US 3D printer company, 3D Systems, has acquired UK-based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects’ technology.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but the company expects the CubePro to contribute to its 2015 results.
3D Systems displayed the CubePro at this week’s International CES 2015 exhibition. The company described the new device as being capable of delivering a ‘true’ full-color experience at the ‘affordable’ price of $4,990, with ‘greater accuracy and speed than any comparable desktop 3D printer on the market today’.
The new CubePro C is capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175mm per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material.
“Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn’t have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources,” said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO, botObjects. “Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster.”
Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015. The CubePro C line joins 3DS’ desktop portfolio that includes the CubePro and Cube line of 3D printers and Sense 3D scanning products, which 3D Systems describes as ideal for a variety of professional desktops from engineers to designers and architects, as well as users at home and students at school.
Also at CES 2015, 3D Systems previewed the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company that can print custom designs in dark, milk or white chocolate.
CocoJet is the latest result of 3D Systems’ partnership with The Hershey Company. It debuted at the 3D Chocolate Candy printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World on December 19, 2014, as the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in operation. The collaboration explores ways to incorporate 3D chocolate printing into Hershey’s Chocolate World live experience and provides valuable market research on the consumer applications for chocolate 3D printing.
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