Designing a pump that performs well is just half the challenge. Testing the pump using traditional methods is the other half; it’s both costly and weighted down by long lead times. In 2012, Tech Cast, a leading supplier of high-quality investment castings, conducted a side-by-side comparison between using casting wax forms created with metal tools (the traditional method) and using forms created using 3D Systems’ QuickCast patterns.

The QuickCast patterns are highly accurate, resin-based, 3D printed direct patterns that can be accurately created in a day or so at low cost. Uniquely, the QuickCast material can be used to create precise casts, yet as the material is burned out, it has an almost ash-less burn. This method also allows manufacturers to make  new patterns quickly should the design suddenly change.

Traditionally, designs are sent away for metal tooling, taking 7-9 weeks at a cost of about $40,000. Once returned, the tool is used to create wax patterns from which the casting can be made. Once castings are made, the parts can be cast and then tested. If a design needed to be changed then new tools would be required, or alternatively a new casting pattern would need to be created in a couple of days for almost immediate casting and testing.

During testing, Tech Cast found that costs of this process were dramatically reduced, while testing times fell significantly using QuickCast.

Read the complete story by Tech Cast.

The Sense scanner made its network television debut Tuesday on "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," one of ABC’s newest shows. S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) is an espionage and enforcement agency from the Marvel Comics Universe that often deals with superhuman threats. In the most recent episode, they use the Sense to scan a section of a tree trunk that once held a very mysterious, very powerful mythological staff, which the bad guys got to first.

The recently announced Sense scanner from 3D Systems allows you to take your world from physical to digital with 3D scanning. Click here to see how you can capture your world in 3D and discover the power of physical photography with the Sense 3D scanner.

Click here to see the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode featuring the Sense scanner.

Just in time for the holidays, a 3D printed watch collection is now available for all the fashionistas and techies on your gift list! 3DS and fashion brand NOOKA have teamed up on an exclusive timepiece series combining NOOKA’s original Zub 40 watch faces with your choice of intricate and interchangeable 3D printed watchbands.

They say variety is the spice of life, so isn’t it about time you started switching it up?  Maybe you’re ready to tackle the week on Monday and are feeling a sleek black on black combo, but by the time Friday rolls around, you’re ready for some fun. Add a pop of color! Swap out watch faces and put a little bounce in your step; you’ve got the coolest wearable technology on the block. 

Browse the collection today and order your own at

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Dr. Meredith Grey is making a foray into 3D printing on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and 3D Systems’ CubeX is playing the role. The CubeX made its prime time debut last night, November 7th, and the story centers on Dr. Grey’s research into how 3D printing can be used to customize patient treatment. After a first run, in which she 3D printed a fork to the disappointment of the rest of the medical team, several of the physicians identified a number of life-saving uses for 3D printing.

Stay tuned for more 3D printing on Grey’s Anatomy. Click here to watch last night’s episode featuring the CubeX.

Now you can go miles beyond flat 2D photographs. The affordable Sense scanner, announced by 3D Systems today, gives you the power to scan any physical objects anywhere, anytime. So you can capture favorite designs, important moments and more in full 3D and easily print those models at home on your Cube or CubeX printer, or from the cloud at


Use the Sense scanner to easily capture moments and print them in 3D.

The Sense, the first handheld scanner from 3D Systems, makes it easy to import scans into Cubify software, like Cubify Sculpt, to create mash-ups. Sense features automatic object recognition, so busy backgrounds aren’t a problem; it also includes easy, intuitive scan editing tools to heal, smooth and remove features, and fill holes.

Click here to check out the Sense video for more details. And tweet us your 3D scan pictures with the hashtag #howscanagenicareyou.

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The conclusion to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) auto-racing season was held on October 20, 2013, and the 3D Systems-sponsored Pratt & Miller Corvette racing team was there and poised to win the 2013 GT series championship. The race, which was held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., is one thousand miles long and takes place on a 2.54 mile circuit containing twelve turns and long straightaways, giving the super-charged vehicles an opportunity to accelerate to well over 100 mph. Drivers Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, and Jordan Taylor needed to finish higher than seventh in their 750hp, small block V-8 in order to win the season title. (Image above: The 3D Systems crew with driver Jan Magnussen.)

3D Systems is a technology sponsor of Pratt & Miller and its GM Racing programs, including Corvette Racing. The Pratt & Miller racing team uses 3D Systems’ ColorJet printing for product design and fitment aids along with innovative rapid tooling solutions for its carbon composite components.

Several 3D Systems employees were in attendance, and over the course of the 10-hour event, they were able to share the full race experience. Following a brief safety talk and a quick change into fire suits, all attendees experienced the hot pits first hand during a tire change. The yellow and black Corvette came to a screeching halt as the crew quickly and efficiently changed all four tires and refueled the Chevrolet.  Antonio Garcia smoked the new set of Michelin tires as he headed back to the track and regained speed.

The team battled mechanical difficulties, unpredictable weather, and a Dodge Viper on its way to a 6th place finish, which was enough to secure the 2013 Corvette Racing team championship.

Click here to read a case study about 3D Systems’ sponsorship of Pratt & Miller.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York’s most prized cultural institutions. In addition to its elegant exhibits, the MET offers countless community events and programs. This past summer, the history of the MET merged with the technology of the future, as 3D Systems partnered with the museum to deliver a unique and cross-disciplinary teen program, powered by the Cube 3D printer and Cubify Sculpt software.

Ten teens were selected from a group of applicants, and they spent the week exploring both the MET’s collection and 3D Systems’ 3D printing hardware and software. Next, the teens were set loose in pairs to let their imagination and creativity run wild.

Click to see a video from the MET.

After several curator-guided gallery walkthroughs, the teens took 40 to 60 photos of their favorite sculptures from all angles and uploaded the photos to Cubify Capture, which generated a 3D model from which they could build or harvest parts. Once they opened this file in Cubify Sculpt, the fun really began. The teens mashed up features from different exhibits to create their own unique piece, and along the way they learned more about 3D design and the structural considerations that are necessary for a successful model.

With little to no experience in 3D printing or design, the teens were surprised and excited by how much they were able to accomplish in a short period. Because Cubify Sculpt treats design material like virtual clay, the teens said it was also oddly familiar and intuitive.

To learn more about the teens' experience this summer, check out this video by the MET!

New Zealand’s Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) is taking the next step in additive manufacturing, having recently installed a 3D Systems ProJet® 6000 MP—reportedly the country’s first high-definition 3D printer.

Dr. Henk Roodt, Wintec’s research programmes manager and a 25-year tech veteran, is excited about disrupting the design process and the strides his industrial design team can make with the ProJet 6000 MP. “Through its use,” he said, “we are working with companies to radically change, for the better, the way they think about and perform industrial design.”

Click here to read more about how Wintec helped the award-winning Stainless Design create a nano brewing machine, saving thousands of dollars and huge chunks of time in the process.