Cubify

3D Systems Launches Cubify Invent

A fair amount of the Apple’s success has been based on branding. The company convinces its audience that its product is superior and easier to use than competing products. This results in an almost cult of personality level of devotion from Apple fans. Devotees eagerly follow each new release and update, happily ditching slightly outdated tech for the newest thing.

Some people might argue (I’m not judging here) that you don’t really need a MacBook Air to surf the web, but you can sure look cool doing so. At this point, 3D printing is a niche product for the home market. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to compare the efforts of companies like MakerBot to sell the maker idea to efforts of Apple to sell the iPad experience.

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Company Profile: 3D Systems

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It’s hard to know where to begin when covering a company like 3D Systems. Do you start with the product lines? The problem with that approach is you have to include systems like the ZPrinter line and then you have to go back over the same information a second time when talking about 3D Systems’ acquisitions. Maybe the best place to start is at the very beginning, before the company turned into the juggernaut we’ve become familiar with today.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Systems Acquisitions, Stratasys Dimension Bundle, and Refrigerators

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing, I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up once every few weeks and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

We’ll start up this Roundup with a look at recent 3D Systems acquisitions. Back in April, 3D Systems acquired Paramount Industries. Paramount is a direct manufacturing firm with experience in the medical and aerospace parts businesses. Selective laser sintering, stereolithography, urethane castings and injection molding are some of the processes offered by the new acquisition.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Systems, Typography, Merger News and Superheroes

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing, I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up once every few weeks and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

3D Systems has added another company to its vast portfolio by acquiring My Robot Nation (MRN). The main draw of MRN (other than robots) for 3D Systems is its simple creation UI that allows customers to design a personalized robot that is then built with a 3D printer. 3D Systems intends to incorporate the UI into its Cubify site.

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3D Systems and MakerBot Offer New Home 3D Printers

Personal additive manufacturing is still in its infancy, much like computers were before the PC revolution that brought the devices into nearly every home. Early PCs were bulky, expensive and usually didn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. Early home 3D printing systems are pretty much the same.

The Thing-O-Matic, MakerBot’s first offering into the field, is now joined by the Replicator (I’m honestly surprised it took this long for someone to use the Star Trek reference). The Replicator shares the same rough-and-ready look of the Thing-O-Matic, but can be purchased with what MakerBot is calling their “Dualstrusion” option. Dualstrusion allows for two color products, which may be a first for home 3D printers.

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