Expertise and Solutions for Advanced Applications
3D Systems launched the 3D printing industry in 1986 and has been leading additive manufacturing innovation ever since. Our broad portfolio of hardware, software, and material solutions spans from plastics to metals, and is backed by industry-specific engineering expertise housed in our Applications Innovation Group. We take a consultative, application-focused approach to solving your most difficult design and production challenges. The combination of our solutions, expertise, and innovation helps our users defy conventional manufacturing limitations and maximize the value of additive manufacturing.
Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with offices, manufacturing facilities, and Customer Innovation Centers around the globe, 3D Systems has the expertise and resources to advance industries.
Our additive manufacturing solutions are widely used in advanced industrial applications to drive performance improvements. Industry-specific guidance from our in-house experts helps our users maximize the results and returns of choosing this technology.
Additive manufacturing solutions are a natural fit for healthcare applications, where customized designs and high performance are in demand. With a dedicated healthcare facility and application experts across the globe, we are proud to help improve patient outcomes.
Our History – From Chuck Hull’s Idea To An Industry
3D printing is invented by 3D Systems’ co-founder, Charles (“Chuck”) Hull. The patent for Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) is filed, and 3D Systems launches as the first ever 3D printing company, commercializing the SLA-1.
Chuck Hull creates the first-ever 3D printed part, inventing Stereolithography
Additional 3D printing technologies come to market, expanding material options and capabilities. Parallel advancements in 3D software continues to change the landscape of design. 3D printing offers major time savings as a prototyping technology.
Commercialization process starts for ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D powder-based systems
3D Systems brings MultiJet Printing (MJP) 3D printers to market
Alongside continued technology advancements in hardware, software developments continue to evolve to support an integrated workflow. Highlights include the release of the first Simbionix virtual reality surgical simulator, and the emergence of scan-based design software for reverse engineering.
Advancing software tools enhance the design freedom of additive manufacturing workflows.
3D Systems experts help customers expand applications for additive manufacturing into production. The company adds direct metal printing (DMP) to its portfolio and production-capable plastic printing platforms designed to scale.
3D printed metal tube holders produced using 3DXpert software and Direct metal printing
Our engineers continue to advance our portfolio of solutions, and collaborations with our application experts continue to drive innovation across industries. Visit our press room for the latest news and developments.
3D bioprinted trachea model (Image courtesy of United Therapeutics)
3D Systems Around the WorldWe are proud to offer global coverage in more than 68 countries through our authorized partner network and solution sales specialists.