Do you know where all your stuff comes from? How it’s made? What it’s made from? MFG Day (Manufacturing Day), October 4, 2013, was created to address just these kinds of questions. It’s the work of a group of industry sponsors and producers, including 3D Systems, and a coordinated effort to address common misperceptions about manufacturing. In essence, it gives us all a chance to open our doors the to the public, so everyone can see what manufacturing is all about.

3D Systems is excited to be a supporter of this nationwide tradition and is taking part, as several of our offices will be open for students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large. From 10 AM to 3 PM on Friday, October 4, three of our locations—Rock Hill, S.C., Morrisville, N.C., and Andover, Mass.—will be open for attendees to learn about our 3D content-to-print capabilities. You can see our advanced 3D design and scanning applications, amazing digital sculpting solutions, and 3D printers for the consumer and professional alike.

Come see how we’re manufacturing the future. You can still register through today by clicking here.

Office Depot last week debuted a whole new experience for its Denver customers, by offering hands-on customer sessions in 3D printing featuring the Cube 3D printers and the chance to buy them in-store, a first for any office supply store. These demonstrations will be going on until early November. For more information on the Office Depot demonstrations in Denver, click here.

3D Systems’ Cube and CubeX 3D printers are also available for sale online at Office Depot.

Part I of a 3 blog post series by rachael Dalton-Taggart

In a day filled with 3D experiences, 3D Systems joined with the G.R.E.A.T 3D team at Richmond County schools in North Carolina for a 3D Open House.

(Image above, a student tries out Cubify Sculpt for the first time.)

More than 60 students today learned 3D scanning, 3D design and 3D printing in their first-ever exposure to 3D technology. As a building point from the successful 3D classes being run by Jeffries Epps, an educator at the school and a recent White House award winner for his work, the classes are being expanded to encourage many more students of every age to experience 3D.

Epps sees this kind of exposure to 3D, even at very early ages, as being the key to the future.

"As educators we have an obligation to bring current and future skills to students and yet I see 9th graders instead being taught Microsoft Word." he commented. "3D is the future, it will be the future of employable skills, and as soon as 5-6 years time, people without 3D skills will be at a disadvantage. And yet, our education system is caught in the 1990s."

The software from 3D Systems Geomagic enables engineers, designers, artists and manufacturers to be able to create content in 3D. Any content. Starting with scanning, the software delivers every level of design skill from consumer through to professional. 3D printing offers everyone from consumer through to high end manuafcturing a way to easily create products at every level.

(Image above - scanning Jeff Epps and another attendee with a kinect scanner and Geomagic software.)







The next time you’re looking at a building or its architectural intricacies, pay attention, because you might see 3D printing applications all around you.

3D Systems’ Quickparts recently helped break new ground in architecture when the service bureau provided a series of cladding nodes, termed “shrouds,” for a new London office building. The 6 Bevis Marks building, constructed by Skanska, features a top-floor terrace with steel columns that branch out to support an ETFE roof. Architects required eight unique, organic covers to conceal the junctions where these supports come together, and they turned to 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to do it.

Quickparts' 3D-printed shrouds (right) conceal support junctions for the ETFE roof. (Image: Construction Manager magazine)

Although engineers originally had reservations about using 3D-printed parts, 3D Systems’ SLS machines were perfect for the job because they create robust, highly detailed parts in far less time than traditional manufacturing. Originally, the designers envisioned using welded steel, but such pieces didn’t pass the aesthetic test for architect Fletcher Priest. Not to mention that creating each one with more traditional methods would prove to be expensive and difficult. So Quickparts used SLS—which is capable of producing complex geometries that other manufacturing methods simply can’t duplicate—to take care of the job. And, as it turned out, the pieces passed accelerated durability tests for rain, sunlight and heat, making the engineers happy, too.

There’s more to read about this case study in 3D-printed architecture. Click here to read the article from Construction Manager magazine.


This morning at TCTLive 2013 in Birmingham, England, 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental kicked off the show in style as the first keynote speaker! TCT is the UK’s most popular Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and product development technology show. Avi spoke about manufacturing the future and how 3D printing has changed the way we manufacture various products in many different industries.

3D Systems is one of the leaders in this industry, having invented 3D printing 30 years ago. Join 3D Systems at booth D36 from September 25-26 at TCT!

We hope you will come by and visit us.


TCT Show + Personalize runs from September 25 – 26 in Birmingham, UK, and 3D Systems will be on hand to display all the amazing, helpful, educational, game-changing and delicious capabilities of 3D technology.

On the manufacturing side we will showcase our new direct metal laser sintering technology from Phenix Systems, which is already making providing new ways to manufacture chemically pure metal prototypes and end-use parts. Especially if you’ve got a part with complicated geometry or are producing a limited run of parts that would make tooling cost prohibitive, direct metal laser sintering from 3D Systems could be a valuable addition to your workflow.

In addition to our latest line-up of 3D printers, you can see the newest versions of reverse engineering, design and inspection software from 3D Systems Geomagic Solutions, and take a look at solutions from our on-demand parts service, Quickparts.

For consumers interested in jumping into 3D printing, come by the Cube Café and take a look at our newest, full-color Cube® and CubeX 3D printers. And if you’ve got some coffee that needs a bump up, you can also sample some 3D-printed sugar from newly acquired The Sugar Lab. Last but not least, you can get a look at our exclusive Manchester United 3DMe, which allows football fans to easily put their head on a 3D-printed Manchester United player.

A highlight of this year’s TCT is the Bright Minds UK Programme, an educational workshop that will allow hundreds of teachers and students to get a taste for 3D printing and the level of invention it enables in the classroom.

Tying it all together and highlighting the myriad ways that 3D Systems is helping customers move into the dynamic times ahead, Avi Reichental, our President and CEO, will present a keynote address titled “Manufacturing the Future” on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 10:10 AM. You can watch his keynote address and any keynote address via TCT’s streaming service.

If you’re at the show, head over to the seminar zone at 11:15 AM on the 26th to see our own Gerd Schwaderer discuss overcoming inspection challenges using multiple 3D sensors.

by Gina Strickland, Senior Channel Manager, Geomagic Solutions

Reverse engineering and 3D inspection are always prevalent themes at an event like Quality Expo, as manufacturers drive to improve manufacturing results in faster times. But its fascinating to see how participants incorporate RE and inspection into specific workflows. One process at this year’s event in Chicago, September 10 – 12, 2013, featured original part scanning with the Nikon MMDX100, reverse engineering in Geomagic Design X, and printing on both a 3D Systems CubeX and a ProJet 460 printer.


I was struck and amazed by how seamless the entire process was—from actual metal part, to a virtual model, and then back to a 3D print on both a consumer printer and an industrial printer. Many attendees shared the amazement of seeing the truck part in so many varying degrees. Imagine stopping by the Nikon booth to see users inspecting the actual metal part on the Nikon Altera CMM while they scanned the ProJet 460 3D print in the Nikon MCT225 CT machine to assess porosity. You can see the CT data here.

“It was interesting how precise the MJP part taken on the ProJet 460 was,” said Corey Mayeda, Regional Sales Manager, Geomagic. “The Cube X part was predictably less accurate but still surprisingly within a few millimeters of the original scan.”

Nearby, they also completed an inspection and produced an inspection report comparing the CAD model to the 3D-printed part. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a never ending supply of miniature CubeX printed parts collecting around the booth. When you think about it, with all this integrated technology, attendees were able to experience the entire adaptive manufacturing process in one short visit. Incredible.


Contibuted by William Ponissi; Digital Media & Website Coordinator, Sahara Force India Formula One


When the Formula One circus went on holiday, at the beginning of August, our staff here at Sahara Force India knew that a big challenge was waiting for us upon our return.

Having produced our best ever start to a Formula One season, with 59 points from the first ten races, our design team was faced with the unusual situation of a mid-season change of rules. The Formula One tire suppliers, Pirelli, were to alter the build of their tires, something that is normally maintained throughout a season and that heavily affects the performance of a car.

Such a change can be costly for a team – in every sense. Resources have to be diverted to understand and adapt to the new materials, and the way the new rubber works with the car means a redesign of some key part is needed: these can be very expensive operations.

Thankfully, at Sahara Force India we have access to some of the best SLA Production Printers by 3D Systems – and they have been the key to the 

team facing this challenge in a cost- and time-effective way.

Before taking any piece to a race weekend for on-track evaluation – a very expensive operation in itself, and heavily restricted since the ban on testing – each upgrade needs to undergo a thorough analysis in our wind tunnel. Here, a 1:2 model of the car is fitted with all the new solutions and run through the tests, which simulate a high-speed environment, to produce oodles of data for our designers and analysts to go through.

It is a painstakingly accurate process, in which several iterations of one piece are tested to produce the ideal compromise between down force and good air flow. It’s a process which wouldn’t be possible without 3D Systems, whose printers allow us to create the required number of variations at a fraction of the cost and time that would be required to have the same in carbon fiber – the material making up most of our cars.

The special ceramic-filled resins used in our production printers have allowed our designers to test hundreds of new pieces to adapt our cars to the change of tires and to retain the advantage we have built in the first half of the season. They are versatile, cheaper than carbon fiber and allow us to produce hundreds of pieces in a day – as opposed to weeks.

Thanks to these upgrades, our drivers managed to restart the Championship after the summer break with a spring in their step, producing performances like the one that saw Adrian Sutil rewarded with two points on the most challenging track in the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps.

With work now directed towards our contender for the 2014 Championship, 3D Systems products will help us share the future of our team as Formula One enters the turbo era. Equipped with the best products in the market to help our design team, we are ready for this new challenge.

Sometimes it’s good to take a break to see how others are pushing innovation and even to take part in it. That’s exactly what we got when the Make with Moto van stopped by 3D Systems in Rock Hill, SC, recently to show off what all those 3D Systems printers have been creating during the van’s summer tour and to give 3D Systems employees a chance to do some making of their own.

Motorola has been driving across the country and encouraging makers and inventors to create the next generation of mobile devices. 3D Systems has been riding along, providing the additive manufacturing tools to turn those designs and ideas into reality.

Take a look at this video to learn more about Motorola’s summer tour mission and see how 3D Systems employees took part in the innovation.

Students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed and invented a new way to ride the T in Boston; 3D printed rings that are RFID enabled. They call it the Sesame Ring. This means that instead of digging around in your wallet or backpack for your subway card, it is right on your finger ready to be scanned to make the process smoother and more efficient. People will be able to load money onto the ring, just as you would your Charlie card, and just place the ring on the scanner to get through the doors onto the subway. The Sesame Ring is approved by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Each ring is 3D printed and customizable to what you prefer for design.

You can read more on the Mashable website here.

(Picture from Mashable

3D printing has gotten a lot of attention lately for being a sweet technology, and it’s getting a whole lot sweeter with 3D Systems’ addition of sugar-based 3D printers that adhere layers of sugar with flavored, edible binders that are fully food safe. This capability comes to 3D Systems through the acquisition of The Sugar Lab, a Los Angeles-based start-up using 3D Systems’ Color Jet Printing technology that has been adapted for sugar. The sugar-filled print beds yield beautifully ornate confections that make possible an unimagined world of edible constructions and décor, from sculptural cakes for weddings and events to customizable confections for bake shops, restaurants, and soon, the home!

Digitized food preparation brings technology and design into a truly everyday experience that’s sure to delight. 

You will be seeing a lot more about this delightful technology soon from 3D Systems, but in the meantime, enjoy the photos and read the press release here.

By: Jeff Cline, Marketing manager, QuickParts

I am excited to announce the addition of common, widely-used CAD file types to our QuickQuote® instant online quoting engine. We listened your needs for accurate competitive quotes, reduced the time consuming process of manual quoting and created the QuickQuote system. The first of its kind in the industry, our QuickQuote system provides instant online quoting any time of the day or night.












This new ability uses technology from Geomagic, 3D Systems’ engineering software division, which makes the process of getting a quote from Quickparts easier.

What does this mean for you - No more waiting on manual quotes for your non-STL files. No more valuable time spent converting your CAD data. Just upload your 3D CAD geometry straight from your software of choice.

The service now directly uploads CATIA®, SolidWorks®, Pro/ENGINEER®, as well as industry-standard formats such as Parasolid®, ACIS®, IGES, STEP and STL which can now all produce instant online quotes in less than 2 minutes.

Have more than one file? No Problem. Simply upload a ZIP containing your multiple CAD files for quoting and the QuickQuote system will do the rest, instantly quoting your parts based on volume and geometry. Once we receive your files a dedicated project manager will work one-on-one with you to manage the progress of your order, ensuring the part arrive in your hands just as you expect them.












Try it out yourself and see the industry standard in quick-turn custom manufacturing!

Visit and learn how Quickparts can integrate seamlessly with your business to improve your design-to-manufacturing workflow.