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COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 29, 2019) ZVerse Inc., developer of the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform for digital manufacturing, is partnering with 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), a provider of parts manufacturing services. The strategic alignment will provide 3D Systems’ customers with access to ZVerse’s network of certified designers who can lend their expertise to optimize file formats – facilitating desired final parts.  These services include everything from design modifications to revising file formats to ensure the final part matches the customer’s requirements.

“The customer is at the center of everything we do,” said Thomas Donahue, vice president of global sales for 3D Systems On Demand. “The combination of ZVerse’s expertise and 3D Systems’ design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) processes will allow us to provide advanced design capabilities to our customers. This partnership enables a seamless customer experience, helping them achieve the final part they need, as efficiently as possible.”

  • Users will gain process-specific guidance throughout their manufacturing project’s design phase with file optimization for their specific manufacturing needs and pre-production quality checks.
  • Because the ZVerse technology and designer network can handle high volumes of projects, it also offers increased speed of service for 3D Systems’ On Demand customers.

The news reflects the evolving needs of the fast-growing additive manufacturing industry, which anticipates growth to $35.6 billion by 2024 according to the Wohlers Report 2019.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with 3D Systems as they leverage our CAD as a Service platform to improve customer experiences,” said ZVerse founder and CEO John Carrington. “The desired and proven outcome is providing the fastest path from idea to finished product at the scale required for on-demand manufacturing customers, particularly those who may not have 3D printable files or ready access to a design team to create them.”

The partnership will enable even more innovators, creators and manufacturers to use integrated design and manufacturing solutions within the 3D Systems On Demand services. To start a new order with ZVerse and 3D Systems, log in to your 3D Systems On Demand portal or visit us at https://3ds.layr.co.

About ZVerse

ZVerse bridges the design gap for digital manufacturers at scale through our AI-enabled CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform and certified designer network. Our modular solution of services, fully configurable to specific customer needs, aims to disrupt the traditional manufacturing landscape with vast efficiency by providing the fastest path from idea to finished product. To learn more, visit www.zverse.com, connect on LinkedIn or email info@zverse.com.

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ZVerse and Shapeways Announce Integration Partnership to Deliver Expert 3D Design Solutions at Scale https://zverse.com/2019/09/16/zverse-and-shapeways/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:21:57 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=38970 The post ZVerse and Shapeways Announce Integration Partnership to Deliver Expert 3D Design Solutions at Scale appeared first on ZVerse 3D Solutions.

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Typically, ODMs reject up to 40 percent of job requests because customers don’t have the manufacturable 3D files they need. Instead, Zverse turns this gap into business by taking care of their customers who don’t have files or need them optimized.

 

ZVerse, Inc, developer of the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform for digital manufacturing, announces its partnership with Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing service, to provide CADaaS to their customers in an effort to simplify the user experience in 3D file design and optimization.

The new strategic partnership provides Shapeways customers with access to ZVerse’s artificial intelligence-driven design platform as well as its extensive network of certified 3D designers. The platform is a custom-branded portal that easily integrates with Shapeways’ existing business processes. Customers can engage with a designer via the portal to create an entirely new 3D file, optimize an existing 3D file to be manufacturable, or convert a 3D file to another format, without leaving the Shapeways website.

“Our CADaaS platform bridges the 3D design gap, which in turn opens the sales pipeline for Shapeways and others in on-demand manufacturing,” said John Carrington, founder and CEO of ZVerse. “Typically, ODMs reject up to 40 percent of job requests because customers don’t have the manufacturable 3D files they need. Instead, we turn this gap into business by taking care of their customers who don’t have files or need them optimized, and deliver them back through a fast and seamless experience.”

Content creation for on-demand manufacturers covers a very broad universe. Shapeways prints in more than 50 materials and finishes for medical, robotics, drones, education, and consumer products, among other industries. ZVerse is able to handle high project volumes for 3D designs specific to the manufacturer’s processes, materials and other requirements.

“Our partnership with ZVerse allows us to take our customer relationships end-to-end by fully integrating 3D design services into our platform, ensuring our prospective customers remain within our ecosystem,” said Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “ZVerse’s AI-enabled platform expedites the design process by automating many aspects of the file creation workflow. We ship more than 180,000 3D-printed products per month, and ZVerse enables us to scale to our customer’s needs.”

To learn more about the ZVerse/Shapeways partnership for CADaaS: http://www.shapeways.com/design/.

 

About ZVerse:

ZVerse bridges the design gap for digital manufacturers & OEMs by providing the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform and designer marketplace optimized for on demand manufacturing at scale. Through an AI-enabled platform and certified designer network, the CADaaS platform integrates with a manufacturer’s own system to enable sales, expedite and streamline the file creation process, and provide exceptional customer experiences for manufacturing leads. To learn more, visit http://www.zverse.com, connect on LinkedIn or email info@zverse.com.

 

About Shapeways:

Shapeways is redefining product creation. Shapeways enables businesses to bring their ideas from inception to post production and fulfillment with its end-to-end solution offerings in 3D printing manufacturing. Founded in 2007, Shapeways is headquartered in New York City and has factories in Long Island City, the Netherlands, and a network of innovative partners around the world. Shapeways has a network of over 1 million businesses and has printed over 10 million products. Learn more at shapeways.com.

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ZVerse Announces New Chief Revenue Officer to Lead Growth of CAD as a Service Platform https://zverse.com/2019/09/11/zverse-announces-new-chief-revenue-officer-to-lead-growth-of-cad-as-a-service-platform/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:54:30 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=38964 The post ZVerse Announces New Chief Revenue Officer to Lead Growth of CAD as a Service Platform appeared first on ZVerse 3D Solutions.

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COLUMBIA, S.C.Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ZVerse, Inc, developer of the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform for digital manufacturing, announces that veteran technology executive, David Craig, has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer.

A software executive with a proven track record of accelerating growth, Craig is focused on growing adoption of ZVerse’s CADaaS platform with manufacturing service providers and OEMs in North America and Europe. Prior to joining ZVerse, Craig served as president of Excent Corporation, chief operating officer for CWK Network, and senior vice president of sales for Servigistics, acquired by PTC.

“As our company looks to next stage growth, David has already made an impact on driving expansion and deepening our business partnerships,” said John Carrington, founder and CEO of ZVerse. “Given his extensive business and tech experience, David will also play a significant role in ZVerse’s overall strategy as the enabler of digital manufacturing. I am thrilled he is an integral part of our growing team as we continue to solve our customer’s 3D content challenges at scale.”

In the age of Industry 4.0, more companies are seeking to produce their legacy parts or spare part catalogues with on-demand manufacturers. Those companies soon realize they may not have manufacturable 3D files required for their chosen production method. This creates friction in the delivery process between manufacturing service providers and their customers. ZVerse’s CADaaS platform bridges the design gap from an idea or a 2D image data file to a 3D file optimized for the selected manufacturing process including CNC, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing and more.

“ZVerse’s position as an industry pioneer is what initially drew me to the company. Some of the biggest names in the digital manufacturing space have adopted the CAD as a Service platform as a sales enablement solution that unlocks new production opportunities for them,” said Craig. “I am eager to help take the company to a new level of growth as we increase our focus on delivering new production revenue opportunities to our digital manufacturing customers.”

About ZVerse: ZVerse is bridging the design gap for digital manufacturers & OEM’s by providing the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform and designer marketplace optimized for the manufacturing as a service (MaaS) ecosystem. Through an AI enabled platform and certified Designer Network, the CADaaS platform integrates with manufacturers to expand pipelines, expedite and streamline the file creation process, and provide exceptional customer experiences for manufacturing leads. To learn more, visit https://www.zverse.com, connect on LinkedIn or email info@zverse.com.

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Bridging the Gap for Legacy Parts https://zverse.com/2019/09/10/bridging-the-gap-for-legacy-parts/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:55:45 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=36173 The post Bridging the Gap for Legacy Parts appeared first on ZVerse 3D Solutions.

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Mark Twain has been quoted as saying “Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore”. But for anyone who’s ever been stuck looking for a part for personal or business use that is no longer made, it seems that land has a junior partner.  And finding the right legacy part for an old piece of equipment can bring an operation to a grinding halt.

What are Legacy Parts?

Legacy parts are components of equipment that are no longer produced by the OEM.  As patents run out on old machines and new generations of equipment are produced, inventory of the no-longer-produced part become scarce and then disappears altogether.  But just because an equipment manufacturer has stopped making a piece of machinery doesn’t mean that it isn’t vital to a company’s production needs. In fact, the average age of manufacturing fixed assets is close to twenty years old, double what it was in 1990.  And when the need to source a legacy part hits, it can impact a company’s bottom line.  Some examples of necessary legacy parts include:

  • A New England textile mill producing a specialty consumer product experiencing a consumer revival found itself operating equipment from the 1970s at full capacity with no new additional equipment made after 1980.  The lack of parts meant that equipment risked being idle while new parts were sourced, or custom made.
  • A boutique winery in upstate New York with its own bottling line found that the aging line needed a steady source of wearable parts.  The fittings of the older metal components in the equipment mean that shims, seals and other wearable plastic and nylon parts wore out at a faster rate than they would have otherwise.  And while new equipment was available, the capital expenditure required for new equipment was out of their reach forcing them to rely on legacy parts to keep a profitable operation going.

Challenges in Reproducing Legacy Parts

The biggest challenge in reproducing legacy parts lies in the reality that these parts are usually not digitized.  This creates a second tier of risk that can drive up cost and affect quality. Some of the areas impacted by lack of digitized parts include:

  • Cost:  

Many legacy parts can be made from nylon, phenolic metal, or other millable material.  But the lack of digitization means that parts must be fashioned with an in-house or subcontracted machine shop usually at a premium cost compared to OEM costs that were lower due to mass production during the equipment’s life span.

  • Quality:  

As capital equipment wears over time, component fittings in the non-wearable  sections of the machine may loosen and may require subtle changes to the part to keep it from immediately wearing again.  If the part is being milled using an old drawing, or even a measurement from the old part, the resulting part may not fit as well as it could and may cause quality issues with the finished product of the machine.

  • Time:

 As legacy parts become scarce equipment is at risk for down time and time is money.  The days, and possibly weeks or months, required to scour the internet for a part or have one custom made can leave equipment idle during a crucial production run.

Turning the Corner

With the average age of manufacturing equipment at its highest since 1925, there is finally light on the horizon to address these needs.  The opportunity provided those seeking legacy parts can be largely addressed through 3D printing and on demand manufacturing.  As 3D printing technology has matured, so has the skillsets and product and service offerings in support of it. What was once a hard to assess variable within many operations is now a manageable and cost-effective option when using 3D printing to manufacture parts on demand.  These services include following:

  • Digitization of Parts Inventories:

If equipment has reached the end of its serviceable cycle and with no IP issues involved, parts can be digitized for quick production in a variety of formats including plastic and metal.  For those without access to in-house CAD the digitization of parts can position them to be able to react when needed with less time and with accurate, printable models.

  • 3D Printing:

In many ways, 3D printing was made for legacy parts.  Faced with the high cost/high waste of either custom making a part in a machine shop or in producing more parts than needed to capture volume costing, 3D printing can deliver the number of parts with the least waste.

  • Design Assistance:

Many legacy parts require modification to adjust fit or to alter it in some way due to excessive wear of other components.  But many companies lack the in-house expertise to make these adjustments. 3D technology in the hands of an experienced 3D modeler can result in a better part more suitable for the age of the machine.

The ZVerse Enterprise Digital Inventory Solution helps aftermarket service organizations digitize legacy parts at scale. This outcome-based model breaks through traditional industry barriers by enabling manufacturers to convert 2D drawings into manufacturable 3D files while seamlessly integrating with existing workflows. In turn, organizations can reduce inventory costs, increase part availability, and optimize output. Interested in learning more? Contact us for a demo.

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Tips from the ZVerse Design Network: 4 Ways to Optimize Your 3D File for Better Digital Manufacturing Results https://zverse.com/2019/07/11/optimize-your-3d-file-for-better-3d-printing-results/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:36:03 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=9628 The post Tips from the ZVerse Design Network: 4 Ways to Optimize Your 3D File for Better Digital Manufacturing Results appeared first on ZVerse 3D Solutions.

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You’re ready to manufacture. You have a 3D file. You know the budget you have to work with. You have an idea of the materials you’d like to use.

Not so fast. You have a 3D file – necessary because digital manufacturers can’t work off of 2D images – but is it optimized for manufacturing?

As digital manufacturing becomes accessible to more individuals and small businesses, many are attempting to pull together their own 3D models to save money. While many powerful 3D modeling softwares exist, creating manufacturable, optimized files isn’t something the software is going to do for you.

Without optimization, your manufactured object may end up being a mess. Too many supports result in a clunky, wasteful design. Lines that look all right in the model don’t turn out so well on the physical object. Pieces don’t fit together well.

Our certified 3D Design network pulled together these four tips to get the best starting point for your digital manufacturing endeavor:

 

Use a Single Mesh

The 3D model mesh is the collection of lines, vertices, and faces that make up the object you’ll be manufacturing. You don’t want to save multiple combined meshes in your 3D file. Instead, your design should consist of only one mesh. If you have multiple meshes, your 3D modeling software should allow you to combine the meshes into one.

 

Polygon Shape

Mesh is made up of shapes called polygons. These polygons determine the shape of your objects and are usually named for the number of vertices (points) they have. We recommend you use triangular or rectangular polygons in your 3D files.

The reason for this is the slicer, which is the software that turns your model into manufacturing instructions. When slicer software is preparing your 3D model for manufacturing, it breaks the file down into the layers that will build your product. Slicers have difficulty with polygons that have more than 4 vertices.

 

Normals

A normal is a line, vector, or another object that is perpendicular to an object (in this case, the surface of your 3D file). Before you consider your 3D file complete, double-check that all of your normals are facing in the same direction.

 

Thickness of Parts

One appeal of digital manufacturing is that we can create very streamlined objects. But that streamlining does have its limits. You should keep the walls of your design at least 1-2 millimeters thick. If you expect your design to see a lot of handling, you should consider making the walls even thicker.

 

Go Out and Manufacture Something

Making these changes (and recognizing that they need to be made) takes practice. The more files you make, the easier it’ll be to remember these tips- and to ensure that you get a guaranteed manufacturable 3D file for your intended process, head over to:

ZVerse 3D Design portal for expert 3D design services.

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Challenging the Injection Molding Industry with DLS™ 3D Printing https://zverse.com/2019/04/10/injection-molding-vs-dls-3d-printing/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:41:39 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=38462 A common debate within manufacturing has been whether 3D printing could overcome enough obstacles to replace injection molding. But in past years, the gap between the two processes was too great to overcome for many reasons. And at the end of the day, injection molding offered the benefits of: -Faster production speeds. -Better mechanical properties....

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A common debate within manufacturing has been whether 3D printing could overcome enough obstacles to replace injection molding. But in past years, the gap between the two processes was too great to overcome for many reasons. And at the end of the day, injection molding offered the benefits of:

-Faster production speeds.
-Better mechanical properties.
-Superior finish quality.
-Lower cost on volume.

As a result, the two have remained largely complementary technologies. While injection molding offered better cost and speed for mass produced parts, 3D became a go-to option for rapid prototyping to significantly reduce development cost and time to market. 3D printing remained largely a development technology in environments that utilized injection molding.

Several reasons have held back 3D printing from making significant inroads against injection molding. One consideration was tolerance. While 3D printers could make parts very close to those produced with injection molding, tolerance issues remained. A second reason was quality. Depending on the end use of the injection molded part, 3D printed parts suffered from issues such as delamination and the lack of strong isotropic properties that were not at issue for injection molded parts. Third, layering and other visible effects caused by the deposition of materials during printing resulted in less than desirable finish quality that had to be improved through manual intervention such as sanding to achieve the desired surface finish. And finally, material selection within injection molding ranged into the hundreds of material types whereas options for 3D printed materials were initially limited to a smaller class of materials that comprised at most, a few dozen.

A New Process for Printing Parts

Today, revolutionary new printing processes are addressing those issues. Carbon3D’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ process (DLS™) has quickly closed the gap to offer a process that can be ran on scale in production environments in direct competition with injection molding.

DLS™ technology uses Digital Light Synthesis™ – also known as digital light projection – and programmable resins to produce parts with superior and consistent mechanical properties that meet or exceed engineering grade quality. The printer projects UV light with a cross section of the part design through a window in the bottom of the resin tank. An oxygen-permeable membrane separates the window from the liquid and prevents the finished resin from attaching to the window itself. Carbon’s process is continuous and therefore offers higher speed than other processes. Estimates are that speeds can be up to 100 times faster compared to other printing methods.

As the process is continuous, it also produces parts with superior mechanical properties. Carbon’s process creates parts that are truly isotropic, eliminating issues such as delamination and other directional strength-related factors found in traditional printing. The consistency of the produced part and the elimination of layer lines not only strengthens the part, it creates superior surface finishes, again directly comparable to injection molded parts.

DLS™’s innovative approach solves the issues of tolerance, lack of isotropic strength and surface finishing to create engineering grade finished parts. And it does so at a speed acceptable for production environments. But the obstacles overcome by the printer also work in conjunction with an equally formidable partner – programmable resins.

Materials that Match the Process

Carbon’s DLS™ technology works in conjunction with its programmable resins. For most of the era since the advent of 3D printing, materials were often interchangeable from printer to printer. And while using photopolymerization is common in many types of 3D printing, Carbon takes the process further by adding chemistry to many of its resins that add strength and mechanical properties when used in the DLS™ process or through an additional heat application after printing that fast cures the part to bring it to final strength.

Materials offered by Carbon for the DLS™ process include:

Rigid Polyurethane –

Consumer electronics, automotive, industrial material with excellent mechanical properties

Flexible Polyurethane –

Used for fatigue resistant and flexible parts.

Elastomeric Polyurethane –

Strong elastic performance with high tensile strength great for use in gaskets, seals and cushioning is required.

Cyanate Ester –

Exhibits high temperature resistance and strength making it an excellent under the hood application for automotive.

Epoxy –

High strength and abrasion for automotive, industrial and consumer applications.

Urethane Methacrylate –

Strong and rigid parts are ideal for tooling and fixtures.

Dental Production 10 –

Used heavily in dental applications for dies and models. The material can be reclaimed after use.

30 Silicone –

High biocompatibility means parts produced can be worn comfortably on the skin. Excellent for use in consumer goods.

MPU 100 Material –

Medical grade material that is durable, biocompatible and sterilizable.

Closing in – Benefits of Carbon 3D Printing Over Injection Molding

With its DLS™ technology, Carbon3D has created a symbiotic system of equipment and materials that addresses the issues that have long created a gap between 3D printing and injection molding. The resulting system offers several benefits for manufacturers and designers who have only been able to rely on injection molding in the past:

Design Freedom –

The additional strength provided by DLS™ and Carbon’s material offerings allow for greater design freedom by industrial and product designers. By taking advantage of complex geometries, designers can offer single parts that with injection molding may have had to be produced in pieces and joined. Textures can also be added at the initial production stage. With injection molding, texturing is often done at the final stage.

Unique or Unmoldable Parts –

With injection molding, due to the position of inner structures and cavities, parts may have been designed a certain way to accommodate certain physical limitations within the mold even though a better design was possible. With Carbon3D the strength and complexity of the process and materials allow better design iterations for specialty designs for industries such as automotive, aerospace and medical.

While 3D printing in general may never overtake injection molding as a primary production method, Carbon3D’s DLS™ system and line of materials has made the leap where others could not. For industries such as medical, automotive, aerospace and others requiring an agile, custom or unique production capability, Carbon3D’s DLS™ system can provide not only parts on par with injection molding, but in many cases, superior parts as well.

ZVerse’s unique platform allows any level of user to take advantage of DLS 3D technology. For beginners who have only drawings or sketches to those with just an idea and description, ZVerse can turn concepts into fully DLS optimized 3D files, which can in-turn be used to create end-use, production-quality mechanical components. Give ZVerse’s 3D Design solutions a try here. 

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ZVerse and Carbon ® Announce Strategic Partnership to Bridge the Design Gap for Digital Manufacturing https://zverse.com/2019/03/06/zverse-and-carbon/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 20:10:36 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=38441 ZVerse, Developer of the first automated 3D Design On Demand Platform for digital manufacturing, and Carbon®, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, today announced a strategic partnership to offer enhanced design support to Carbon® production partners and customers. COLUMBIA, S.C. / REDWOOD CITY, CA.: The demand for production grade 3d printed parts continues to...

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ZVerse, Developer of the first automated 3D Design On Demand Platform for digital manufacturing, and Carbon®, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, today announced a strategic partnership to offer enhanced design support to Carbon® production partners and customers.


COLUMBIA, S.C. / REDWOOD CITY, CA.: The demand for production grade 3d printed parts continues to grow as hardware and material science evolves. More companies are adopting additive manufacturing as a viable option to replace traditional manufacturing methods for end use parts or for parts used in their plants. Additive manufacturing removes the traditional manufacturing design constraints, but the design process continues to be a major friction point for some companies who have yet to adopt 3d printing. To increase the funnel of production applications for Carbon’s Production Partners and Customers, ZVerse and Carbon have agreed to enter into a design partnership leveraging the ZVerse 3D Design On Demand Platform and Services optimized for the Carbon Production Network (CPN).

“We are thrilled to partner with Carbon to deliver their Production Partners and Customers the easiest path from idea to manufacturable files. Our mission is to increase the pipeline of production applications for our digital manufacturing partners, at scale, by removing the friction associated with providing design services,” said John Carrington, CEO at ZVerse. “As a Design Partner, we look forward to enabling more production opportunities for companies using Carbon DLS™ technology.”

“Carbon recognizes that removing design friction leads to more production applications and that is why this partnership is important,” said Phil DeSimone, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development of Carbon. “ZVerse will help bridge the design gap and enable Carbon customers to create previously un-makeable products using Carbon DLS technology.”

About ZVerse

ZVerse is solving the massive content creation challenge of digital manufacturing with the only 3D design on-demand platform and designer marketplace optimized for the manufacturing as a service (MaaS) ecosystem. ZVerse has combined its machine learning technology and private network of elite 3D designers to create an Automated 3D Design Cloud that provides the best experience for digital manufacturers, designers and the end customers who just need a part. The ZVerse Platform processes thousands of design requests per day for our digital manufacturing partners who are producing parts for industrial applications. To learn more, visit www.zverse.com, connect with us on LinkedIn or email info@zverse.com

About Carbon

Carbon’s mission is to reinvent how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware, and molecular science to deliver industry-leading digital manufacturing solutions. With Carbon’s ground-breaking Digital Light Synthesis™ technology and broad family of programmable liquid resins, manufacturers can unlock new business opportunities such as mass customization, on-demand inventory, and previously impossible product designs. The Carbon Platform allows customers to build uniquely differentiated products while reducing waste and speeding time to market. To learn more, visit www.Carbon3d.com, like the Carbon Facebook page, or follow Carbon on Instagram and Twitter at @Carbon.

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Xometry and ZVerse Announce Partnership to Deliver 3D Design On-Demand Services to Manufacturing Customers https://zverse.com/2019/03/06/xometry-and-zverse-announce-partnership-to-deliver-3d-design-on-demand-services-to-manufacturing-customers/ https://zverse.com/2019/03/06/xometry-and-zverse-announce-partnership-to-deliver-3d-design-on-demand-services-to-manufacturing-customers/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:15:17 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=34193 GAITHERSBURG, Md. and COLUMBIA, S.C., April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Xometry, the largest on-demand manufacturing platform, has partnered with ZVerse, the leading 3D design on-demand platform, to create manufacturable 3D files for customers who need parts designed from scratch, existing CAD files modified or legacy parts reverse engineered. “A common manufacturing roadblock we see is that...

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. and COLUMBIA, S.C., April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Xometry, the largest on-demand manufacturing platform, has partnered with ZVerse, the leading 3D design on-demand platform, to create manufacturable 3D files for customers who need parts designed from scratch, existing CAD files modified or legacy parts reverse engineered.

“A common manufacturing roadblock we see is that a customer needs a part produced, but they may not have a 3D file or their current file is not ready for manufacturing,” said Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry.  “Also, many customers need reverse engineering of their legacy parts that have been manufactured for years without a digital file which is required for today’s digital manufacturing age. By partnering with ZVerse, we’ve removed these roadblocks for our customers to get the custom manufactured parts they need. ”

ZVerse’s 3D Design On-Demand platform bridges the gap from an idea or a 2D image data file to a 3D file optimized for the selected manufacturing process including CNC, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing and more.  Machine learning is used to predict the cost to design a part for manufacturing in any material or process which reduces a major friction point to execute design for manufacturing at scale.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Xometry to provide a valuable solution for their customers,” said John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse.  “Our 3D design on-demand platform enables Xometry to capture additional manufacturing opportunities by providing a digital file ready for manufacturing.  We’ve combined our machine learning technology and proprietary content management tools with our world class designers to provide customers the fastest path from an idea or existing 2D content into a manufacturable part produced in any material or process.”

About Xometry:

Xometry is driving the business of American manufacturing through a proprietary software platform which offers on-demand manufacturing to a diverse customer base, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.  We provide product designers and engineers the most efficient way to source high-quality custom parts, with 24/7 access to instant pricing, expected lead time and manufacturability feedback. Our nationwide network of over 1,000 partner manufacturing facilities enables us to maintain consistently fast lead times while offering a broad array of capabilities, including CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Injection Molding and Urethane Casting. Xometry has over 9,000 customers, including BMW, General Electric and NASA.

About ZVerse:

ZVerse is solving the massive content creation challenge of direct digital manufacturing with the only 3D design on-demand platform and designer marketplace optimized for the manufacturing as a service (MaaS) ecosystem.

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ZVerse Integrates with PlanGrid to Turn Blueprints into Beautiful 3D Printed Models https://zverse.com/2019/03/05/zverse-plangrid-integration/ https://zverse.com/2019/03/05/zverse-plangrid-integration/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:33:51 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=34293 SAN FRANCISCO and COLUMBIA, S.C., June 7, 2018/PRNewswire/ — ZVerse today announced that they have partnered with PlanGrid to integrate its Design On-Demand platform with PlanGrid, the leader in construction productivity software. The integration makes it easy for contractors, building owners, engineers and architects to create 3D printed models from existing assets, such as blueprints and scan data. The process for...

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SAN FRANCISCO and COLUMBIA, S.C., June 7, 2018/PRNewswire/ — ZVerse today announced that they have partnered with PlanGrid to integrate its Design On-Demand platform with PlanGrid, the leader in construction productivity software. The integration makes it easy for contractors, building owners, engineers and architects to create 3D printed models from existing assets, such as blueprints and scan data. The process for creating 3D printed models can be a cumbersome, time consuming and frustrating task.

Previously, PlanGrid users needed to download copies of drawings from the platform onto a desktop, hire a 3D artist with knowledge of 3D printing for architecture, and manage the project from start to finish. ZVerse partnered with PlanGrid to make it easy for construction teams to transfer necessary assets from PlanGrid directly into the ZVerse Design On-Demand platform without copying, downloading and re-uploading. Once the assets are received within the ZVerse platform, PlanGrid users can painlessly request 3D printed models or parts.

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“PlanGrid has one of the largest repositories of blueprints in the world. ZVerse is the only 3D design and printing service that has streamlined the process of turning blueprints into 3D printed models. The partnership and integration was a no-brainer, and we are very excited to get started.”

-John Carrington, Founder & CEO, ZVerse

“We are very excited to add ZVerse Design on-Demand services to our growing list of integration partners. PlanGrid customers can now turn their drawings into beautiful 3D printed models, and the integration  is yet another example of how our partners help maximize the value of our technology.”

-James Cook, Head of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, PlanGrid

ZVerse’s 3D Design On-Demand platform bridges the gap from an idea or a 2D image data file to a 3D file optimized for the selected manufacturing process including 3D printing, CNC, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication and more.

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Keeping Customers in Your Ecosystem https://zverse.com/2019/01/17/keeping-customers-in-your-ecosystem/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:25:51 +0000 http://zverse.com/?p=36632 The post Keeping Customers in Your Ecosystem appeared first on ZVerse 3D Solutions.

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A lot has been written in the last few years about customer experience, customer retention and the “ecosystem” of a company. But what does this mean exactly? And what steps can a company take to keep customers thriving within its ecosystem without defecting to a competitor?

One definition geared toward the tech industry describes an ecosystem as a “complex network of interconnected systems” –  while the biological definition states that it is “a biological community of interacting organisms.” When looking at a company’s ecosystem in relation to customer experience and customer retention, both system connectedness and human interaction play necessary roles.

To keep customers coming back for the entire array of services and products offered, here are three key things to consider:

Understand Your Own Ecosystem

Every company has a unique culture that includes rituals, rules, legacy issues and procedures. Some elements of this culture affect company velocity in a positive way and some affect it negatively. Developing an honest assessment of the culture that looks at the whole operation holistically will allow a company to see the entire system from a high level. For example, if a company has a strong sales and service department but is weak in on-time delivery and logistics, an evaluation of the entire landscape as an organic whole will point to the cultural culprit to allow corrections to be made.

Define Specific and Focused Strategies

While this may sound like a statement of the obvious, companies often develop strategies too general and too generic to benefit customers. Vague initiatives declaring as a goal to be the “Industry Leader” add little to the success of retaining customers as every company is assumed to have this goal. Strategies aimed at specific and focused goal allow customer-centric campaigns and the development of new products and services that are innovative and adaptable.

Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, set a strategic target for the company to become a consumer digital hub. Products were not predefined when the goal was set. Instead, they were built as interconnecting products and services in support of the goal and became crucial elements in Apple’s ecosystem. That ecosystem, and the value of a seamless digital hub for all its products, allowed them to build a strong base of customer loyalty and build products that kept them there.

Develop Partnerships

Partnerships can support a company ecosystem and can eventually be added to it to strengthen value perception and level areas with gaps.

  • Internal:

Partnerships for internal assistance are especially important for small and medium sized companies with limited resources. By outsourcing areas such as Human Resources, IT and even some Finance functions, these small to medium businesses can focus fully on customer experience and retention.

  • External:

External partnerships can include high level marketing companies for brand management. Brand management today is complex, and many companies lack resources to staff full time marketing.

For a clear example of how a company can utilize the above tactics to improve customer retention, let’s look at the Digital Manufacturing Industry. Digital manufacturers often struggle to keep leads inside their ecosystem because, often times, a lead needs specific 3D files in order to start a project. So if, say, an inventor with a patent drawing comes to a manufacturer, the manufacturer must push them outside of their ecosystem in order to acquire a manufacturable 3D file.

This issue became apparent to manufacturers like Xometry and 3D Systems, who needed to expand their offerings in order to increase customer retention. Rather than standing up an entire 3D Design department, they developed an external partnership with ZVerse, Inc. to offer 3D Design services, and in turn, keep their customers in orbit from ideation to production.

When considering customer retention tactics, every company is unique. It may take one, two, or a mix of multiple recommendations to keep more customers in orbit- all depending on the needs of the customer, as well as the company ecosystem as a whole.

ZVerse’s CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform allows any level of user to get parts designed for manufacturing with ease.  For beginners who have only drawings or sketches to those with just an idea and description, they can turn concepts into 3D printable files and 3D printed parts.  The projects are matched with design expertise with cost quoted up front and the end user has control over the life of the project and can view the models prior to print.  These solutions make ZVerse a valuable partner in the search for legacy parts.

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