Last week, the Cube 3D printer was crowned as the first place winner for the first-ever GITEX Hot Stuff Awards in Dubai, UAE. In doing so, the Cube earned the title as the region’s most innovative and popular technology ahead of a list of contenders including tablet computers and gaming systems. This win reinforces how deeply 3D printing has established itself in popular culture, as more people are ready to get their hands on a home 3D printer.              (Photo above via

The GITEX Hot Stuff Awards, powered by Stuff magazine, are among the region’s biggest technology honors. The awards are “designed to celebrate the most desirable, exciting and innovative customer electronic products currently or soon to be available in the region,” according to the company’s website.

Congrats to the Cube, and here’s to more transformational, disruptive developments to come from 3D Systems.

Click here to read more about the Cube’s award at the GITEX Hot Stuff Awards.

3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental had the opportunity to speak at the UP Experience in Houston, Texas, last week. The UP Experience is an intellectual event that brings 12 of the world’s most extraordinary thought leaders, creators, and innovators together. The people that are chosen to speak at UP are the leaders behind the technologies, the trends, the ideas, and the movements that are morphing the world into what it is today and for the future.  

Hundreds of people from across the country and many students from area schools were there to hear Avi discuss 3D printing, its impact on the manufacturing industry, and how industries and markets will increasingly depend on it. Attendees were intrigued and awed at the potential of 3D printers and how they can transform industries like healthcare, automotive, design, and more.

To learn more about the UP Experience, visit their website here.

3D Systems attended the 95th annual conference for the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons in Orlando, Fla., this month and demonstrated Bespoke Modeling, a brand new, cloud-based, full-color 3D medical modeling application, along with a ProJet 460Plus 3D color printer. At the booth we created 3D-printed bone models from DICOM data, using Bespoke Modeling, and printed them on site to show how easy and fast it is to create and print custom bone models. These models have the same look and sensation, when drilling, sawing and inserting screws, as human bone.

Dr. Gary Orentlicher, an oral surgeon from Scarsdale, N.Y., was impressed by what he saw and acknowledged that 3D-printed bone model would assist him with a patient requiring a mandible asymmetric osteotomy. “The application (Bespoke Modeling) was as easy to use as I saw in the demonstration. I was able to upload the DICOM data, then create and order the model in less than 10 minutes. And that was the first time I used the application,” he said. “The printed model looks incredibly realistic. It helped me explain the procedure to the patient and also let me visualize the precise movement, cuts and positioning of the surgery.” (See images left: 3D patient model in Bespoke Modeling (above), 3D-printed model (below))

Click here for more information about Bespoke Modeling. Sign up for Bespoke Modeling through October and you'll receive two free hours of modeling time. 

Eggs? Check. Bread? Check. Butter? Check. 3D-printed mini me? Check.

Shoppers in the UK can now have a few more items in their shopping carts, as Asda has started a trial 3D printing service in the supermarket chain’s York (UK) location. Asda, which is owned by Walmart and is the second most successful supermarket chain in the UK, will expand this service across the UK upon a successful trial period. Shoppers around the country can then have objects—or themselves—scanned and 3D printed in store. The store expects mini me figurines, small statues built from scans of people, to sell big for customers wanting a small souvenir of their own likeness. The mini me figurines can be scaled to whatever size the customer wants and will start at £40.

It’s yet another exciting development in the world of 3D, and 3D Systems is proud to play a part, as our ColorJet technology converts Asda customers into mini 3D-printed figurines.

For more information, click here.

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Think the world of consumer 3D printing and hardcore manufacturing 3D printing share nothing more than a few words? After all, high-end production 3D printers are churning out end-use parts, highly detailed concept models and more for a range of manufacturing operations. And consumer 3D printers, like the Cube, are perfect for at-home projects and art pieces. The two seem pretty far removed, right?

Not so fast.

In a recent Industry Week article, Jim Williams, vice president of aerospace and defense, MANTEC and program development at 3D Systems, argues that manufacturers ought to be taking note of the implications of consumer 3D printing on the manufacturing industry. In fact, consumer 3D printing is laying the groundwork for a new generation of manufacturers, getting students interested in making early. In addition, it’s helping manufacturers who haven’t stepped into the 3D printing arena to get a feel for the design paradigm shift that 3D printing requires.

Click here to read more from Jim’s informative article.


3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental is set to speak at the Up Experience in Houston Texas on Thursday, October 24th.  The UP Experience collects different perspectives from various thought leaders in the country and brings them to this unique event. Each speaker gets to do a 20 minute talk to discuss the industry they are involved in and also the global effects of the industry. Avi will be speaking about 3D Systems and how 3D printing is changing the way people think, and the way the world manufactures products today.

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is taking a step to raise its profile and lead American manufacturing into the future with a revamped name and logo. The organization will now be called America Makes, and officials are excited about the accessibility that the new name evokes, as they hope to reach a wider audience from hobbyist to entrepreneur to manufacturer. Added Founding Director Ralph Resnick, “When America makes, America works.” 

Regardless of the name, America Makes, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, remains committed to increasing the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing by accelerating and integrating additive manufacturing technologies in the US. In support of its mission, the organization is comprised of 65 supporting members, 26 full members and five lead members.

As a lead member, 3D Systems is excited to embark on this new phase in America Makes’ evolution, and we look forward to continuing to change the game for American manufacturing.

It is always fun to see both our 3D scanning software as well as 3D printing being put to practical use at places as prestigious as the Smithsonian Museum.

In a recent video by National Geographic, the scanning experts at the museum explain how taking 3D 'copies' of artifacts helps preserve the original pieces with less risk of damage and wear-and-tear.

Previously to make replicas, a priceless artifact would be encased in plaster, or other substances to make molds, which can easily cause damage. 3D scanning was implemented 6 years ago to help protect the artifacts while still getting very accurate replcias.

Using the 3D Systems Geomagic Scanning software, a 3D digital scan is made and processed by the software into usable 3D data. From there very accurate likenesses of the original can be created using 3D Printing from 3D Systems. In this case, Cube 3D printers are used for early versions of the model and ProJet systems used for higher end printing.

The 3D data is also easily transferred and transported to other Smithsonian sites and partners around the world so they can easily recreate artifacts using 3D printing.

The Smithsonian is holding an event on Nov 14-15 2013, highlighting 3D technologies and how they are transforming the way it works. The Smithsonian X3D conference will show how state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image-based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian tools will enable museum collections, scientific specimens, and entire research sites to be digitally recorded, studied, and shared in immersive detail. The event is free but registration is filling fast!

View the National Geographic Video at:











We were thrilled and impressed this week when new 3D Systems reseller InkTrade in Costa Rica shared news of a huge open house. As you can see, they rolled out the red carpet with their very own Cube® café, as well as a showcase for the Cube® X. InkTrade is also promoting a range of 3D Systems 3D printers and software, including quality verification solution Geomagic® Control and Geomagic® Verify, in addition to CAD software Geomagic® Design.

This marks an exciting time when more and more manufacturers, engineers and designers are integrating 3D printing into their workflows, and InkTrade is poised to be a big part of that movement in Central America. “Technology-wise, Central America is a very up-to-date region and 3D printing will now be a part of that,” said InkTrade president Thomas Lange. “We are very proud to represent the leader in 3D printing, 3D Systems, in Central America and we are looking forward to a long-term successful partnership.”

The event was a huge success, with around 200 attendees from a variety of industries and multiple members of the press. We’ll update you with TV and newspaper stories as they become available. Also if you’re in Costa Rica tomorrow, tune in to radio ADN 90.7 at 8:45 AM for an interview with some of our colleagues at InkTrade.

Vincent Van Gogh's talents exceeded many other artists of his generation. Now, with the help of 3D printing, one of his masterpieces is taking another leap. Husband-and-wife artists Rob and Nick Carter have created a physical 3D version of Van Gogh’s famous "Sunflowers." In cooperation with international creative studio MPC, the Carters developed this striking sculpture from the original 2D painting with the help of digital design tools and a 3D Systems ProJet® 3500.

Using 3D design software, a team of designers and artists created the sunflowers and then added layer upon layer of three-dimensional brush strokes to mimic the painted strokes on the original canvas.

Once they'd completed the digital design, the team printed the sculpture on the ProJet 3500 using the VisiJet® material, which mimics the look, feel and performance of injection-molded ABS plastic. Then the final sculpture was cast in silicon bronze.

If you find yourself at the Fine Art Society in London before the November 2nd, stop by to take a look.












From October 9, 2013, to February 10, 2014, the London Science Museum will feature an awe-inspiring and eye-opening exhibition on 3D printing, showcasing the technology’s current capabilities and shedding some insight on what the future holds. In addition to displaying over 600 3D printed objects, “3D: Printing the Future” goes behind the scenes of 3D content creation through the exploration of 3D scanning and shows off prints from a wide array of materials, including nylon, titanium and sandstone.

The exhibit delves beneath the modern hype of 3D printing to show the prolific applications of 3D printing and what it will enable, from patient specific medical solutions to human cell replication to original and imaginative art pieces that unleash the creative potential  in all of us.

Click to see a video from The Telegraph

Though centered on technology, the 3D printing exhibit is uniquely personal, with 3D scanned and printed models of museum visitors out on display. “By displaying models of people in the exhibition, we aim to create a deeper engagement with our visitors,” says museum content developer Pippa Hough. “Those who were scanned can feel a physical connection with the exhibition.”

Stories about the contributions of 3D printing to engineers, designers and manufacturers are becoming increasingly commonplace in our society. According to Suzy Antoniw, the leader of the “3D: Printing the Future” exhibition, this first-of-its-kind display “aims to shine a light on the latest developments and discuss where the technology may take us in the future.”

The exhibition will engage visitors in the latest science and technology issues through a program of holiday events and exhibitions. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visitors. More information can be found here.

3D printing has been around for 30 years but has recently spread and has had an increase in popularity as the costs  have come down and regular consumers being able to purchase and print in their own homes.  The Cubes being sold in the United Kingdom is only the beginning of 3D printing expanding across the globe and beyond!

The Cube 3D printer by 3D Systems is now being sold at Dixons Retail in the United Kingdom. Dixons is the largest electrical retail store in Europe. The Cube will be sold for £1,195, or $1,300. The cartridges will be £52.80 and $50.  With the purchase of the Cube 3D printer, the customer also receives 25 free print files designed by Cubify artists.