Rapid prototyping leader Valencia, California-based 3D Systems Corp. and Auburn Hills, Michigan-based toolmaking firm POM Group Inc. have launched ventures to make production molds from metallic powder. 3D plans to commercialize its product in June with a production-mold-ready system at its selective laser sintering process. The new drive toward production molds began with 3D's purchase of DTM Corp. of Austin, Texas. The LaserForm material also can be used to make complex parts and mold inserts, slides and rails.
Reports on 3D Systems Corp.'s purchase of Keltool Inc. in an effort to broaden its rapid prototyping product line. Capabilities of the Keltool rapid tooling process; 3D Systems' sales in 1995; Expected synergy between the rapid tooling and rapid prototyping technologies; 3D Systems' technical center that offers model or pattern-making services.
Announces the merger of two rapid prototyping machine suppliers, 3D Systems Corp. of California with Texas-based DTM Corp. Profits earned by the two companies in 2000; Development of technologies for direct manufacturing; Effect of the announcement on the stock trading of both companies.
CONSOLIDATION & merger of corporations, PLASTICS industries, CASH transactions, and STOCKS (Finance)
The article offers information on the acquisition of the two European companies Provel Srl and Bytes Ltd. by 3D Systems Corp. It states that Provel Srl provides rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing services and will become part of 3Dproparts in Europe. It mentions that 3D Systems Corp. acquired majority of its shares in cash transaction. It highlights that Bytes Ltd. on the other hand, provides three-dimensional printers that print plastic parts in multiple colors.
The article presents news briefs on the plastics industry. To expand production in Romeo, Michigan, for new business, Romeo RIM Inc. will invest 7.6 million dollars in new equipment. Assets of Express Pattern Inc. have been purchased by 3D Systems Corp. to expand its abilities in rapid prototyping and manufacturing services. Berry Plastics Corp. plans to expand its Captive Plastics subsidiary in Peosta, Iowa, which will create 12 jobs.
PLASTICS industries, SUPPLY chains, NEW product development, and PROTOTYPES
This article presents news related to plastic suppliers, as of September 13, 2004. Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. continues to expand its pulverizing capacity by adding a horizontal dual mill from Reduction Engineering Inc. The Nazareth firm now will have pulverizing capacity of more than 35 million pounds per year with a total of seven pulverizers, Nicos officials said. Its customers have included window profile extruders, PVC floor coverings makers and makers of flexible vinyl roofing membranes. RPDG expanded its urethane casting department with the purchase of new equipment from MK Technology GmbH of Grafschaft, Germany, including an MK System III vacuum casting chamber. In enlarging its rapid prototyping department, RPDG acquired solid imaging equipment from 3D Systems Corp. of Valencia, California, including an SLA 7000 system and two SLA 250 machines.
INDUSTRIAL designers, PRINTING machinery & supplies, INJECTION molding of plastics, and MOLDING of plastics
Options continue to increase for design engineers wanting to add three-dimensional printing capabilities to their arsenals, as vendors roll out new and updated models, and prices continue to fall. Stratasys Inc., 3D Systems Corp. and Z Corp. were among the prominent rapid-prototyping purveyors touting their wares at the recent National Design Engineering Show in Chicago, Illinois. Stratasys chose the event to introduce its latest-generation 3-D printer, the Dimension SST, at a cost of $34,900. It also slashed $5,000 off the sticker for its 2-year-old legacy Dimension printer, dropping the price to just below $25,000
Introduces a stereolithography machine developed by 3D Systems Corporation that makes rapid prototyping faster and more user-friendly. Features of the machine; Comment from Richard Balanson, president of 3D Systems; Contact for information.