3D Printers

3D Systems Acquires Village Plastics

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – December 13, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the acquisition of Village Plastics Co., a leading 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.”

3D Systems CEO Named to Fortune Magazine’s 2013 Top 50 People In Business List

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – December 9, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it’s CEO, Avi Reichental, made Fortune Magazine’s 2013 list of top people in business, ranking number 22.  The annual list recognizes the top 50 business leaders “who defied expectations, executed big turnarounds, and delivered stellar results for their shareholders.”

Fortune points out that, “Longtime CEO Reichental is reaping the rewards of the 3D printing frenzy; revenue for the first nine months of the year climbed more than 40%”. For the second year in a row, the company also made Fortune Magazine’s 2013 list of the fastest-growing companies, climbing up to number 2 in tech and number 5 overall out of 100 global 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 parts of our global economy”.

3D Printing Facts

The most unique type of printing is currently the 3D printer.  Mostly scientists and manufactures use the 3D printer but it’s expected to become a household item within the next few years because of its declining price and rising popularity.

As of 2013 3D printers are still $13,000. This is expected to drop to $1,300 by 2016.  

There are many great things about the 3D printer. Here are some facts about 3D printing that you might not know.

  • 3D printing is used in many different industries.
  • There is a 3D printer that can create objects of widths as small as a human hair.
  • As the 3D printer becomes a household item people will be able to make themselves other household items such as violins, jewelry, toy cars, trinkets and even a bicycle.

3D Printing Market worth $8.41Billion by 2020

According to a new market research report on "3D Printing Market by Technology (SLA, SLS, EBM, FDM, EBM, LOM, 3DP), Materials (Polymers, Metal), Application (Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer, Healthcare, Government & Defense) & Geography (Americas, Europe, APAC & ROW) (2013 – 2020)" published by MarketsandMarkets the 3D printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% from 2013 to 2020, and reach $8.41 billion in 2020.

Browse 81 market data tables with 46 figures spread through 320 pages and in-depth TOC on 3D Printing Market by Technology (SLA, SLS, EBM, FDM, EBM, LOM, 3DP), Materials (Polymers, Metal), Application (Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer, Healthcare, Government & Defense) & Geography (Americas, Europe, APAC & ROW) (2013 – 2020).

3D Systems Acquires Figulo Corporation

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – December 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the acquisition of Figulo, a leading 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.

3D Systems’ Large-Format ProJet® 5000 3D Printers Get New Engineered Materials

ROCK HILL, South Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany – December 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced the immediate availability of two new VisiJet® class performance plastics for its ProJet® 5000 large-format 3D printer. The new VisiJet M5 Black is a strong, flexible polypropylene-like material that prints high definition parts with intricate feature details that are accented by its midnight black color. VisiJet M5-X is a strong, rigid material with hybrid ABS/polypropylene-like properties that comes in a bright white color and high definition.

These two new materials deliver mainstream functionality and engineered properties that are highly desired by professionals that specify 3DS MultiJet Printing (MJP) class-leading accuracy, surface finish and edge definition.

3D Systems Ships Geomagic Capture

ROCK HILL, South Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany –December 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced the immediate availability and shipping of Geomagic Capture®, a family of powerful, integrated desktop scanner and software tools for professional scan-based design and quality inspection ranging in price from $14,900 to $24,900. The company is exhibiting its entire Geomagic Capture family December 3-6 at EuroMold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany as part of its 3DPRINTING 2.0 showcase.

Geomagic Capture is available in six configurations, and each package includes a compact, ultra-precise, blue light LED scanner directly integrated with Geomagic software including:

3D Systems Reveals Geomagic Print: Universal Print Driver for Professional-Grade 3D Printers

ROCK HILL, South Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany, –December 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced Geomagic® Print™, a print driver that makes 3D files from virtually any source instantly printable on 3DS’ entire portfolio of ProJet® and ProX™ series printers. In line with 3DS’ commitment to democratizing access to 3D printing, Geomagic Print is an easy-to-use, intuitive tool that automates and optimizes the print prep process across 3DS’ platform of professional 3D printers. Geomagic Print is immediately available with the company’s new ProJet 5500X multi-material composites 3D printer and will become available across the entire portfolio during the first half of 2014.

Geomagic Print makes it easy to achieve outstanding 3D printing results by accepting files from any CAD system along with a variety of other 3D applications and preparing them for 3D printing.  This powerful universal print driver can automatically setup supports, nest multiple parts into a single job and ensure the ideal settings for optimal true-to-CAD print results. Geomagic Print also detects and directs the correction of problem files and optimizes designs based on the specific 3DS printer that will be used, eliminating the need to learn and maintain any other print preparation software.

3D Systems Unveils Professional Micro-SLA 3D Printer for $4,900

ROCK HILL, South Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany, December 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today unveiled its ProJet® 1200, a new affordable micro-SLA 3D printer ideal for small, precise, detail-rich parts and casting patterns, such as 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 democratizes access to professional-grade 3D printers for independent jewelers, dental labs and product designers.

“For the first time ever, a dental technician, an electronic component designer or a jeweler can afford to have their own professional 3D printer on their workbench,” said Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer, 3D Systems. “This is a significant step in democratizing access to individualized professional 3D printers for localized, distributed manufacturing.”

3D Systems Shifts Manufacturing Paradigm with ProX™ 500 SLS 3D Printer

ROCK HILL, South Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany, – December 3, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced the immediate availability of its ProXTM 500 SLS® 3D printer that delivers superior parts with greater precision, durability and quality in a compact production-grade Selective Laser Sintering system that is easy to own and economical to use. Designed for the manufacturing floor, the ProX 500 produces ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies for a variety of aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion products and mobile device use cases.

The ProX 500 is productive, reliably delivering parts with exceptional mechanical properties at production rates that are 7 times faster than comparable technologies. The compact ProX printer was developed in tandem with the revolutionary new DuraForm® ProX material to produce smoother wall surfaces and injection molding-like part quality, with resolution and edge definition that surpasses existing alternatives. With over 80% material reusability, the integration of both the new printer and material yields the most economical material utilization available.

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