3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. ("RPDG"), a provider of on-demand additive and traditional manufacturing services.
3D Systems plans to integrate RPDG's state-of-the-art capabilities into its growing Quickparts services immediately.
"We are honored to become part of 3D Systems, the recognized global 3D content-to-print leader," said Tony Moran, CEO and Founder of RPDG. "Together, we can deliver the full impact of 3D printing and traditional manufacturing capabilities to our global customers."
"We are very pleased to add a proven service provider and innovator of RPDG's reputation, experience and scale to our rapidly growing, global network of on-demand parts services," said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts Services for 3D Systems. "With Tony and his team on board, we are extremely well positioned to expand our services to support our growing customer demand."
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet® x60 series of full color 3D printers with an ability to print 90% of the colors available in Adobe® Photoshop® and new VisiJet® PXL materials utilizing 3D Systems’ exclusive ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Feature rich with exceptional performance and value, the ProJet x60 offers enhanced functionality, utility and productivity.
Built on the proven ZPrinter® platform, the ProJet x60 combines the most comprehensive, capable and extensive features of 3D printers available today to further extend 3D Systems’ range of addressable applications. Whether you need full-color models, precision verification parts or beautifully detailed assemblies that pass for finished products, the new ProJet x60 delivers. From striking architectural white to photo realistic pastels and bold vibrant color, these parts communicate design intent like nothing else can, quickly and affordably. The new ProJet x60 professional printers offer new levels of productivity with faster print mode options, improved user convenience with mobile connectivity using tablet computers and smartphones, and more powerful coloring and file preparation software tools.
There are 6 new ProJet printer models:
“These exciting, next generation color printers embody 3D Systems’ commitment to democratize access to powerful and affordable 3D printing solutions for professionals, educators and consumers, alike,” said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and General Manager, Personal and Professional Printers for 3D Systems. “The new ProJet x60 series builds on our innovation heritage, leverages our expanded line of 3D content-to-print solutions and enables users to create more, faster.”
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Accura® Xtreme™ White-200 plastic for use in 3D Systems'iPro SLA® printers. This next generation SLA material extends 3D Systems' unmatched solutions for direct manufacture of end use parts further.
As the toughest and most durable SLA material available today, Accura Xtreme White-200 offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and the stiffness and durability of ABS plastic, making it the top choice for functional assemblies that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments. Use cases include snap fits, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that must be bolted together.
"The new Accura Xtreme White-200 exhibits faster build speeds, better detail fidelity and nicer sidewall quality than other durable materials we've previously offered," said Steve Grundahl, President of MidWest Prototyping. "All this while providing incredibly durable parts."
"Our new Accura Xtreme White-200 material is a revolutionary breakthrough in SLA plastics," said Steve Hanna, Global Director of Materials, for 3D Systems. "Accura Xtreme White - 200 parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses. Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of an injection molded part."
For more information, visit: www.production3dprinters.com/materials/accura-xtreme-white-200-plastic
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of eight new ProJet® 3500 professional 3D printers that deliver greater productivity and are equipped with its latest remote tablet controls for the production of functional plastic parts and investment casting wax patterns for professional grade design and manufacturing applications.
The new ProJet 3500 series incorporates 3D Systems’ recently introduced ProJet HD MAX and CPX MAX technology platform including its patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, tablet-like touchscreen controls and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 series printers are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications, including high-impact, high temperature resistant, durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices. ProJet 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
“With the addition of these new printers we’ve expanded our best-ever capabilities across a new ProJet 3500 family of ten printers,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “These new printers produce feature detail and quality that is unrivaled, and deliver unparalleled user experience including on-the-go access through our innovative and exclusive Print3D App for tablet computers and smartphones.”
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 series printers, together with its expanded range of ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired COWEB, based in Paris, France, a start-up that creates consumer customized 3D printed products and collectibles. 3D Systems plans to offer these personalized figures through the company’s proprietary content hosting and publishing platform, Cubify, which includes full Digital Rights Management, DRM. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
COWEB’s online tools create licensed collectibles as well as a wide range of original custom figurines that can be personalized and 3D printed in full color, using uploaded photos. When integrated into 3D Systems’ powerful Cubify hosting platform, these capabilities enable creative collaborations like the one previewed earlier in the week at CES between CBS’s Star Trek franchise and 3D Systems, which invites Star Trek fans globally to personalize their favorite Original Series character, 3D print it in the cloud in full color and have it mailed right to their homes.
“COWEB’s creative approach to delivering unique products to a growing consumer audience matches up perfectly with the Cubify platform. We look forward to welcoming the COWEB team to 3D Systems’ Cubify where fans and consumers alike can actually co-create new and unique, one-of-a-kind products,” said Sarah Stocker, Senior Director, Consumer Solutions Business, 3D Systems.
For more information, visit: www.3DSystems.com or www.votrefigurine.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) unveiled its CubeX®, the ultimate desktop 3D printer, boasting the largest print volume in its category and triple-color printing, making it the ideal printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs. The CubeX will be on display at CES, January 8 – 11, 2013, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Main Hall, booth 15447, and the CES MommyTech Zone, booth 71003, in the Venetian.
Need big, professional parts fast? With CubeX it’s a slam-dunk. CubeX provides an intuitive consumer experience with multi-color, professional grade printability. Pricing starts at $2,499 and includes a variety of advanced features.
3D Systems has made 3D printing even easier to own and simpler to use by including 3 cartridges, 10 free prints, and Cubify Invent design software, the only 3D design tool optimized for 3D printing, with every CubeX 3D printer. Cubify.com provides a platform for CubeX users to utilize, monetize and play with 3D printing for both professional and personal interests.
“We are proud to unveil the ultimate desktop 3D printer and to offer it on our consumer platform, Cubify, where prosumers can work and play in one place without sacrificing their professional needs or desires for fun printing,” said, Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3D Systems. “We are excited to see the innovations that are sure to come from CubeX educators, entrepreneurs, and serious 3D enthusiasts.”
The company is now accepting orders and plans to commence shipment on February 8, 2013.
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubex/index.aspx?tb_cubex_learn
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic, Inc. This acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013, after those conditions are met. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The combination of Geomagic’s powerful sculpting, modeling, scanning and inspecting software tools with 3D Systems’ portfolio strengthens its 3D authoring platform and positions the company for accelerated growth in the fast-growing, 3D content-to-print space. The transaction adds complementary products and technology, increases the company’s reseller coverage globally and is expected to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in the first full year following the completion of transaction.
“Geomagic represents the perfect strategic fit for us and we are thrilled to welcome 3D pioneer and Geomagic Founder and CEO Ping Fu as our Chief Strategy Officer,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. “Our complementary capabilities in product development, channel coverage and marketing combined with greater efficiencies are sure to result in more affordable and user friendly solutions that will delight our customers and could present attractive long term shareholder value. In line with that, we intend to expand the range of our 3D authoring solutions further into new manufacturing and consumer applications and concurrently maintain and enhance the existing Geomagic and Rapidform product lines.”
“We have worked with 3D Systems for several years to accelerate adoption of 3D content-to-print solutions and believe that now is the right time to combine our efforts to further democratize access to design and 3D printing,” said Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic. “Joining 3D Systems provides us with the scale, resources and strategic platform to realize our shared vision of delivering functional, affordable and extensible 3D authoring solutions for the benefit of professional designers and engineers, as well as the exciting Maker’s movement.”
For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com or www.geomagic.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its Paramount team was selected by Pennsylvania as one of the state’s Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania, RAMP, awardees. 3D Systems has committed resources and know-how to the development of novel Nano composites to be used with its proprietary Selective Laser Sintering 3D printing technology to meet Pennsylvania’s custom manufacturing vision and requirements.
3D Systems’ Paramount team offers world-class AS9100C and ISO9001:2008 certified rapid product development and manufacturing. Paramount, in collaboration with Lehigh University, was chosen on competitive merit by RAMP after demonstrating technology and manufacturing readiness.
“This award represents our unwavering commitment to the research, development and commercialization of rapid manufacturing solutions,” said Jim Williams, Managing Director, Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing, 3D Systems. “The success of this project will benefit Pennsylvania directly, as well as our nation, as the interest in 3D printing and advanced digital manufacturing continues to grow.”
For more information, visit: www.ices.cmu.edu/ramp
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Dreve FotoTec hearing aid material for use in the ProJet® 6000 professional 3D printer.
As a leader in additive manufacturing for healthcare, 3D Systems’ printers transformed the production of hearing aids almost a decade ago from labor-intensive, hand-crafted devices to fully automated, 3D printed, personalized in-ear hearing aids. The ProJet 6000 combines the ease of use of an office printer with the performance of genuine SLA® parts to deliver a nearly 2X improvement in throughput for hearing-aid production with a printed surface so smooth that it results in 50% less finishing time.
“We are pleased to expand our 3D Systems partnership with the addition of the ProJet 6000 to our own fleet of 3D Systems production printers,” stated Dr. Volker Dreve, CEO Dreve GmbH. “Our customers, like Comfoor B.V., will benefit by upgrading to the new ProJet 6000 using our new Fototec Otoplastik SL.E material based on its proven performance.”
“We are thrilled to offer our hearing aid customers a proven, integrated solution that combines the latest products from two leading providers into a powerful and affordable manufacturing tool,” said Lee Dockstader, Vice President of Business Development for 3D Systems.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/projet-6000
EnvisionTEC, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of patented 3D rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions, announced the settlement of the patent infringement lawsuit brought by 3D Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at the end of 2005. "We are pleased to have resolved this matter amicably and look forward to continuing to develop and provide our customers with innovative and cost-effective rapid prototyping solutions," said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani.
Since its first patent submission in 1999, EnvisionTEC has developed and released a broad array of solutions supporting the individual engineering desktop as well as large-scale enterprises and manufacturers. EnvisionTEC provides organizations of any size the capability to rapidly manufacture true-to-life and functional duplications of any CAD rendering with 3D representation that is unmatched in the industry. With nearly 100 patents, EnvisionTEC enjoys a strong customer and partner base in jewelry, automotive, dental, medical, biofabrication, animation, toys, sporting goods, aerospace, and packaged goods.
For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a new smartphone case app from FreshFiber – the FreshFiber Sculpture Case. The app allows users to upload a photo and turn it into a sculptured smartphone case for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5.
FreshFiber Sculpture App accepts any photo and applies image effects like embossing, shading, and inverting. The App can handle traditional portraits, pictures of nature and landscapes as well as logos and wording. The app creates a tribute to the people, places and things you love from sculpted images of a favorite sports team, a sunset or a family. Cases are made using Cubify® Cloud Printing and ship within 2 weeks, making this a great holiday gift.
“We are happy to bring another new app to the Cubify platform, and for the first time, one that empowers users to create a sophisticated 3D printed item for everyday use,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President, Global Marketing for 3D Systems, “FreshFiber Sculpture Case gives individuals a new way to express who and what they love on one of their most personal and most used possessions.”
For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/apps.aspx?tb__create_apps
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its new VisiJet® X Plastic Material, the first jetted plastic available with the look, feel and performance of injection molded ABS plastic ideal for prototyping, product mockups and end-use applications requiring extreme toughness and high temperature resistance.
New VisiJet X plastic works in 3D Systems’ ProJet® 3500 3D Printers including the SD, HD, HDPlus and new HDMax models, and provides new levels of durability and functionality previously unattainable with a jetted plastic.
“Our new VisiJet X material is a revolutionary breakthrough in jetted plastics,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “VisiJet X parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and end use applications, and a heat deflection temperature of 88oC right out of the printer with no additional tempering needed. Best of all, VisiJet X parts look great with a stunning white finish that really looks like it came from an injection mold.”
3D Systems’ ProJet 3500 series, together with its expanded range of other affordable ProJet printers, ZPrinters® and BfB™ printers are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printer-materials/projet-3500-5000-3d-printer-materials
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that effective immediately its Quickparts® on demand parts service is expanding globally, extending its reach across Europe. Simultaneously the company is launching its Quickparts proprietary instant online quoting engine in Europe. Continuous demonstrations of Quickparts capabilities will be on display at EuroMold, November 27 – 30, 2012, in 3D Systems booth D48, Messe Frankfurt, Germany.
Quickparts provides quick turn custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers to create real plastic and metal parts fast for their prototyping and production needs. Using patented QuickQuote® technology, Quickparts is able to provide product designers with a secure “instant online quote” for the manufacturing of real parts including 3D printed parts, CNC machined plastic parts, cast urethane parts, injection molding (tooling and parts), sheet metal parts, and metal castings.
“We are pleased to offer enhanced on demand parts services worldwide through the expansion and integration of the Quickparts brand and capabilities,” said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts, 3D Systems. “Just as important, we are delighted to deliver the full array of Quickparts services across Europe, complete with our instant online quoting starting today!”
For more information, visit: www.quickparts.com/eu/en.aspx
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its next generation ProJet® 3500 HDMax and CPXMax professional series 3D printers with greater productivity, larger high definition prints and remote tablet controls. These new ProJet printers are on display November 27-30, 2012 at EuroMold, Messe Frankfurt, Germany in Hall 11 stand D48.
ProJet 3500 Max printers incorporate 3D Systems’ latest patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, including its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, full platform high definition printing, tablet-like touchscreen controls, and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 Max printers are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications including high-impact, high temperature resistant durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production, and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices. ProJet® 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
“3D Systems next generation ProJet 3500 Max printers are the best yet,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “We are excited to extend our print envelope for high resolution prints resulting in increased throughput and part size with feature detail and quality that is only possible with ProJet printers.”
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 Max series, together with its expanded range of affordable ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.
For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has brought suit in the Federal District Court of South Carolina, Rock Hill division, against Formlabs, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Kickstarter, Inc. of New York, New York. 3D Systems is seeking injunctive relief and damages for infringement of one of its patents relating to the stereolithography process.
3D Systems' complaint asserts that the sale and use of the Form 1 3D printers sold by Formlabs and Kickstarter infringe a U.S. patent relating to stereolithography. Formlabs sold the Form 1 3D printers to backers of its Kickstarter campaign in September and October 2012.
"3D Systems invented and pioneered the 3D printing technology of stereolithography and has many active patents covering various aspects of the stereolithography process," said Andrew Johnson, General Counsel of 3D Systems. "Although Formlabs has publicly stated that certain patents have expired, 3D Systems believes the Form 1 3D printer infringes at least one of our patents, and we intend to enforce our patent rights."
For more information, visit: www.3DSystems.com