D scanning on your iPad or iPad mini with the new iSense. Its integrated design makes it easy to capture every dimension of your favorite moments on your iPad. Scan your family and friends, everyday-events and adventures, all on your iPad, all in 3D.

  • Upgrade your iPad and get inspired on the go - The compact snap-on design of iSense instantly transforms your iPad into a 3D scanner, giving you the freedom to scan spontaneously where ever you are. Take it with you and allow your physical world to spark your creativity.

  • Big or small, scan it all - From shoes to SUVs, iSense has the most versatile scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for objects large and small.

  • Zero-in on what matters - Automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds.

  • Edit with ease - With quick cropping, enhancement and solidifying tools, iSense can prepare 3D printable files within minutes.

  • Scanned for 3D printing - Physical to digital, and back again. Fully integrated with Cubify and your Cube 3D printer, the iSense allows you to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense

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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:

  • ProJet® 3500 Series Professional 3D Printer - Ideal for engineering, manufacturing and mechanical environments, the ProJet 3500 Series prints high-quality, durable plastic parts with accurate and high-resolution.  This printer series is ideal for rapid manufacturing, functional testing, design communication, rapid tooling and more.

  • ProJet® 660 Professional 3D Printer - The ProJet 660 targets consumer products, healthcare, education and other vertical market customers that are interested in printing full-color, photo-realistic models for product design, prototypes, assemblies and color concept models.

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.robtec.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.medicalmodeling.com

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.digitalplayspace.com

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

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

CubePro Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.gentlegiantltd.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.villageplastics.com

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.figulo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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/

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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."

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

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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:

  • ProJet 160 – compact size, most affordable monochrome printing
  • ProJet 260C– compact size, most affordable full color 3D printer available
  • ProJet 360 – medium size, monochrome printing affordability
  • ProJet 460Plus – medium size, high-quality full color printing
  • ProJet 660Pro – large format, premium-quality full color printing
  • ProJet 860Pro – super-large format, premium-quality full color printing


“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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
 
Product Features:

  • Professional Printability – CubeX can print as big as a basketball with 1,070 cubic inches of space, or 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”. CubeX offers three times the options for print modes, including a choice of accuracy: High Definition (125 Micron), Crisp Definition (250 Micron) or Standard Definition (500 Micron), and a choice of print fill density: lite, medium or solid. CubeX prints in both PLA and ABS plastics with optional, easy peel away supports for the most complex prints.

  • Print Speed – CubeX can print regulation basketball size parts in three colors up to 2X faster and in higher definition than other 3D printers in its class.

  • Material Options – CubeX prints in both compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics, providing a range of flexibility, strength and support options for professional utility. CubeX offers multi-color choices, starting with basic single color CubeX, dual color and material CubeX Duo or the top of the line triple color, multi-material CubeX Trio. The CubeX Trio has the highest range of print options of any desktop 3D printer.

  • Smart Cartridge System - MoistureLock cartridge ensures extended shelf life and total material usage, improving print quality and sustainability. The printer detects material type based on the cartridge, providing automatic settings when switching materials between ABS and PLA. The cartridges are easy to load and store while preserving the life and quality of the materials.

  • Consumer Experience for Professionals – Professionals, educators and serious hobbyists deserve the same ease-of-use offered to mainstream users which is why CubeX has an easy touchscreen interface, lightning fast software, simple printing from a USB flash drive or direct USB connectivity and sleek design while delivering high speed and high definition prints in 16 color choices.

  • Sustainability – CubeX users can send back empty cartridges for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and send back their used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting. All CubeX printers are shipped locally from USA and EU distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubeX uses a heatless print pad that delivers significant power conservation compared to other 3D printers. 3D Systems is committed to making consumer 3D printing efficient, affordable, and sustainable.

  • 3D Printing Services – Registering your CubeX for free on Cubify.com allows for easy hardware and software updates and immediate access to Cubify’s cloud printing service, whether users store designs on Cubify® or use cloud printing for higher quality prints and consumer products. Cube Experts offer both email and hotline support 16 hours each day from 3:00am to 8:00pm EST.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

For more information, visit: www.timmodelmakers.nl or www.3dsystems.com

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Cubify® Invent™, the first 3D design tool developed specifically with 3D printing in mind, empowering users to turn their ideas into reality for just $49. From the 3D content-to-print innovator and leader, simply download a free trial of Cubify Invent and start creating and making today.

Cubify Invent combines the power of professional design software with intuitive, free tutorials that make learning fun and easy. People familiar with basic CAD tools like SketchUp®, and new users alike, can quickly advance to create and make in 3D, transforming even their most complex designs into 3D printables with Cubify Invent. Cubify members can access cloud-printing services for their creations or print their designs on Cube®, the world's first 3D printer for the home.

"We are thrilled to offer the most affordable and powerful 3D design tool on Cubify today. Cubify Invent, combines our extensive 3D printing and design expertise to deliver a unique create-and-make experience to beginners and professionals alike, and this is just the beginning," promised Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems.

For more information or to download a trial, visit: www.cubify.com/products/cubify_invent/index.aspx

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that has acquired Viztu Technologies, the developer of Hypr3D, an online platform that allows anyone to turn their pictures and videos into printable 3D creations.  The company expects to integrate Viztu into Cubify.com, adding intuitive and fun scan-to-print and create-to-print apps.  Viztu’s founders, Ash Martin and Tom Milnes, join the 3D Systems team, enhancing our content creation and capture, hardware and software developing.

“Viztu adds an important building block to our growing Cubify platform. Now everyone can begin to express themselves in 3D as easily as snapping a picture,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “We believe that this investment will accelerate the democratization of the entire 3D create and make experience for everyone.”

Two guys from MIT meet in a class. One speaks tech, the other speaks business, and Viztu is born. From being a semi-finalist in the 2010 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition to winning the 2012 SXSW Accelerator Award in the Innovative Web category, Viztu has turned into a computer vision powerhouse, freeing these amazing 3D tools from the lab and releasing them upon the world.
 
For more information, visit: www.viztu.com

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its Cube® home 3D printer made Stuff Magazine’s 2012 Cool List, ranking in the top five out of 19 hottest products for the year. Known for heralding what’s new and breakthrough in gadgets, gear and technology, Stuff Magazine refers to this list as ‘The Most Awesome Stuff of Now.’ The 19 gadgets, trends, apps and items of intrigue that follow aren't just cool – they're bona-fide tech milestones.
 
Stuff Magazine suggests that “Just as Apple blew minds by introducing the concept of a 'home' PC in 1976, so it could be the Cube and 3D printing. It's not the world's first 3D printer, but it is the first to tempt our inner mad scientist, with a (relatively) low price tag and user-friendly touchscreen. Files for your plastic 3D objects can be downloaded online, and a forthcoming app will allow you to scan items with your Kinect. Whether you want to print spare parts for ancient furniture or create jewelry from the waveform of your favorite song, the Cube points a big, plastic arrow towards an exciting, personalized future.”

“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for this prestigious and extremely awesome recognition. Cube has been shipping now for just over a month and we continue to be delighted with the overwhelming response to this exciting ‘plug and play’ 3D printer for the class room and living room,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing, 3D Systems.

For more information, visit: cool-list.stuff.tv or www.cubify.com

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Business 3D printing used to mean being locked into a vendor’s single technology platform; or purchasing from multiple vendors and wasting time with complex purchasing and support processes. No more.

The new paradigm in 3D printing is about having it all from one source; technology choices for virtually any application; streamlined purchasing; and a single, local source for service across all products.

This seminar will show you how to do it right. You’ll see:

  • How to choose the right 3D printer for any application, from a wide range of technologies and price points
  • Live demos of ZPrinter® and ProJet™ 3D printers
  • Detailed information on the new ZPrinter® 850 and ProJet™ 3500
  • The cost efficiencies of a single source for purchasing and support

Don’t miss your chance to have it all. Attend a no-cost 3D Systems seminar near you.

For more information on locations or to register, visit: www.zcorp.com/en/forward/events.aspx?c=14

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Mcor Technologies Ltd, the manufacturer of the only range of paper 3D printers in the world today announced the addition of two new senior sales directors to build on the company’s momentum in 3D printing markets.

Both are 3D printing sales veteran; Gary Fudge, most recently of 3D Systems and formerly Z-Corporation, has joined Mcor as Sales Director of Americas and Bryan Ferrand, also comes from 3D Systems (and formerly Z-Corporation) has joined as Sales Director EMEA & APAC. Both Directors are responsible for expanding business in their respective territories, in verticals such as education, GIS, MCAD, AEC, arts, entertainment and medical.

These moves are just the latest milestones in a period of rapid growth for Mcor, whose 3D printers are steadily expanding in colour capability, affordability, quality, ease of use and office compatibility.

“We warmly welcome Gary and Bryan to what we believe is the company to watch in this industry,” said Dr Conor MacCormack, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “It is an exciting time for Mcor with the release of our full colour 3D printer, the Mcor IRIS, imminent and paper 3D printing becoming the technology of choice in many markets. A key success factor for us is having the right people, and these new colleagues are shining examples who will help us drive more expansion going forward.”

Gary brings a wealth of experience and a reputation for expanding sales in high-growth markets and has over 20 years experience in direct sales, channel management and technical sales management across service, hardware and software sectors. He has successfully built and managed channels and implemented sales programs around the world. Gary has also held a number of leadership roles in ARRK Product Development Group and Geomagic.

Bryan comes with a track record achieving record growth figures within Central & Eastern Europe & Russia with Z-Corporation and moving to continued success at 3D systems in Eastern Europe, Russia & UK. Bryan also worked as sales director for Emco, one of the largest educational resellers in the UK for the Z-Corporation range of 3D printers. He was responsible for overall company sales & marketing, managing the sales team and a large number of customer accounts/projects.

MacCormack adds, “Mcor will continue to invest in innovation and the right people in order to ensure broad adoption of accessible paper 3D printing with full 3D colour capability and I look forward to leading that charge.”

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today "Smarter 3D Printing," an interactive and informative seminar series for entrepreneurs and professionals to experience the latest 3D printers in action and explore the benefits of 3D Systems' end-to-end, 3D content-to-print solutions and services. These seminars provide immediate access to powerful ideation-to-production tools and services and are offered July through September 2012 at participating 3D Systems' partner locations across North America.

"Smarter 3D Printing" simplifies the complex 3D printing landscape, highlighting the power of accessibility, affordability and choice. 3D Systems offers the broadest range of 3D printing solutions, removing sourcing and integration complexity and delivering substantial time and cost savings. The seminar series is ideal for design and manufacturing professionals as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to infuse innovation and competitive advantage into their operation. Participants will learn:

  • How to choose the right solution for virtually any application
  • The capabilities and affordability of ZPrinter® and ProJet™ 3D printers
  • The inside scoop on next-gen ZPrinter® 850 and ProJet™ 3500
  • How to complement in-house 3D printing with Quickparts® on-demand services
  • How to save money with unified training and support across all products

"Summer is a great time for professionals to catch up on emerging trends, network with local colleagues, and make strategic investments that offer a solid financial return," said Michele Marchesan, 3D Systems Vice President, Global Sales, Personal and Professional 3D Printers. "We're making it easy by bringing "Smarter 3D Printing" to you."

For more information, visit: www.zcorp.com/en/forward/events.aspx?c=14

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today that several of its VisiJet® materials have met the rigorous requirements for USP Class VI certification, including biocompatibility for healthcare applications. Class VI plastics can be used to produce medical devices, surgical guides and other implements used in and around the human body. These VisiJet® materials are now approved for use in a broad set of applications that improve treatment outcomes and patience experience.  Through enhanced bio-mimicry, individualized fit and accelerated delivery, medical and dental treatment quality can be enhanced at higher provider productivity and lower costs.

The USP Class VI VisiJet® materials listed below are available for immediate delivery and are suitable for:

  • 3D printed dental and orthopedic surgical guides;
  • 3D printed one day custom crown preparation guides; and
  • 3D printed parts for use in other medical applications.

The following are USP Class VI certified VisiJet® materials with their companion, integrated ProJet™ 3D Printers:

VisiJet® Crystal Plastic Material
ProJet™ SD 3500, HD 3500 & HD3500plus

VisiJet® Stoneplast Plastic Material
ProJet™ MP 3500

VisiJet® Clear Plastic Material
ProJet™ 6000/7000

VisiJet® EX200 Plastic Material
ProJet™ SD 3000, HD 3000 & HD3000plus

VisiJet® MP200 Plastic Material
ProJet™ MP 3000

For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/class-vi-certification-information-visijet-materials

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced that the company will showcase its latest and most affordable 3D content-to-print solutions at the International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE, 2012, held June 24–27, at the San Diego Convention Center.

3D Systems plans to demonstrate its unmatched portfolio of easy to use and affordable 3D printers tailored to the education marketplace, including the latest ProJet™ 1500 color 3D printer with its smooth surface finish, durable parts. To showcase the largest build envelope in its class, 3D Systems will feature the newest member of the award winning RapMan™ family, the 3DTouch™, which starts under $4,000 and offers true classroom printability.

3D Systems will also display its recently launched 3D printer for the home, Cube®.  A sleek industrial design and small footprint make the Cube® 3D printer portable, compelling and truly 'plug and print'. Consumers choose from 10 exciting material colors, free designer 3D printable files and a rapidly growing collection of innovative co-creation tools and apps at Cubify.com for a game-like create and make experience.

"We are thrilled to share our unparalleled portfolio of affordable printers and solutions with ISTE attendees," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President, Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "We have been committed to education for years, but when you add Cube® and Cubify™ to the equation we are uniquely positioned to democratize creativity and provide students with tomorrow's skills, today."

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.  ISTE is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. ISTE's annual conference and exposition is one of the world's premier education technology events.

For more information, visit: www.iste.org

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today that the underwriters for its recently announced public offering have exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 451,000 shares of 3D Systems Corporation common stock. As a result, the company will issue a total of 4,151,000 shares in the offering and expects to receive net proceeds, after deducting the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses payable by the company, of approximately $106.8 million.  The offering is expected to close on June 19, 2012, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Needham & Company, LLC acted as the sole book-running manager of the offering.  Canaccord Genuity Inc. acted as co-lead manager, and Maxim Group LLC and Axiom Capital Management, Inc. acted as co-managers.

3D Systems intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance future acquisitions of other entities or their assets and for working capital and general corporate purposes. The shares described above are being offered by 3D Systems pursuant to an effective registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering, when available, may be obtained from Needham & Company, LLC, 445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, (800) 903-3268.

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

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today that it is offering to sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering of approximately $100 million.  Needham & Company, LLC is acting as the sole book-running manager of the offering and Canaccord Genuity is acting as co-lead manager.
 
3D Systems intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance future acquisitions of other entities or their assets and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
 
The shares described above are being offered by 3D Systems pursuant to an effective registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering has also been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website.
 
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering, when available, may be obtained from Needham & Company, LLC, 445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, (800) 903-3268.

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

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Bespoke Innovations™, Inc. (“Bespoke”), a startup based in San Francisco, California, that is bringing a more personal approach to the way a broad spectrum of medical devices are developed and used. Bespoke develops proprietary, integrated scan, design and print technology that is designed to deliver custom fit prosthetics, orthotics and orthopedic devices that improve treatment and lifestyle outcomes.

Although the company expects to make additional R&D investments before it can commercialize new Bespoke products, it affirms its previously announced guidance of $330 million to $360 million in revenue and $1.00 to $1.25 Non-GAAP EPS.  The company does not expect this acquisition to be material to its revenue for the remainder of 2012.   

3D Systems plans to integrate Bespoke into its growing healthcare solutions services and leverage its integrated scan, design and print technology to develop and commercialize a full range of innovative, ventilated and lightweight custom fit prosthetics, orthotics and orthopedics.

"This is an exciting and timely development that fuses together essential Bespoke and 3D Systems technologies to deliver an expanded range of life enhancing, cost effective treatments for the benefit of patients and providers alike, within existing insurance reimbursement codes,” said Scott Summit, co-founder of Bespoke Innovations™.

“Bespoke products can deliver extraordinary individualization and style to an underserved audience through its extraordinary designs and proprietary scan-to-print technology,” said Abe Reichental President & CEO, 3D Systems. “We plan to fast-track additional Bespoke products to market and to enhance their affordability and availability through our technology and manufacturing infrastructure.”

For more information, visit: www.bespokeinnovations.com

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its new ProJet™ 7000 production 3D printer, extending the benefits of its ‘crossover’ technology further.  The ProJet™ 7000 combines push button simplicity with SLA® printability to deliver the highest quality, most accurate parts and patterns available. Its large build volume of 15x15x10 inches (380x380x250 mm) and lightning-fast build speed provides up to 4 times the production capacity of other printers in its class. The ProJet™ 7000 will be on display May 23-24, at RAPID 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, in booth # 120.

The ProJet™ 7000 production printer comes in 3 models: the SD for affordable high definition parts, the HD for ultra-high definition precision part manufacturing and the MP for dental and medical manufacturing applications. The ProJet™ 7000 prints the finest feature details resulting in the most accurate prototypes, parts and master patterns for urethane and investment casting applications.  This large capacity printer comes with a wide range of VisiJet® functional materials including tough, flexible, black, clear, e-stone and high temperature materials, ensuring users can switch seamlessly to just the right print material for any production application.

“The powerful combination of push button simplicity and SLA printability makes the ProJet™ 7000 value very compelling to our professional and production users,” stated Buddy Byrum, Vice President Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems.

“Customers asked us for larger and more part printing capacity and our ProJet™ 7000 delivers.  Its expanded print format delivers both larger models and more parts in a single print for enhanced overall productivity.”

For more information, visit: www.production3dprinters.com/sla/projet-hd-7000 or www.sme.org/rapid

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its latest 3D content-to-print products and services at RAPID 2012, May 23 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

3D Systems will demonstrate its portfolio of 3D printers, including the new ProJet™ 3500 printers that offer ultra-high definition and precision wax printability.  Productivity and performance will be highlighted through its ProJet™ 6000 that combines push button simplicity with real SLA® part performance and its just announced, full color ZPrinter® 850, boasting the largest print area in its class.

3D Systems will display its latest on demand parts services and its personal color printers including its Cube™ home printer,  3DTouch™ and ProJet™ 1500, bringing together complete ideation-to-production capabilities for professionals and consumers.

“We are ecstatic to share our unparalleled portfolio of products and services with RAPID attendees,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President, Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “From the highest definition to speed, from full color to unrivaled part performance, we are democratizing creativity through access to affordable 3D printers, compelling 3D content and on demand parts services for the benefit of our growing global customer base.”

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 creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace 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, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence.

For more information, visit: www.3DSystems.com or www.sme.org/rapid



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Cideas, Inc., leading Rapid Prototyping, Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and 3D Printing company announced its acquisition of 3D Systems sPRO™ 60 HD HS. The purchase comes in response to growing demand for high definition prototypes and parts for aerospace, consumer products and medical industries.

"The sPRO™ 60 HD HS allows us to manufacture high-definition, durable plastic parts from a broad range of available thermoplastics," said Cideas President Mike Littrell. "What makes this a significant machine, is the digital scanning feature, a fairly new technology that is currently unavailable to the sPRO™ 140 and sPRO™ 230. "The part quality is extremely impressive; it enables us to create complex assemblies, as well as, production quantities with ease."

Cideas is the world's largest independently owned service provider of the Fused Deposition Modeling™ technology. Within months of relocating to their new state-of-the-art Chicago-land based facility, Cideas has installed two large frame Fortus Fused Deposition Modeling™ systems and one Selective Laser Sintering® system.

Cideas will display 3D printing technology, prototypes and parts at RAPID 2012, May 23-24, 2012. RAPID is North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition for design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies.

Founded in 1998, Cideas is the largest independently owned service provider of the Fused Deposition Modeling™ technology. Their new state of the art Chicago-land based facility was specifically designed to house their 16+ FDM™ systems, as well as; Selective Laser Sintering®, Polyjet™ systems, Urethane casting and Stereolithography® services. The new facility also boasts "in house" paint, polishing and pattern finishing services. Cideas supports over 10 different FDM materials such as: ABS-M30, M30i, ABS-ESD7, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PC, ULTEM 9085, PPSF / PPSU, P400, and ABS F1. In addition to FDM™, the company offers an additional 15+ materials with Polyjet™, Selective Laser Sintering® (SLS®), Stereolithography® (SLA®), Urethane Casting, CAD Engineering and full model finishing services. Cideas is a member of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

For more information, visit: www.buildparts.com or www.production3dprinters.com/sls/spro-60-hd-sls-production-printer

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its maker and consumer solutions at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 19–20, 2012, at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds, Expo Hall in booth #16.

Anchoring the exhibit is our exciting Cube Odyssey car, packed with our new Cube™ home printers, that has logged over 7,500 miles traveling across the country visiting schools, museums and maker spaces. We invite parents and their children to participate in our Kideville workshops, where children collaboratively design and print a village. We encourage everyone to enter our on-site My Robot Nation contest to create and win a full color 3D printed robot. Come experience first-hand our new, at home Cube™ printer and our maker special, triple print jet 3DTouch™, the largest print area personal printer on the market today.

"We are thrilled to share with makers and their families our game-changing create and make tools," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "Our fun 3D printers, cloud printing services and game-like creativity Apps are all available through Cubify.com."

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 creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace 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, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event in 2011 with some 100,000 people in attendance.

For more information, visit: www.makerfaire.com

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its latest 3D content-to-print solutions at the American Institute of Architects' 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC May 17-19th.

Architects continue to stretch the limits on fine feature detail, speed and sizes to accommodate larger and more complex scale models. With our recently launched ZPrinter® 850, boasting the largest build platform in its class, architects can print larger scale,  fine detailed models faster. Users can also stack up several small scale massing models in a single build, conducting quick design studies and concept iterations with their teammates, clients or regulatory boards.

"We are pleased to share our complete design to manufacturing capabilities with the attendees of AIA 2012," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems.  "Working closely with customers we have already transformed the way architects design and communicate. With our expanded range of on-site and cloud printing services we look forward to empowering more architects to create and make faster."

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 creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace 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, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence.

In May, thousands of architects and design professionals will convene in Washington, D.C., for the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, the industry's most comprehensive national event.  This annual convention and design exposition is attended by principals, partners, and other top level leaders in the architecture community.

For more information, visit: convention.aia.org/event/convention-home.aspx

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3D Systems Corporation, (NYSE:DDD) has been named a finalist in the Technology Manufacturing category for the 2012 TechAmerica Foundation American Technology Awards (ATA’s). The ATA’s cross the technology industry recognizing technology products and services like Cube® home 3D printer. The winners will be announced at the Technology and Government gala dinner in Washington, D.C. June 13, 2012.

“It is a real honor and we are grateful to be selected as a finalist by ATA for our game changing Cube®, the first ever at home 3D printer,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Solutions for 3D Systems .  “With the Cube® and Cubify.com, our 3D on-line destination, we are democratizing creativity for children and adults alike.”

“The caliber of this year’s nominees was incredible. Our judges had their work cut out for them,” said Jennifer Kerber, President of the TechAmerica Foundation. “We congratulate 3D Systems for their outstanding work and thank them for their contribution to the growth and innovation of our vibrant tech industry.”
 
The awards, also known as the “Termans” in honor of the widely credited father of Silicon Valley, are awarded on the basis of a thorough evaluation by industry experts and technology leaders.
 
Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) will also be honored during the dinner with the American Technology Awards Corporate Leadership Award and Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer, Richard Spires will be recognized as the Government Technology Executive of the Year.

TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings.
 
For more information, visit: www.techamericafoundation.org/technology-government-award-winners

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired FreshFiber BV, a leading 3D printed consumer goods brand, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

3D Systems plans to integrate FreshFiber into its growing consumer business and leverage the FreshFiber brand and leadership position to expand its reach into individualized and personalized electronics accessories.

"This is an exciting development that will allow us to bring an expanded range of accessories and services to our customers," said Christian Dijkhof of FreshFiber.

FreshFiber is the leading 3D printed consumer electronics accessories brand sold on-line and in retail stores today.  Over the past two years, FreshFiber grew its product offering and presence globally through high-end retail stores like Apple, FNAC and Gravis.

“FreshFiber delivers extraordinary personalization and style through a wide range of co-creation APPS and choices that empower consumers to customize their accessories, including its flagship iPhone® cases,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “We plan to enhance FreshFiber’s portfolio through our technology and manufacturing infrastructure as well as our growing Cubify.com platform.”

FreshFiber is a European design label focused on bringing art and fashion to electronics devices like smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets we use on a daily basis.

The production method is totally new to the accessories industry: designs are carefully fused into a shape by a laser, one layer at a time. This “3D Printing” allows for complete freedom of form and affordable personalization.  It enables anyone to fully express their ideas and personality.

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

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced today non-GAAP adjusted earnings of 25 cents per share for the first quarter of 2012 and GAAP earnings of 12 cents per share.

Revenue increased 63% to $77.9 million over the first quarter of 2011.  Printer units grew 153% for the quarter compared to 2011.

Gross profit grew 67% for the first quarter on higher revenue and gross profit margin expanded 143 basis points over the 2011 period to 50%.

The company reports 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, 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 tables and schedule two.   

For the first quarter of 2012, the company reported non-GAAP adjusted net income of $13.2 million resulting in $0.25 earnings per share, up 47% compared to the first quarter of 2011, and GAAP net income of $6.2 million, which included the expected $2.4 million restructuring and severance costs from its first quarter Z Corp and Vidar acquisitions, resulting in $0.12 earnings per share.

The company generated $15.8 million of cash from operations in the first quarter 2012, after incurring a $13.1 million increase in its operating expenses from expected acquisition and higher sales and marketing costs. The increase also included a $2.1 million of higher R&D expenditures in support of its Cubify.com consumer initiative and expanded R&D programs in support of the businesses it acquired during the first quarter of 2012.

“We are pleased to report another quarter of record revenue and printer units,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Record print materials revenue and continued margin expansion drove our consolidated gross profit margin upward validating the earnings power of our business model.”

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

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of the VIDAR NDT PRO™, a new Non-Destructive Test (NDT) X-Ray Film Digitizer, answering the call for effective aerospace, defense and energy products and plants testing and compliance requirements.

The VIDAR NDT PRO™ provides an affordable, precise and automated imaging solution for non-destructive test records using VIDAR’s next generation proprietary digitizing technology.

"The VIDAR NDT PRO™ is a real breakthrough solution for aerospace, defense and energy companies that are required to conduct and record non-destructive testing,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “We are excited to deliver to our customers in these growing verticals effective imaging and archiving tools that improve the performance, safety and quality of their products.”

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 creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace 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, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence.

For more information, visit: www.vidar.com/industrial-film-digitizer

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its next generation ProJet™ 3500 professional series 3D printers in eight configurations with nine new performance tailored VisiJet® print materials that deliver greater ease of use with enhanced high definition printability and performance for functional prototyping and investment casting patterns for healthcare, automotive and aerospace manufacturing applications.

ProJet™ 3500 printers incorporate 3D Systems’ latest patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, including its production-grade printhead, advanced material management and intuitive touchscreen interface, to produce high definition functional plastic parts and wax patterns with unmatched performance, detail and surface quality.  The extended range of new VisiJet® print materials available for the ProJet™ 3500 cover the widest array of customer applications including high-impact, durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production, and specialized materials for the digital production of jewelry, dental prosthesis, dental models and medical implants.  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 operation costs compared to other alternatives.

“We have listened to our customers and advanced our ProJet™ technology to professional-grade performance and ease-of-use,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “We are excited to bring next-generation 3D printers that deliver greater productivity, enhanced performance and production-floor-readiness for the benefit of our growing installed base globally.”

3D Systems’ new 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-printers/projet-hd-3500-3d-professional-3d-printer

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