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3D Systems To Showcase 3D Printing for Digital Literacy in Education at IMTS Student Summit 2014

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, September 8, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will be showcasing its latest 3D printing kits and curricula for students, teachers and schools from its MAKE.DIGITAL platform at the Smartforce Student Summit being held at International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014, September 8-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL (Booth C-840).

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS introduces educators, students and parents to exciting new innovations in manufacturing technology. The Student Summit allows young people to interact with today’s manufacturing industry, helping them translate their STEM education into real-world results with high-tech and high-value careers.

3D Systems’ Geomagic Studio and ColorJet 3D Printers Help Rebuild Afghanistan’s Past

In the sandstone cliffs circling the Valley of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, two enormous, conspicuous niches stare out from the rock. They were once the homes of the Buddhas of Bamiyan: two colossal buddhas that monks carved out of the stone and coated with stucco. The larger of the two measured 53 meters tall, and the smaller one came in at 35 meters tall. Examples of Gandhara art, the statues, built in 554 AD and 507 AD, respectively, were reminders of one of the world’s great civilizations and were once the largest standing buddha carvings on the planet. But on March 12, 2001, explosive devices destroyed the 1500-year-old statues, robbing an already war-stricken country of vital symbols and cultural identifiers that underscore the area’s unique blend of Greek and Buddhist cultures. 

Currently, an international team of restorers, architects and engineers are rebuilding the Buddhas of Bamiyan and hoping to restore some symbolic value for the Afghan citizens, and 3D Systems is helping. The restoration team is using a combination of Geomagic Studio® scanning software and a ProJet® 3D printer with ColorJet technology to prepare for the monumental task ahead. In 2009 they began planning for the reconstruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the chambers of which were declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. The project is funded by a group of countries and organizations, led by UNESCO (United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). 

Chuck Hull, Inventor of 3D Printing and Founder of 3D Systems, Honored by International Academy for Production Engineering

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, September 4, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hull, has been honored with the General Pierre Nicolau Award from the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Hull accepted the award in person from Professor Laszlo Monostori, CIRP President, during the 64th General Assembly of CIRP in Nantes, France on August 25, 2014.

Headquartered in Paris, France, CIRP is the world leading organization in production engineering research and is at the forefront of design, optimization, control and management of processes, machines and systems. The Academy has restricted membership based on demonstrated excellence in research and has some 600 academic and industrial members from 50 industrialized countries.

3D Systems Acquires LayerWise, Extending its Global Leadership in Advanced Metal 3D Printing, On-Demand Parts Manufacturing Services and Personalized Medical Devices

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, September 3, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today 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.”

How 3D Printing Works: The Vision, Innovation and Technologies Behind Inkjet 3D Printing


As every designer knows, there’s magic in transforming a great idea into a tangible and useful object you can hold in your hand. It can be a consumer good on a store shelf, a critical component of an industrial machine, or even an early physical prototype that unveils your new idea to the world.

Physical prototypes — basic and blocky or wonderfully realized in shape, texture and color — go far beyond drawings or computer models to communicate your vision in a dramatic way. They empower the observer to investigate the product and interact with it rather than simply guess what it might be like. Before the product is ever produced, people can touch it; feel it; turn it left, right and upside down; and look inside. They can test it, operate it and fully evaluate it — long before the finished product is brought to market.

Until recently, a quick and affordable physical prototype has been an oxymoron. Obtaining prototypes wasn’t quick. It meant contracting with a fabricator who handcrafted them or used a complicated stereolithography machine. In either case, it took weeks, and it wasn’t affordable. You were billed thousands of dollars for your trouble.

And who needs just one prototype? Successful product developers revise a design repeatedly until they approach their ideal. Physical prototypes available on demand in ample quantities accelerate the design process, and more quickly send a better product to market.

This ideal is in fact a reality for some of the world’s most accomplished and demanding designers and engineers. Available within a couple of hours of hitting “print” on a quiet, clean and sleek machine in an everyday office setting, on-demand prototypes today help engineering organizations: 

Vortex VR Partners with 3D Systems to Launch Virtual Reality Mobile Phone Case and Head Mounted Display

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, September 2, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has partnered with Vortex VR, Inc., an emergent leader in virtual reality technology, and GameFace Labs, to develop the VRTX I, Vortex VR’s new virtual reality mobile phone case and head mounted display (HMD) device. The VRTX I provides stunning, high-definition VR immersion without wires and is tailor-made for the new LG G3 Quad HD smartphone.

3DS designers contributed advanced manufacturing and materials expertise in designing the VRTX I to be lightweight, highly functional and durable. The HMD devices were then 3D printed using 3DS’ advanced Selective Laser Sintering technology. By relying on 3D printing, the VRTX I team was able to complete the entire design-to-manufacturing process in less than 30 days, without the need for lead-times and costly tooling.

3D Systems to Highlight Latest Breakthroughs in Advanced Manufacturing at IMTS 2014

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 28, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will be showcasing its most advanced 3D printing design-to-manufacturing solutions at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014, September 8-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL (Booth N-6073). At this event, the company plans to demonstrate how its industry-leading technology is localizing flexible manufacturing, and compressing re-tooling and production cycles.

“In a fiercely competitive world, it is vitally important for manufacturers in every industry to incorporate the most advanced production tools available today,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS. “Our 3D design and manufacturing products and services enable manufacturers to become nimbler and transform their businesses by shortening their time to value.”

3D Systems’ Digital Thread Enhances U.S. Marine Corps Combat and Logistic Units’ Toolkit

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –August 25, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today its role in the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Logistics Wargame VIII (ExLog). This annual event enables top Marine Corps planners to incorporate new technologies to enhance the Corps’ logistics and supply chain response capabilities.

Historic Windmills Recreated Using 3D Printing

The American Wind Power Center (AWPC) has partnered with WhiteClouds to create scale models of historic windmills using computer-aided design and 3D printing. The windmills will be part of a model train display that will be on show in the AWPC Museum. “We plan to build a model train layout of early Lubbock from 1910 to 1950, a time when there were a large number of windmills in this area,” said Coy Harris, Executive Director of the AWPC. “That is also the time when the train came to Lubbock.”

Harris has been working with Kelly Root, a designer at WhiteClouds, to create scale models of the windmills which are then 3D printed in WhiteClouds’ lab on a ProJet 3500 HDMax. “By using 3D design and 3D printing (the AWPC) was able to get a scale model of a windmill that isn’t available anywhere else. This is a windmill that was being used over 30 years ago. Scale models of it simply aren’t available anywhere, it had to be created from scratch.”

The models have been recreated using a variety of techniques. One of the windmills was recreated using a scale model that AWPC already owned. Root was able to take the measurements and then reverse-engineer and design a replica of the model. One of the other windmills was created using old blue prints of the original windmill and photographs. Root commented that the biggest challenge of the project is keeping the models as true to the original full-scale windmills as possible while still keeping the designs 3D printable. 

3D Systems, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and ‘America Makes’ Announce Additive Manufacturing Research Awards

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 18, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and America Makes announced the award of three major grants to leading universities to advance research in additive manufacturing technology. The announcement was made on August 15 by Governor Tom Corbett at 3DS’ 3D printing facility in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The grants are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and America Makes and will be used to finance research conducted in partnership with 3D Systems.


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