ROCK HILL, S.C., Jan. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) showcased a dozen groundbreaking new consumer and prosumer 3D printing products at CES 2014, along with meaningful partnerships and immersive experiences that catapult its entire portfolio of consumer solutions forward.
At CES the company also announced the appointment of will.i.am, global entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, as 3DS' Chief Creative Officer, with the responsibility to mainstream 3D printing through major collaborations with creative brand partners, innovative global campaigns, and educational grand challenges to popularize 3D printing.
"Our next-gen consumer and prosumer products are compelling, attractive, productive and easier to use," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. "At CES 2014 we catapulted our award-winning Cube® family forward, defined entirely new to the world product categories with affordable edibles and ceramics and democratize full color desktop printing and new physical photography devices."
3DS also announced an exclusive collaboration with Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC) to mainstream the adoption of 3D scanning and 3D printing. Through this collaboration, 3DS will make available its consumer Sense™ scanning, editing and 3D printing software applications for the Intel-powered Ultrabook, 2-in-1, AIO and tablet devices equipped with the new Intel's RealSense 3D camera during the second half of 2014. Additionally, 3DS plans to make its 3D scanning technology available to developers as part of Intel's SDK to make it significantly easier to implement advanced depth sensing capabilities to all kinds of applications.
The company was also featured in the Samsung Electronics booth at CES as part of interactive Galaxy experiences. Samsung's Galaxy Note devices are built for simplifying design and creation and are in the hands of millions of consumers around the world, and Samsung showed in a live demonstration how easy it might be for consumers to take their creative process one step further and render their designs in 3D, opening up a whole new world of design possibilities. 3D Systems has developed an application that allows Samsung Galaxy Note users to design and create special 3D printed coins which can then be inserted into specially design Galaxy Note cases.
3DS' 3DPRINTING 2.0 consumer and prosumer showcase for 2014 included:
First sub-$1000 consumer, plug & play 3D printer for everyday use – The third generation Cube® 3D printer is available with faster print speeds, higher 75-micron resolution and multi-material, dual-color cartridge system that is easier to load than a 2D printer cartridge. Planned for release in the second quarter of 2014, the Cube has higher speed WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, permanently leveled print pad and seamless integration with the new Cubify® mobile app to make 3D printing easier than ever before.
Professional-quality consumer 3D printing – 3DS showcased the CubeProTM series of 3D printers, with the largest print volume in its class and multi-material capability. With three models for single, double or triple print heads for up to three colors, this sub-$5,000 professional-quality consumer 3D printer series offers a controlled environment print chamber to ensure hi-fidelity, true-to-CAD, quality results. The company plans to begin shipments in the second quarter of 2014.
First-ever edible sugar and chocolate 3D printer – The ChefJetTM sugar and chocolate 3D printer, available in the countertop monochrome ChefJet and the full-color ChefJet Pro, are NSF and UL certified and produce edible 3D printed candies and decor. Built from 3DS' CJP technology, the ChefJet printers are equipped with intuitive, easy to use, chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software and create intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. The ChefJet will be priced in the sub-$5,000 range and the ChefJet Pro will be in the sub-$10,000 range. Each is expected to be available in the second half of 2014.
Wireless physical photography – Anticipated for the second quarter of 2014, 3DS previewed its iSenseTM 3D scanner for iPads with seamless printing optimization. Ideal for physical photography, the iSense is priced at $499, including software, and can scan anything from six inches to ten feet in dimension. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad and scan to obtain photorealistic digital copies of the real thing. iSense is expected to be available during the second quarter of 2014.
Vibrant, affordable full-color desktop 3D printer – Announcing the category-defining CubeJetTM full-color desktop 3D printer with vibrant, full-color, high-resolution parts for a wide range of modeling and real-use products. Priced under $5,000, the CubeJet is designed with small businesses, independent entrepreneurs, hobbyists and educators in mind, and operates using 3DS' powerful and compelling ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. The CubeJet is expected to be available during the second half of 2014.
Stunning ceramic 3D printer – Debuting the sub-$10,000 CeraJetTM ceramic 3D printer, 3DS is combining the time-honored craft of pottery and ceramics with 3D technology. The CeraJet prints intricate ceramic objects ready for firing and glazing using 3DS' CJP technology. Ideal for artisans, designers, makers and consumers, the CeraJet line is expected to begin commercial shipping in the second half of 2014.
Perceptual 3D mouse – 3DS unveiled the first-ever haptic-based consumer 3D mouse, the TouchTM, for intuitive 3D sculpting and design. The Touch features instant force feedback that mimics the sensation of physical sculpting, and is compatible with 3DS' Cubify® SculptTM software, providing a powerful virtual design experience. Priced at $499 with software, the Touch is expected to be ready for commercial shipment during the second quarter of 2014.
Retail and commercial 3D engagement and interaction – The 3DS 3DMe® Photobooth is the first-ever compact, integrated physical photography pod to bring the entire 3DMe experience directly to the retail floor and event space. Powered by 3DS' powerful and secure consumer cloud-hosting, publishing and fulfillment platform, the new 3DMe Photobooth is capable of instant, full-color, realistic 3D face capture for intuitive mash-ups with a host of personalized and licensed figurines on a large scale. Commercial shipment of the 3DMe Photobooth is anticipated to begin during the second quarter of 2014.
Co-creation and adoption of the 3D printed lifestyle – Cubify® 2.0 was released last week for immediate use and browsing on the only comprehensive consumer destination that delivers the complete 3D printed lifestyle through highly-curated, brand-driven experiences for fashionistas, décor enthusiasts, kids at play and entertainment fans. Cubify.com is powered by 3DS' proprietary consumer platform, enabling the secure hosting, publishing and production of large-scale branded and licensed 3D printable content for retail, merchandising, and cloud sourcing or at home printing. Cubify also offers the award-winning Cube® family of consumer 3D printers, the Sense™ 3D scanner and a suite of consumer design software tools. Brands already featured on Cubify include NOOKA, 360Heros, Digital Dollhouse, Blokify, and NBA and Star Trek, who invite their audiences to join their stories with personalized merchandise.
Those who were unable to attend CES 2014 can still get a tour of the 3DS booth, led by 3DS' President and CEO, Avi Reichental. For more details on 3DS' 3DPRINTING 2.0 consumer showcase at CES 2014, please visit 3dsystems.com/ces.
About 3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.
Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
- 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
- 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.
- 3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
- 3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.
More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.
Source:3D Systems Corporation