3D Systems expands reseller pact with Canon

Summary:Canon Marketing Japan will begin selling a broader line of 3D Systems 3D printers.

3D Systems, a leading 3D printer player, said Friday that it expanded a pact with Canon to sell more of its high-end systems.

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The deal, made with Canon Marketing Japan, comes as Hewlett-Packard is expected to enter the 3D printing market in June. HP has said it expects to focus on enterprise systems initially---just like Stratasys and 3D Systems.

Under the partnership, Canon will sell 3D Systems' complete line of ProJet professional systems, which are used for jewelry and dental applications; CubeX, an entry-level desktop 3D prototyping system; and Geomagic software. Canon has been selling 3D Systems manufacturing printers since Oct. 2013.

In a statement, Canon said that it is planning to combine its "mixed reality technology" with 3D printing. Canon's mixed reality gear combines virtual reality with designs to see how parts and concepts fit together. 3D Systems' gear would bring those virtual prototypes into the real world.

Here's a look at Canon's mixed reality technology:

canon mixed reality

And output from Pro Jet.




Topics: Printers, Hardware, Innovation


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