3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the acquisition of Figulo, a provider of 3D printed ceramics for consumers, makers, artists, designers and architects. Figulo is changing the way ceramics are made by taking this time honored production and art form and transforming it with 21st century 3D printing technology. The company plans to immediately integrate Figulo’s 3D printed ceramics into its rapidly growing Cubify® ecosystem and its professional cloud printing service, Quickparts®, and to leverage Figulo’s considerable ceramics materials and process knowledge to fast track the commercialization of its own family of end-user ceramic 3D printers for home décor labels, pottery shops, artists and hobbyists.
Figulo has a cloud-based model for manufacturing ceramic objects using 3D printing based on 3DS’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Customers range from consumers and makers to artists, designers and architects. 3D printed ceramics from Figulo combine the high quality art form with the freedom of complexity allowed by 3D printing technology, empowering everyone from artists, designers and consumers to major décor labels to explore a new degree of what’s possible for kitchenware, tiling, art and more.
“I couldn’t think of a better home for Figulo than 3DS,” said Andrew Jeffery, President and CEO, Figulo Corporation. “This is a dream combination of 3D Systems’ powerful CJP full color technology with Figulo’s extensive ceramic materials and process know-how to accelerate online and at home adoption and to unleash the full potential of professional and consumer ceramic 3D printing.”
“With Figulo on board, we are enhancing both our Cubify and Quickparts capabilities and significantly expanding our materials and process expertise and know-how to fast track the commercialization of ceramic 3D printers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. “Ceramic 3D printing creates a unique experience for this time honored art form and is sure to induce a new breed of artists, designers and major décor labels to incorporate 3D printing into their professional toolbox while consumers enjoy the next dimension of décor and art.”
Figulo Corporation was founded in August 2011, by Andy Jeffery, Mark Sears and Tim Sheehen based on 3d printing manufacturing experience in materials, process, and traditional ceramics technology to offer personalized production of 3D printed and glazed ceramics to customers all over the world. People from the age of 10 have designed objects that Figulo makes and supplies through the major personalized production online marketplaces. Market areas include glazed ceramics for home decor, artistic and architectural applications.
For more information, visit: www.figulo.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 4500 3D printer, the first and only continuous-tone, full-color plastic 3D printer available on the market. This 3D printer delivers ready-to-use vibrant, full-color durable plastic parts straight out of the printer for a wide range of modeling, functional prototyping and real-use products.
The ProJet 4500 builds on 3DS’ powerful ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology platform and comes with a new class of sustainable VisiJet® C4 Spectrum materials. This revolutionary printer delivers strong semi-rigid parts, pixel-by-pixel, straight out of the printer, in high-resolution, pantone-like color with a superior surface finish. Safe for office, easy-to-use, sustainable to operate and fast to print on, the ProJet 4500 is economical and comes with fully integrated material recycling for greater yield and better total material usage.
“Leapfrogging from monochrome to full-color functional plastics redefines ‘the possible’ for designers, engineers, architects, marketers and artists,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President, Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “For the first time ever, users can get directly out of a 3D printer real-use parts, vibrant models, and functional prototypes in full color, quickly, accurately and affordably.”
The ProJet 4500 prints fast, generates minimal waste, requires no supports and delivers ready-to-use, full-color, functional parts and assemblies without post-processing or painting. This 3D printer is ideal for consumer products, home furnishings, healthcare, toys and collectibles companies, and completely shifts the paradigm for professionals engaged in architectural modeling, marketing communications, fashion design and more.
3D Systems also announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 5500X, a ground-breaking engineered composite materials 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology. The ProJet 5500X simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites, layer-by-layer at the pixel level, in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3DS’ printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.
“Having unlimited options of engineered material properties within a single print is every designer’s dream that when combined with the largest print volume in its class and true-to-CAD precision and fine detail makes the ProJet 5500X the clear choice,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “Designers and manufacturers alike are sure to discover new degrees of freedom and the reality of quick-turn production of functional multi-material assemblies, overmolded parts, rubber components, long-lasting living hinges and high-temp parts, all in one printer, all in a single print.”
With its industrial-grade print head, the ProJet 5500X prints up to two times faster than any other printer in its class, and produces more than 60% larger volume than all other comparable systems, producing larger parts up to half a meter long, or more parts per print job.
The ProJet 5500X delivers fast composite material print speeds using breakthrough materials with properties that can be easily varied within a single part. This new VisiJet® composite family of materials is precisely mixed by the ProJet 5500X print head on the fly to achieve superior mechanical properties and custom performance characteristics, and comes with a 5-year print head warranty.
For more information visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-4500 or www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-5500x
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of the Sense™ 3D scanner. Sense is flexible with scan size and can capture everything from a cupcake to a full-body, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. Sense comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing in a range of materials.
The Sense is priced at $399 and immediately available on Cubify.com. The Sense will also be available on Staples.com and in hundreds of Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.
"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."
Sense is powered by Geomagic® software, making the Sense unmatched in quality, scan speed and easy editing capabilities for consumers. Sense delivers professional performance at an affordable consumer price and guarantees an awesome user experience.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/sense
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it is investing $10 million to expand its Rock Hill, SC, manufacturing operations generating 145 new jobs. 3D Systems, the recognized 3D printing inventor and global leader is committed to building a future powered by sustainable, localized manufacturing. The company already began hiring for these positions and those interested in job opportunities with 3D Systems should visit the company’s careers webpage.
“To accommodate unprecedented demand for our products, we are expanding our manufacturing operations in the Charlotte Region. We are literally manufacturing the future in Rock Hill and deeply appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems Corporation.
“When one of our existing businesses expands, it sends a message to other companies that South Carolina is a place where they can find success,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate 3D Systems’ decision to invest $10 million and create 145 new jobs in Rock Hill. This announcement is another indication that our economic development efforts are on the right track.”
“Today’s announcement from 3D Systems provides another boost to our state’s manufacturing renaissance, and adds to our reputation in the advanced manufacturing sector. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Rock Hill and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“3D Systems has been a valuable partner since joining the Rock Hill community,” said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols. “We’re honored they continue to grow their business here, contributing high quality, high paying, high tech jobs. We’re proud to be offering an atmosphere in Rock Hill that positions companies like 3D Systems for ongoing success.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired The Sugar Lab, a start-up micro-design firm based in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to 3D printing customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections in real sugar. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Sugar Lab adopted 3D Systems' Color Jet Printing (CJP) technology to print on a sugar bed using different flavored edible binders that meet all food safety requirements. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate The Sugar Lab 3D printing technique into its professional and consumer content-to-print platforms with a variety of production-quality applications as well as the ability to 3D print indulgences at home.
"The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless," said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of the Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. Continued von Hasseln, "We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D Systems to help make that a reality."
"I believe there is a social covenant for indulgence that begins with desserts and The Sugar Lab will accelerate our ability to bring edible 3D printables to the masses while empowering chefs, restaurateurs and confectioners with never before explored digital creation tools for food," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with two kindred spirits; Liz and Kyle von Hasseln to quickly re-purpose our core 3D Systems print technology and jointly create delicious, custom confections."
The Sugar Lab was founded by Kyle and Liz von Hasseln, a husband and wife architectural design team in Los Angeles. They wanted to make a friend a birthday cake but didn't have an oven so they decided to try to 3D print a cake instead. After a period of trial and error that lasted well beyond her actual birthday they successfully printed a tiny cupcake topper that spelled her name in cursive sugar. She loved it and they thought others would as well so they officially started The Sugar Lab in their studio in Silver Lake.
For more information, visit: www.the-sugar-lab.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired CRDM, Ltd., a leading UK provider of rapid prototyping and rapid tooling services based in Bucks, England. The company intends to immediately integrate CRDM into its global Quickparts Solutions custom parts and manufacturing services. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
CRDM, Ltd. designs, prototypes and manufactures parts and tooling for a variety of automotive, aerospace, medical device and motorsports applications, including F1. With almost two decades of experience and a loyal customer base, CRDM extends 3D Systems' offerings and its footprint in the UK, further positioning the company at the center of the rapidly growing, direct manufacturing opportunity.
"CRDM is a strategic and geographically important addition to our rapidly growing 3D content-to-print services portfolio," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts Solutions, 3D Systems. "With a proven track record in advanced manufacturing and rapid tooling, CRDM complements and expands our extensive range of custom parts services."
For more information, visit: www.crdm.co.uk
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Cubify® Sculpt, a powerful virtual clay sculpting tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, intuitive sculpting delight for everyone. Cubify Sculpt, powered by 3D Systems' volumetric CAD engine, is ideal for the freeforming of organic shapes with ready-to-print output.
Cubify Sculpt packs a powerful feature set that includes embossing with textures, adding color with paint for full color 3D printing, intuitive push and pull tools to sculpt in virtual clay and accurate symmetry settings for designing organic shapes. The mash up feature empowers users to import multiple designs to create larger and more complex objects. Cubify Sculpt designs are 3D print-ready for at-home printing or cloud printing with materials like Cubify Ceramix and Cubify Colorstone. Cubify Sculpt accepts STL, OBJ and PLY file formats. 3D Systems plans to fully integrate Cubify Sculpt into its expanding Cubify platform and to its award winning Cube and CubeX 3D printer experiences with direct plugins.
"Cubify Sculpt shifts the 3D modeling tools paradigm, making design for instant 3D printing something everyone can do," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President & General Manager Consumer Products for 3D Systems. "Our new virtual sculpting experience sets the stage for mainstream users to create and make everyday useful and impactful printables."
For more information or to download a free trial, visit: www.cubify.com/sculpt
Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) is now offering 3D printers from 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), including the Cube® and the CubeX™. Whether for small businesses, product designers or students, Cube 3D printers are an affordable 3D printing solution that puts customers just a click away from their imagination. These printers offer a new way to express personality by creating fully formed objects through advances in printing software and technology.
“Office Depot is excited to offer innovative products and print solutions like the Cube and CubeX 3D printers that harness the power and versatility of the latest printing technology for our customers,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot. “We are already an established leader in 2D printing services and print product offerings. 3D printers are just the latest example of Office Depot’s commitment to providing new and pioneering products and solutions that customers need to start, run and grow their business.”
Cube 3D printers are ready to use right out of the box. Featuring Wi-Fi for a simple connection to other devices, they are compatible with Mac or Windows and come with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With ultra-portable designs, Cube 3D printers fit into the home, office or classroom.
Cube 3D Printer
The Cube 3D Printer is packed with user-friendly features, starting with its contemporary design and tablet-like touch screen. Print-ready and compact, it has 16 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects up to 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” in size.
CubeX 3D Printer
The CubeX is the ultimate 3D printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs; boasting the largest print volume in its category. It has 18 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects in all sizes up to 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”.
“We are thrilled to offer consumer and professional-grade technology like our family of Cube 3D printers at Office Depot so that everyone can now enjoy this latest generation of 3D printing,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Office Depot already has a robust offering of printing products and services, and with the addition of our 3D printers we can now expand our reach and bring businesses, schools and consumers access to this powerful new form of creativity and expression.”
For more information, visit: www.officedepot.com/a/browse/3d-printers/N=5+551578/
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired TeamPlatform, a cloud-based, collaborative design and project management platform. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate the TeamPlatform technology into both its professional and consumer offerings, including Geomagic Solutions and Cubify.com.
TeamPlatform allows product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies to easily manage hundreds of small or large projects with masses of data being shared and used concurrently. It delivers simple-to-use task management tools, project meta-data structuring capabilities and reusable workspace templates for effective, productive and affordable collaboration.
“TeamPlatform’s powerful collaboration tools connect and expand our growing 3D content-to-print portfolio, multiplexing global productivity and real-time collaboration for our customers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems, “We intend to immediately integrate it into our Geomagic Solutions and Cubify platforms for the benefit of our professionals and consumers globally.”
VisPower Technology was formed in 2010 and developed TeamPlatform with the mission of helping product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies easily manage hundreds of small or large projects concurrently with huge piles of data. Driven by an increasingly efficient and effective cloud computing infrastructure, online project management, collaboration, and data storage services are gaining momentum and attention.
For more information, visit: www.teamplatform.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of a new plastic injection molding-like material– VisiJet® M3 Black for use in its ProJet® 3500/3510 professional 3D printers. VisiJet M3 Black further expands the range of use cases of the company's ProJet printers into more demanding, functional, end use parts and products.
VisiJet M3 Black is the strongest, most durable ProJet 3500/3510 material yet, with excellent toughness and flex properties that make it suitable for snap fit and assembly applications. The beautiful jet-black color mimics injection molded plastic performance so engineers and designers can prototype, test and use parts that look and feel like the final product. Game changing materials like VisiJet M3 Black and VisiJet M3 X turns the ProJet series professional printers into a "factory-in-a-box", further democratizing rapid manufacturing for designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.
"VisiJet M3 Black material is a revolutionary breakthrough in ProJet plastic materials," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management for 3D Systems. "VisiJet M3 Black parts have the toughness and durability for rigorous testing and direct end use. When used in assemblies with other high performance materials like VisiJet M3 X, VisiJet M3 Black allows for design and testing capabilities that are unparalleled."
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/materials/visijet-m3-black
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of VisiJet® SL Impact plastic for use in 3D Systems’ ProJet® 6000 and ProJet® 7000 crossover 3D printers. VisiJet SL Impact provides nearly 50% higher impact strength with unmatched durability for direct manufacture of end use parts.
VisiJet SL Impact is highly versatile, powering a wider range of applications that require higher throughput Polypropylene, Polyethylene and ABS performance. It is ideal for functional parts that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments, and use cases, include snap fit parts, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and other applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that are bolted together.
“The step-change impact strength of our new VisiJet SL Impact material is a revolutionary breakthrough in 3D printing plastics,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management for 3D Systems. “VisiJet SL Impact parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses. Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of injection molded parts.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/materials/visijet-sl-impact
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has signed agreements to acquire approximately 80% of Phenix Systems, a leading global provider of Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers based in Riom, France. Phenix Systems designs, manufactures and sells proprietary Direct Metal 3D Printers that can print chemically pure fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns. Materials include stainless steel, tool steel, super alloys, non-ferrous alloys, precious metals and alumina for a variety of aerospace, automotive and patient specific medical device applications.
The combination of Phenix Systems unique Direct Metal technology with 3D Systems' extensive technology portfolio strengthens the company's offerings and immediately positions it at the heart of the fast-growing aerospace, automotive, defense and patient specific healthcare manufacturing opportunities. The transaction adds complementary printers and materials also strengthening the company's Selective Laser Sintering technology platform.
"Phenix represents the perfect strategic fit for us and we are thrilled to welcome François Reymondet, Patrick Teulet and their entire team to 3D Systems once the deal has closed," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. "Our complementary capabilities in advanced manufacturing combined with our effective R&D and extensive marketplace reach and coverage are sure to result in current and future direct metal solutions that will delight our customers."
"We have watched and admired 3D Systems for many years as they have driven the adoption of 3D content-to-print solutions globally. We believe that now is the right time to combine our efforts to take advantage of the accelerating demand for direct metal production," said François Reymondet, CEO of Phenix Systems.
This acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in July 2013. After those conditions are met and the acquisition closes, 3D Systems intends to launch a take-over bid on the remaining 20% of the shares of Phenix Systems, listed on the French stock market (Alternext), followed by a squeeze-out procedure should it reach 95% of the shares or voting rights of Phenix Systems, during the second half of 2013. The maximum price payable by 3D Systems for the 80% block is 13 euros per share.
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For more information, visit: www.phenix-systems.com
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. ("RPDG"), a provider of on-demand additive and traditional manufacturing services.
3D Systems plans to integrate RPDG's state-of-the-art capabilities into its growing Quickparts services immediately.
"We are honored to become part of 3D Systems, the recognized global 3D content-to-print leader," said Tony Moran, CEO and Founder of RPDG. "Together, we can deliver the full impact of 3D printing and traditional manufacturing capabilities to our global customers."
"We are very pleased to add a proven service provider and innovator of RPDG's reputation, experience and scale to our rapidly growing, global network of on-demand parts services," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts Services for 3D Systems. "With Tony and his team on board, we are extremely well positioned to expand our services to support our growing customer demand."
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet® x60 series of full color 3D printers with an ability to print 90% of the colors available in Adobe® Photoshop® and new VisiJet® PXL materials utilizing 3D Systems’ exclusive ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Feature rich with exceptional performance and value, the ProJet x60 offers enhanced functionality, utility and productivity.
Built on the proven ZPrinter® platform, the ProJet x60 combines the most comprehensive, capable and extensive features of 3D printers available today to further extend 3D Systems’ range of addressable applications. Whether you need full-color models, precision verification parts or beautifully detailed assemblies that pass for finished products, the new ProJet x60 delivers. From striking architectural white to photo realistic pastels and bold vibrant color, these parts communicate design intent like nothing else can, quickly and affordably. The new ProJet x60 professional printers offer new levels of productivity with faster print mode options, improved user convenience with mobile connectivity using tablet computers and smartphones, and more powerful coloring and file preparation software tools.
There are 6 new ProJet printer models:
“These exciting, next generation color printers embody 3D Systems’ commitment to democratize access to powerful and affordable 3D printing solutions for professionals, educators and consumers, alike,” said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and General Manager, Personal and Professional Printers for 3D Systems. “The new ProJet x60 series builds on our innovation heritage, leverages our expanded line of 3D content-to-print solutions and enables users to create more, faster.”
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Accura® Xtreme™ White-200 plastic for use in 3D Systems'iPro SLA® printers. This next generation SLA material extends 3D Systems' unmatched solutions for direct manufacture of end use parts further.
As the toughest and most durable SLA material available today, Accura Xtreme White-200 offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and the stiffness and durability of ABS plastic, making it the top choice for functional assemblies that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments. Use cases include snap fits, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that must be bolted together.
"The new Accura Xtreme White-200 exhibits faster build speeds, better detail fidelity and nicer sidewall quality than other durable materials we've previously offered," said Steve Grundahl, President of MidWest Prototyping. "All this while providing incredibly durable parts."
"Our new Accura Xtreme White-200 material is a revolutionary breakthrough in SLA plastics," said Steve Hanna, Global Director of Materials, for 3D Systems. "Accura Xtreme White - 200 parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses. Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of an injection molded part."
For more information, visit: www.production3dprinters.com/materials/accura-xtreme-white-200-plastic