Entries in 3D Systems (94)
- Full year revenue increased 44% over 2010
- The number of printer units increased much more, some 190%. Why hasn't the revenue gone up similarly? We think because they are selling many more lower-cost personal 3D printer units
- Total income of USD$35.4 million for 2011. This is massively larger than all of the personal 3D printer startups we've seen, indicating the difficulty of competing against 3D Systems
- Some "drag" occurred during 4Q11 from corporate acquisition costs
- Amazingly, some USD$3.6M was spent developing the Cubify.com initiative
Industry giant 3D Systems acquired software plugin maker Print3D in April last year and this week saw 3D Systems announce the technical outcome of that acquisition: Print3D is now released as a free plugin for major 3D modeling tools for direct integration with 3D Systems' print services.
Instead of exporting your 3D model and then importing it into their 3D print services, you can now link directly from within the 3D modeling software. This means you can significantly shorten your workflow because the plugin will provide instant price quotes, permitting you to adapt your model immediately.
The software plugin is available today for the following major 3D modeling tools: Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and Alibre Design. We suspect they'll be adding more to the list in the future.
Cubify.com combines coloring book simplicity with cloud gaming excitement to deliver a vivid 3D create-and-make experience through a fully integrated, fluid interface. With intuitive 3D apps, rich 3D printable content libraries of games, puzzles and collections, Cubify.com turns any mobile device, tablet or Kinect® into a powerful, digital canvas that unleashes creativity and brings ideas to life in 3D. Compelling content creation, capture and customization apps make it simple and fun to personalize creations and Cubify them at home on a Cube™ 3D printer or have them Cubified using our online 3D printing service. Now everyone can unleash their creativity and earn money by marketing their own 3D creations or by developing new apps for Cubify.com.
- What are the specifications on the Cube™ 3D printer? How does it compare with other options? We presume it's assembled, but how easy is it to physically operate?
- How does the "make money with your designs" work?
- Will the design software work effectively on all platforms, which is quite a challenge to create?
- How well does the 3D scanning component work? Will it generate adequate models or will lots of tweaking be required?
- How will 3D print service charges compare with the alternatives?
- ~700 Employees worldwide
- ~900 Patents (!)
- Most of their revenue now originates from outside of the USA
- Six different kinds of 3D printing engines
- 90 different print materials
- Eight locations in the USA; Six in Europe; Six in Asia-Pacific
- From August 2009 to September 2011 (two years), they added 98 new resellers and 14 new service facilities
- Revenue breakdown: 41% from Services; 31% from Materials and only 28% from 3D printers
- Three divisions of printers: Personal, Professional and Production, ranging from a mere USD$1300 up to USD$950K
- Software products include content creation and digital 3D models
- 3D printer unit sales grew 273% in 2011 over 2010
- Nineteen companies acquired in the past 2 years (wait a sec, that's a lot more than we thought!)
- The Huntsman materials business acquisition brought in 25 materials and 373 patents!