Some of you might remember that 3D Systems has been aboard Motorola’s Make with Moto van, which has toured universities and maker fairs around the country this summer with the mission of creatinga new generationofmobile devices. The hard-working employees of 3D Systems’ Morrisville, N.C., office finally got an opportunity to take a look inside when the Velcro-covered van recently stopped by.

Yes, we said Velcro. The van is covered in it, and stuck to the sides are a bunch of felt creations and photographs of people they’ve encountered in their summer-long trip from the west coast to the east. Our employees got a tour of everything inside, and this van is a paradise for makers. It’s filled with 3D Systems’ 3D printers, soldering stations, laser cutters and other gadgets galore. It’s no wonder inventors from around the country were so excited to see this thing pull up.

For more information about the Make with Moto van, check out the website here.

3D printing and 3D authoring technology, and the personnel who use them, are in ever-increasing demand., a website for freelance professionals of all types, reported in its Q2 2013 report that 3D printing and design jobs showed some of the fastest growth. It’s a trend that’s CEO Matt Barrie expects to continue, saying that “2013 will be viewed as a year of unprecedented disruption” as companies, especially those in the manufacturing industries, try to incorporate 3D printing into their workflows. 3D rendering, 3D modeling and 3D animation jobs all increased significantly, boosting online jobs by 17.3%, 12.5% and 11.7% respectively. Moreover, those trends are expected to continue considering that 3D modeling and 3D printing are increasingly being used in a variety of other industries, like consumer product design, healthcare and engineering/architecture.

Numbers like these point to a dire need for greater STEM education programs in classrooms from kindergarten to high school, especially STEM classes that include 3D like what Jeffries Epps is doing in Richmond County, NC. Many of the engineering and technology jobs of the future will use rely on 3D skills, and it’s up to us to start preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s careers.

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In Los Angeles the geeks were out in full force for the first ever Geekie Awards held at Hollywood’s Avalon Theater. From Trekkies to Jedis, spectators from across the spectrum were present to celebrate “the best indie-created, high production value, awe-inspiring geek-genre content, art, products and experiences in the world”.

There is nothing more fitting at a geek-centric awards show than 3D printers! That’s where 3D Systems and  Cubify came in. At the center of every award recipient and presenter table was a Cube 3D printer working its magic. Thirty Cube printers filled the room, adding even more to the sci-fi atmosphere.

The gentle hum of 3D printers mingled with the oohs and aahs of the crowd as they eagerly watched their 3D printed robots and rocket ships take shape. The build started as attendees were sitting down and finished just in time for guests to take home the special souvenirs.

This award show brought out the finest of geeks. Stan Lee was honored with the first Geekie lifetime achievement award presented to him by Seth Green. Nathan Fillion received the Geek of the Year award that was accepted on his behalf by Jesse Heiman.

Cubify is proud to have been able to sponsor this event and participate in such a unique award show. If you’re looking to have a similar experience at your next party, the same printers used at the award show are available at select Staples stores nationwide. Create anything using our new Sculpt software!


The Cubify contest was promoted through the Cubify Facebook page and the winner was drawn randomly from several hundred participants. The winner of the contest received a 3D printed duck which was based off the rubber ducky design. Ben Esakof of Massachusetts was the winner of the Cubify duck contest and came by to visit the 3D Systems office.  He is a junior at a prestigious private local high school and was extremely interested in 3D printing and how it works. Ben toured the manufacturing, demonstration and print service areas and got to see how the printers worked. When asked what his favorite thing about 3D printing was, he responded with “It’s amazing what you can do with this technology, you can print almost anything!”


3D printing is a way for traditional manufacturing to become less expensive and more efficient.  If a company strategizes and does research on where 3D printing can truly benefit them, they could save a significant amount of time and money and decrease the amount of waste and costs. Jim Williams of Quickparts along with Tim Shinbara of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, have identified several ‘Pillars of Affordability’ that additive manufacturing can deliver. These pillars will form the backbone of your additive manufacturing strategy and allow your entire manufacturing operation to benefit from additive manufacturing in ways that make sense, save money and build productivity.



Read the recent article by Jim on this topic in IndustryWeek magazine.


NASA is working on leveraging 3D printing in order to make the Space Launch System more functional and efficient with space travel. Many of the parts that will be used when manufacturing the rockets will be 3D printed, including parts like the injectors which will then be installed into a RS-25 engine model.


The engineers tested the injectors to make sure they were as durable and functional as the traditional manufactured injectors. Sandra Elam Greene, the propulsion engineer, said “We saw no difference in performance of the 3-D printed injectors compared to the traditionally manufactured injectors. Two separate 3-D printed injectors operated beautifully during all hot-fire tests.” You can read the rest of the article and watch the video of the test here.

Meet the newest member of the Cubify family: Cubify Sculpt. With Cubify Sculpt you can quickly and easily shape your ideas with virtual clay!


 Cubify Sculpt packs a powerful feature set that includes embossing with textures, adding color with paint for full color 3D printing, intuitive push and pull tools to sculpt in virtual clay and accurate symmetry settings for designing organic shapes. The mash up feature lets you import multiple designs to create larger and more complex objects. Cubify Sculpt designs are 3D print-ready for at-home printing.

One of our favorite features is  that Cubify Sculpt accepts STL, OBJ and PLY file formats.  Check out the first few tutorials for a crash course in sculpting with virtual clay.  The Cubify  blog and Facebook page will be sharing tutorials, tips and inspiration files all week. You can learn more here

 Cubfiy Sculpt is available today for $129 or download the 14 day free trial


When Ryan Clifford from Pointbim, based in Cardiff, UK, visited London-based artist Jay Jay Burridge, he was happy to try out his scanning expertise on a clay sculpture of a dinosaur that was being created for a local London restaurant. Burridge needed to be able to manufacture the dinosaur at a more lifelike size for the project and was looking to Ryan’s skills to allow that to happen.

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Using a Leica C10 scanner, the 3d point cloud data was created and imported into Geomagic Studio, by 3D Systems, to be transformed into full 3D surface model data. Using the Wrap command, Ryan easily created the 3D model, which was then ported to other software to be prepared for manufacture.

The dinosaur sculpture was cut from industrial foam on a larger scale for an artist installation in a London restaurant. 

See more of Jay Jay Burridge’s work here.




CNBC traveled from NYC to 3D Systems’ headquarters today in Rock Hill, SC., to do a story on 3D printing and how it is bolstering and shaping the manufacturing industry. The 3D printing industry itself is valued at $2.2 billion dollars, up almost 30% from last year.

3D Systems is one of the leaders in this booming market with services and solutions representing every facet of the 3D printing value chain.  From manufacturing the printers, developing the design software for creating printable content, offering a global parts service as well as printers ranging from entry-level consumer  to professional and production printers for the more experienced designers and manufacturers, 3D Systems is the only full 3D content-to-print provider. Check out this video of Mary Thompson with CNBC and our 3D printers below.

Live broadcasts were made during the day's shoot. You can view one here

Wed Aug 7, 11:16am ET – Eyeing a new dimension for manufacturing

On June 12, 2013, 3D Systems announced the intent to acquire Phenix Systems in France. That acquisition was complete by July 15, 2013, and for everyone at 3D Systems, now the real fun begins.

The entire company is fascinated by all levels of 3D printing – from consumer through to industrial - but the sheer quality of the metal and ceramic 3D printing by Phenix has taken our collective fascination to new heights.

Phenix is known for its high-quality finish and ability to successfully manufacture even very tiny parts. This translates into the engineering world by saying that layers at as little as 20 microns thickness can be created in precious metals and ceramics, resulting in the ability to create very small, detailed parts with a superb finish. This makes it ideal for orthodontic parts manufacturing, where very precise and complex pieces are custom-fit to patients' own mouths. But Phenix systems can be used for any part up to a current build size of 250 x 250 x 300 mm, with that same level of accuracy if needed.

The systems use Laser Sintering technology, which uses powdered materials from which to build. Materials available include stainless steel, precious metals, tool steel, non-ferrous alloys, super alloys and ceramics.

(Image above right - a tiny part created for orthodontic products, using Phenix 3D printing systems.)


You can also see a great photo gallery on the Phenix products and parts at Design News magazine.

3D Systems and Cubify launched shoes that can be 3D printed on the CubeX! Janne Kyttanen designed the shoes that are free for download on, or by clicking here. Check out this video to see how stylish you can be by printing your own shoes!





“Enders Game,” the science fiction movie due out later this year, had a huge tent right outside the San Diego Convention Center at this year’s Comic Con. During the walk-through, fans of Enders Game walked through the displays and also learned more about 3D printing and could see the Cube in action! The Cube 3D printer was printing out various items including robots, the HGTV logo, rooks, and other fun and cool items! Attendees also entered to win a Cube of their own. See more photos from 3D Systems at Comic Con here.