3D Printers

3D Systems Founder Chuck Hull Receives The Distinguished George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Award

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –October 4, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that Chuck Hull, the inventor of 3D printing and founder of 3D Systems, was honored with the George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Award by Montana State University on October 3, 2013, in Bozeman, MT.

Hull invented the original 3D printing technology, Stereolithography (SLA), and led the development of the .stl file format, which continues to be the gold standard in ultra high-definition 3D printing and CAD connectivity to this day. Hull set to develop additive layer manufacturing to help an ailing automotive industry regain competitive advantage. After years of failed attempts Hull’s perseverance and inventiveness paid off when he successfully printed a teacup on March 9, 1983, and went on to file a patent for what he called Stereolithography and found 3D Systems in 1986.

3D Systems Celebrates Manufacturing Day With Open House Events Nationwide

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –October 3, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it plans to host several MFG (Manufacturing) Day open house events on Friday October 4, 2013. 3D Systems invites the public to participate in a series of interactive demonstrations of its latest professional and consumer content-to-print products including its production-grade printers. The company plans to showcase its advanced metal, plastic, ceramic and full color printing capabilities along with its innovative design and inspection tools and its award winning consumer 3D printers, Cube and CubeX. Participating locations include the company’s headquarters in Rock Hill, SC, its advanced research and manufacturing location in Andover, MA, and its software center in Morrisville, NC. Registration remains open until Friday October 4, 2013 at 9am.

3D Systems Brings Its Leading 3D Printing Products and Tools to Singapore’s First Inside 3D Printing

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –September 30, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will bring its entire range of 3D content-to-print capabilities to Singapore’s first Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from October 1-2, 2013, booth 102.

3D Systems plans to showcase its latest line up of professional 3D printers, design, scan and inspection software, 3D printed products, consumer printers, and apps delivering an integrated, design-to-manufacturing experience. Attendees can browse at the Cube Café, check out the award winning Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, see the newest full color 3D printing in action and see 3D printed edible sugar and precision metal functional parts.  Visitors will engage with popular consumer applications like printable fashion, jewelry and home design and creative, gamified 3D apps like Cubify Draw and Star Trek 3DMe.

American Eagle Takes on the Land Speed Record with Help from 3D Systems Geomagic Solutions

Since 1997, when the British took home the land speed record in Richard Noble’s Thrust SSC, it has been the vision of Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi to bring it back to the USA. Over the last decade that vision has developed into reality with the birth of the North American Eagle (NAE) land speed record vehicle created from the fuselage of a Lockheed F-104 fighter jet and engineered into a 56 foot long jet powered car. With an aim to reach more than 771 miles per hour, this feat of engineering has already tested the ingenuity of the team, but delivered innovations along the way that will impact vehicle design in the future.

As the team moves into high speed testing in 2012, so the team has stepped up its engineering work in integrating more advanced telemetry, high speed parachutes and magnetic anti-lock braking systems, among others. Fund raising, constantly a challenge for the team, has increased, while additional drivers including Valerie Thompson, a motorcycle land speed racer, have joined up and some full-time engineers have been added.

But this increased emphasis to go into high speed testing comes not a moment too soon – competing bids from both Britain and Australia are in progress, with the BloodhoundSSC from Richard Noble set to go into testing at the end of this year. Who will win? With the massive funding for the British team, it might seem inevitable that the North American team is impossibly positioned. But history has repeatedly shown that all the funding in the world can’t replace good engineering - accompanied with a little bit of luck. Maybe the North American Eagle team will have both.

3D Systems Anchors TCT Show + Personalize with Metal 3D Printing

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –September 23, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will bring its consumer and professional 3D content-to-print experience to the TCT Show + Personalize in Birmingham, UK, from September 25-26, 2013, in Hall 3A, Booth D36.

For the first time at a live show, 3D Systems will demo its newly added direct metal 3D printers from its recent acquisition of Phenix Systems, along with its latest line up of consumer and professional 3D printers, engineering and design software from Geomagic, and on-demand parts service from Quickparts. Attendees can browse the Cube Café, check out the award winning Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, see the newest full color 3D printers in action, sample edible 3D printed sugar and examine precision metal parts. Visitors will be exposed to popular consumer applications like printable fashion, jewelry and home design, as well as creative, gamified 3D apps like the brand new UK-exclusive Manchester United 3DMe™ that lets fans become their own 3D printed player. App developers and arts and entertainment brands are invited to join the 3D printing revolution and learn how they can monetize their intellectual property and creativity on Cubify, 3D Systems’ hosting, publishing and production platform.

3D Systems’ Anchors San Jose’s First Inside 3D Printing Conference

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –September 11, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will bring its consumer and professional 3D content-to-print experience to San Jose’s first Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo at the Double Tree by Hilton, San Jose, CA, from September 17-18, 2013, booth 131.

3D Systems will showcase its latest line up of consumer and professional 3D printers, 3D printed products, and apps delivering an exclusive 3D lifestyle experience. Attendees can browse at the Cube Café, check out the award winning Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, see the newest full color 3D printing in action and sample 3D printed edible sugar and precision metal parts. 

3D Systems Launches Bespoke Modeling™

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –September 12, 2013 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Bespoke Modeling™, a cloud-based, easy-to-use, affordable service that allows medical professionals to quickly create, view, share and 3D print full-color 3D anatomical models directly from DICOM data. Bespoke Modeling gives medical professionals the power to diagnose and communicate more effectively, simplify medical imaging, improve medical instruction and enables smoother patient referrals. Subscriptions to the cloud-based application start at $30 per month and deliver unprecedented access to cutting edge technology in a very easy-to-use way with immediate availability on 3DSystems.com.

Bespoke Modeling makes it easy to view patient-specific 3D data, bookmark views, add annotations, explore specific anatomical structures and then order color 3D cloud printed models or print on-site. 3D-printed models can also be used in a teaching environment mimicking realistic, bone-like properties when sawed and drilled.

3D Rapid Prototyping Fast Tracks GM Fuel Efficiency Gains

If you’ve ever wondered how much work goes into creating a 3D animation production, the answer is “a lot, a lot” – especially if the work in question relies on the technique known as stop-motion. Stop-motion animation requires animators to capture each individual manipulation of a modeled character to piece together one streamlined movement. For just one second of a facial expression or word, for example, upwards from twelve to twenty-four different changeable faceplates could be required.

The traditional means of achieving stop-motion facial expression animation has been through the hand-crafting of clay models, and has typically been limited to a range of broad expressions with little in the way of subtle expression in-betweens. For this reason, many conventional stop-motion films have had an overall pantomime feel to them. With the introduction of 3D Systems’ full-color ZPrinter® 650 to LAIKA’s 2012 production of ParaNorman, however, animators were able to achieve a final product that was remarkably more life-like than ever before.

A Blind Man Sees New Home Through Model

Nineteen-year-old Patrick Henry Hughes, the family’s eldest son, is blind and disabled, overcoming challenges to become a musician and an inspiration to all those around him. The “Extreme Makeover” team rebuilt the Hughes family home in just seven days to be safe and wheelchair accessible for Patrick Henry. The 3D models were presented to him so he could “see” the shape and layout through touch at the same time the crowd chanted “move that bus” and his family was experiencing the thrill of visually seeing their new, improved home.

“He would have had no idea what the house looked like or understand the floor plan to get around without our models,” said Tim Gornet of the University’s RPC at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. “We did this not to show off our technology, but to help Patrick Henry, an amazing young man.”

3D Systems Quickparts Enhances Its Instant Quote Functionality

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –September 4, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the enhancement of its patented Quickquote® capabilities to deliver instant quoting of parts directly from native CAD data with increased accuracy for custom manufactured parts. Quickparts is 3D Systems premier on-demand parts service that delivers the industry standard in quick-turn custom manufacturing. Quickparts provides precise and instant parts quoting the covers the most diverse portfolio of materials and is powered by 3D Systems advanced manufacturing platform. QuickQuote produces a unique quote for the process and quantity specified instantly, delivering the industry’s most competitive pricing, immediately, worldwide.

Customers can now upload common CAD files in addition to ready-to-print STL files through the QuickQuote system for pricing of custom designed parts for production using Quickparts range of advanced manufacturing solutions. QuickQuote now supports native CAD data from CATIA®, SolidWorks®, Pro/ENGINEER®, as well as industry-standard formats such as Parasolid®, ACIS®, IGES, STEP and STL.

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