Profile: 3D Systems Corp (DDD)
12 Mar 2014
3D Systems Corporation (3D Systems), incorporated on May 14, 1993, is a holding company that operates through subsidiaries in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company is a provider of three-dimensional (3D) content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers. It also provides creative content development and design productivity tools. Its principal print engines include stereolithography (SLA), printers, selective laser sintering (SLS), printers, multi-jet modeling (MJM), printers, film transfer imaging (FTI) printers, selective laser melting (SLM) printers, and plastic jet printers (PJP). In December 2013, the Company acquired Figulo Corporation, a provider of 3D printed ceramics for consumers, makers, artists, designers and architects. In December 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Village Plastics Co., a manufacturer of filament-based ABS, PLA and HIPS 3D printing materials. In January 2014, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xerox's solid ink engineering and development teams and development labs and relevant patent portfolio. In January 2014, the Company acquired Gentle Giant Studios. In February 2014, 3D Systems Corporation acquired Digital PlaySpace (DPS).
The Company’s 3D printers convert data input from computer aided design (CAD) software or 3D scanning and sculpting devices to printed plastic or metal parts using its engineered plastic, metal and composite print materials. Production printers include its SLA and SLS printers. Its professional printers category includes MJM printers and SLA crossover printers. Personal printers include its FTI and PJP printers. It provides its customers software tools and a library of content files. It also provide software embedded within its printers and design productivity software tools. In addition, the Company provides pre-sale and post-sale services, ranging from applications development to installation, warranty and maintenance services. It provides a suite of printed parts services through its on-demand custom parts services.
Production 3D Printer Solutions
SLA printers convert the Company’s engineered print materials and composites into solid cross-sections, layer by layer, to print the desired fused objects. Its SLA printers are capable of making multiple distinct parts at the same time and are designed to produce geometries in a range of sizes and shapes with a variety of material performance characteristics. Product designers, engineers and marketers in many manufacturing companies use its SLA printers for a variety of applications, ranging from short production runs of end-use products to producing prototypes for automotive, aerospace and various consumer and electronic applications. The Company’s SLA printers are capable of producing tools, fixtures, jigs and end-use parts, including parts for dental, hearing aid, jewelry and motor-sports applications. They are also designed for uses, such as building functional models that enable users to share ideas and evaluate concepts, perform form, fit and function tests on working assemblies and build expendable patterns for metal casting.
The Company’s family of SLA printers offers a range of capabilities, including size, speed, accuracy, throughput and surface finish in different formats and price points. Its iPro SLA printers come in a variety of print formats designed to produce durable plastic parts with unprecedented surface smoothness, feature resolution, edge definition and tolerances that rival the accuracy of computer numerical control (CNC) machined plastic parts. Its iPro family of SLA printers includes the iPro 8000 and iPro 9000, production stereolithography printers capable of printing ultra-high-definition parts made from its integrated portfolio of Accura Plastics. It also offer the Viper, a smaller format SLA printer that delivers lower throughput.
The Company’s SLS printers convert its engineered print materials and composites by melting and fusing (sintering) these print materials into solid cross-sections, layer-by-layer, to produce finished parts. SLS printers can create parts from a variety of engineered plastic powders and are capable of processing multiple parts in a single build session. Customer uses of its SLS printers include functional test models and end-use parts, which enable its customers to create customized parts without tooling. Its family of SLS printers comes in a variety of print formats and degrees of automation and includes its line of sPro 60, 140 and 230 SLS printers.
The Company offers the Sinterstation Pro SLM direct metal sintering printer through a private label arrangement with a third party supplier. These printers come in two print formats and are capable of producing fully-dense direct metal parts from a variety of metal powders, including stainless steel, chrome cobalt, titanium and tool steel.
Professional 3D Printer Solutions
The Company’s professional printers are used in engineering and design environments for product development, architecture, marketing communication, higher education teaching and research and for custom manufacturing of advanced oral and orthopedic restorative devices, custom jewelry and mass customized toys, action figures and collectibles. Its range of professional printers is based on its MJM print engine and SLA print engine.
The Company’s family of professional printers consists of several ProJet models, including the Projet 3000, Projet 3000 Plus, Projet 5000 and Projet 6000, its crossover 3D printer bringing SLA print technology together with MJM utility and usability. Its professional printers are designed to print high-definition, functional and durable models for form, fit and function analysis, including certain models that are capable of ultra-fine resolution for precision dental and jewelry applications.
Personal 3D Printer Solutions
The Company’s personal 3D printers print ready-to-use functional parts at home, school or office workstations. These kits and printers enable designers, engineers, hobbyists, do it yourselfers and students to imagine, design and print their ideas at their desks. Its range of personal printers is based on FTI and PJP print engines. Its offering of personal printers includes the ProJet 1000, ProJet 1500, 3DTouch and RapMan personal printers. These 3D printers utilize FTI and PJP technologies. Its PJP based 3D personal printers and kits utilize a proven, clean, compact and quiet print engine technology designed for office, home and classroom use.
3D Print Materials
3D Systems blends, markets, sells and distributes consumable, engineered plastic and metal materials and composites under several brand names for use in all its printers. The Company markets its stereolithography materials under the Accura and RenShape brand, its selective laser sintering materials under the DuraForm, CastForm and LaserForm brands, and materials for its professional printers under the VisiJet brand. Its family of stereolithography materials and composites offers a variety of plastic-like performance characteristics and attributes designed to mimic specific, engineered, thermoplastic materials. Its portfolio of Accura and RenShape stereolithography materials includes general purpose, as well as specialized materials and composites. It also distributes SLA materials under recognized third-party brand names.
The Company’s family of selective laser sintering materials and composites includes a range of rigid plastic, elastomeric and metal materials, as well as various composites of these ingredients. Its DuraForm laser sintering materials include CastForm and LaserForm SLS materials. SLS materials are used to create functional end-use parts, prototypes and durable patterns, as well as assembly jigs and fixtures. They are also used to produce rubber-like parts, such as shoe soles, gaskets and seals; patterns for investment casting; functional tooling, such as injection molding tool inserts, and end-use parts for customized rapid manufacturing applications. Product designers and developers from automotive, aerospace and consumer products companies use DuraForm parts as functional test models, including in harsh test environment conditions. Aerospace and medical companies use its SLS printers to produce end-use parts directly, which enables them to create customized parts economically without tooling.
The Company’s family of VisiJet print materials includes part-building materials and compatible disposable support materials that are used in the modeling process and facilitate an easily melted support removal process. These print materials are sold to its customers packaged in smart cartridges designed for its personal and professional 3D printers. VisiJet wax print materials and special dissolvable support materials are used for direct casting applications, such as custom jewelry manufacturing, dental crowns and bridge work and other casting and micro-casting applications.
The Company’s family of print materials for use in the 3D Touch and RapMan includes polylatic acid (PLA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), and unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC). These print materials offer a variety of properties, including tough polymer materials for car bumpers, tough and flexible polymers for face masks or containers, and chemical and solvent resistant materials for fuel tanks, snowboards and water pipes.
3D Systems provides a variety of customer services and local application support and field support for all its stereolithography and selective laser sintering 3D printers. For its personal and professional 3D printers, it provides these services and field support either directly or through a network of authorized resellers or other sources. The services and field support that it provides includes installation of new printers at the customers’ site, printer warranties, several maintenance agreement options and a variety of hardware upgrades, software updates and performance enhancement packages. The Company also provides services to assist its customers and resellers in developing new applications for its technologies, to facilitate the use of its technology for the customers’ applications, to train customers on the use of newly acquired printers and to maintain its printers at customers’ sites.
New personal, professional and production printers are sold with maintenance support that covers a warranty period ranging from 90 days to one year. The Company offers service contracts that enable its customers to continue maintenance coverage beyond the initial warranty period. These service contracts are offered with various levels of support and are priced accordingly. It distributes spare parts to its customers, primarily from locations in the United States and Europe. It also offers upgrade kits for certain of its printers that enable its existing customers to take advantage of new or enhanced system capabilities; however, it has discontinued upgrade support for certain of its older legacy printers.
Through the Company on-demand custom parts service, it provides a suite of custom parts services through its 3Dproparts and Quickparts global network of fulfillment facilities. 3Dproparts and Quickparts are two custom parts service brands that offer a range of precision plastic and metal parts service capabilities produced from a range of print and traditional materials using a variety of additive and traditional manufacturing processes.
3D Systems Corp
333 Three D System Circle
Rock Hill SC 29730
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