ROCK HILL, S.C., July 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that together with Innovation Factory of Chicago, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, CGI, it plans to power Chicago's bid to become an innovation hub and the design capital of the world. Under this exclusive agreement Innovation Factory will harness 3D Systems' entire end-to-end 3D printing and advanced manufacturing solutions across its unique innovation platform. Innovation Factory blends creativity, design, technology and entrepreneurship to help Chicagoland develop exciting new products. The company supports inventors, students and entrepreneurs to launch businesses or achieve growth through the successful development and commercialization of leadership products. "We are thrilled to partner with 3D Systems and deploy their powerful portfolio of 3D printers across our Innovation Factory product development platform," stated Jonathan Kinlay, Co-founder and CEO of Innovation Factory. "Our work here in the area and with CGI will be greatly enhanced from this exciting partnership." "We are energized by the work Innovation Factory does with CGI and look forward to being their exclusive 3D printing partner," said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems CEO. "This collaboration underscores our commitment to democratize access to 3D printing technology and localize manufacturing for the benefit of inventors, students and entrepreneurs everywhere." Visit 3DSystems.com to learn which 3D printer or solution is right for your application. About 3D Systems 3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD, reverse engineering and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.