Leading 3D printing design-to-manufacturing solutions provider, 3D Systems Corp. (DDD) has proved its versatility yet again with the delivery of its 3D application to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Implementing its 3D technology, 3D Systems has created a prehistoric whale fossil which is the first-of–its-kind 3D heritage restoration.
3D Systems has formed a strategic alliance with Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum and research complex comprising 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park along with nine research facilities. As per the scope of the contract, 3D Systems has created a website called Smithsonian X 3D apart from providing its 3D technology for 3D scan processing and printing. Smithsonian X 3D allows visitors to follow the 3D printing revolution and experience the new opportunities it offers in manufacturing, research and education. It also provides guests the opportunity to interact and download free material from various collections.
The alliance with Smithsonian is a major milestone for 3D Systems as the reinstatement of the ancient whale fossil highlights the potential of 3D printing with respect to preservation of the present and future collections. The technology also makes such heritage collections available for display to a global audience, further demonstrating the competence of 3D printing in a convincing manner.
Importantly, 3D Systems has been pursuing strategic acquisitions and forming partnerships to diversify its offerings and expand its operating markets. In the last six months, 3D Systems has collaborated with Hasbro (HAS), The Hershey Co. (HSY) and Staples Inc. (SPLS) in its approach to introduce 3D printing capabilities to various industries. Last month, the company announced an alliance with ScanSource, Inc. (SCSC) to support the latter’s new technology team which is primarily focused on the sale and support of 3D printing solutions.
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