3D Systems unveiled its strategy, solutions, partnerships and updated management team to help customers leverage its digital manufacturing solutions and transition from prototyping to production. At an exclusive launch event coinciding with the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016, 3D Systems’ President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) shared his positive outlook on the 3D printing industry and the reasons he believes 3D printing is at an inflection point.
“Rapid prototyping was the original application for 3D printing and will continue to be an important part of our business,” says Joshi. “However, we believe we have the technology and assets today to make 3D production real and provide profitable growth for our company.”
Joshi explained how 3D Systems’ complete digital manufacturing ecosystem uniquely enables customers to digitize, design, simulate, manufacture, inspect and manage as they transition towards end-use part production. He has officially launched 3DXpert™, 3D Systems’ powerful software solution for streamlining and automating pre- and post-production processes for Direct Metal Printing. Additionally, Joshi announced a strategic partnership with PTC, a leading provider of CAD, PLM, and IoT technology.
PTC alliance expands partner ecosystem
During 3D Systems’ launch event, the company has highlighted the elevated importance strategic partnerships with category leaders play in the company’s business model and operations. Illustrating that point, Joshi announced a strategic alliance with software-leader PTC.
Jim Heppelmann, PTC’s President and CEO, joined Joshi on stage to share how the two companies are working together to integrate 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint™ SDK into PTC’s flagship Creo® CAD platform. The collaboration will provide Creo-users with seamless CAD-to-print functionality as well as a full set of print management tools.
“Partnering with 3D Systems allows our users to take full advantage of the power of 3D printing and work seamlessly from digital design to physical part,” says Heppelmann. “The 3D Sprint SDK integration into Creo is just the beginning of what our two companies can accomplish across the digital manufacturing value-chain.”
Figure 4 technology provides digital alternative to injection molding
Throughout IMTS, 3D Systems demonstrated the latest advancements to its Figure 4 technology, the company’s ultra-fast, modular Stereolithography (SLA) system designed for the production of plastic parts on the factory floor. Featuring print speeds of up to 50-times faster than conventional systems as well as the ability to integrate with secondary processes such as finishing and coating, the productivity and flexibility of the Figure 4 platform make it a viable and intelligent digital alternative to injection molding.
As part of 3D Systems’ latest developments, the company has expanded Figure 4 capabilities to incorporate automatic, in-line 3D inspection of parts for closed-loop manufacturing. Simultaneous to part inspection and measurement, the system also generates a real time, detailed report with go/no-go feedback. This process provides users with immediate confidence in part compliance while enabling highly diversified production.
3DXpert software revolutionizes Direct Metal Printing
With a focus on providing a complete production solution for Direct Metal Printing (DMP), 3D Systems has also launched 3DXpert, a comprehensive all-in-one software solution that simplifies and streamlines the metal printing workflow. 3DXpert eliminates the need to work with multiple software packages by covering the full workflow – importing data, optimizing the geometry and lattice creation, calculating the scan-path, arranging the build platform, sending it to the printer and even machining the final part when necessary.
3DXpert allows users to import and work with any geometry (STL, Surfaces, Solid). This helps save valuable time and maintain greater flexibility on change handling, using history-based parametric CAD tools. Structure optimization tools within the software allow users to save weight and material with lightning-fast creation and editing of micro lattices, based on the groundbreaking Volume Representation (V-Rep) technology. The software also enables optimal printing strategies to be assigned to different zones of a part and automatically fuses separately assigned zones into a single scan-path, resulting in minimized print time while maintaining part integrity.
New management team to drive operational excellence through experience
To help grow and scale the business, strengthen execution, and better reach customers in key markets worldwide, 3D Systems announced an updated operating framework centered around regional execution teams. To support the implementation of this regional go-to-market model and drive operational excellence across the business, CEO Joshi presented several new additions to his management team. Along with recently-announced CFO John McMullen, these incoming executives each bring significant experience in effectively managing similarly structured organizations and have successful track records working alongside Joshi.
“Our new management team combines the talent and domain knowledge of our existing leadership with new additions who have proven success in executing a regional operating framework that balances growth, capital and operational excellence,” says Joshi. “With this world-class team, I strongly believe we can capitalize on opportunities in global markets and create value for our customers, partners and shareholders.”