3D Systems to launch dental lab system

Friday, February 15, 2008

3D Systems to launch dental lab system

As we've been recently announcing, 3D Systems Corp. has lauched a three-dimensional printer based on the company's multijet modeling technology. The product is dubbed the ProJet HD3000 3-D Production System. According to the Rock Hill-based company, the printer can be used in concept development, design validation, production of molding and casting patterns and other applications. This announcement was reviewd in "Projet hd3000 - high-definition 3d printer" post, and today we are ready to meet some more news from this company.

3D Systems Corp. plans to launch a three-dimensional printer for use in dental labs.

About 3D Systems Corporation 3D Systems fleshes out a flat business. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Valencia, CA, 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services systems for 3D printing and prototyping. The company makes products that take data from CAD or 3D scanning software and it fabricates prototypes (visual prototype) from plastics, metals, and composites. Applications range from toys to engineered components. It operates in the US, Europe, and Asia. The company had 2005 revenue of about $139.7 million and employs about 350 people. In May 2006, it introduced a new software suite comprised of 3DView, 3DManage, and 3DPrint.

The printer will produce wax-ups -- three-dimensional representations of the patient's teeth after dental work is completed. Users of the ProJet DP Production System can design a virtual wax-up using 3-D software and send the data to a system to print wax-ups in layers. Applications include crowns, bridges and partial frameworks. "We are delivering to dental labs a solution that gives them the ability to increase their productivity and improve the quality, consistency and delivery of their product," says Abe Reichental, chief executive. The system will be available to customers in the United States in March. 3D Systems makes machines that produce three-dimensional functional prototypes (and also large prototypes) and working parts for a range of industries, from plastics to auto racing. The company moved its headquarters to Rock Hill in 2005. It cited the city's proximity to its customers and suppliers as well as the area's favorable business climate, tax benefits and lower cost of doing business. 3D Systems (NASDAQ:TDSC) had been based in Valencia, Calif.

Collected at bizjournals.com, 3dsystems.com, news.google.com.