ROCK HILL, S.C., May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has partnered with ScanSource, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCSC), the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products, on ScanSource's new technologies team dedicated to the sale and support of 3D printing solutions. As the 3D market begins to develop along the normal technology adoption curve, ScanSource believes the reseller channel is ready to embrace these new solutions and bring them to a variety of vertical markets. As an innovative leader in developing 3D printers and print materials, 3D Systems offers a comprehensive range of products targeted for the manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace and automotive markets. "ScanSource has been evaluating the 3D market for quite some time. As the technology and solutions become attractive to a broader end-user customer base and a reseller channel begins to develop, we found the timing to be right and the market to be ready for value-added distribution," said Mike Baur, CEO, ScanSource, Inc. "As with all of our business offerings, the products and associated services must be a fit with our business model in that the solution needs the value-added services and support that resellers rely on from ScanSource. We look forward to delivering 3D printing solutions to our resellers and are excited to have 3D Systems as a partner, as they are a leader in the market." "We are thrilled to partner with a distributor of the caliber, size and demonstrated performance of ScanSource," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. "ScanSource brings scalable field coverage together with a unique model of training expertise and experienced field resources that support its growing reseller network, substantially expanding our addressable markets and access to new use cases." ScanSource's 3D solutions are available in the United States immediately. For more information about ScanSource, please visit www.scansource.com. Learn more about 3DS' commitment to manufacturing the future at www.3dsystems.com. About ScanSource, Inc. ScanSource, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCSC) is the leading international distributor of specialty technology products, focusing on point-of-sale (POS) and barcode, communications and physical security solutions. ScanSource's teams provide value-added services and operate from two technology segments, Worldwide Barcode & Security and Worldwide Communications & Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its reseller customers choose, configure, and deliver the industry's best products across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992, the Company ranks #711 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com. About 3D Systems 3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools and an integrated 3D planning and printing digital thread for personalized surgery and patient specific medical devices. Its products and services 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 functional parts and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.
Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
- 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
- 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.
- 3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
- 3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
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