3D Systems Bundles Alibre Design™ Software with its New V-Flash Desktop Modeler
3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, and Alibre, Inc., a provider of 3-D CAD software for mechanical design and manufacturing, today announced that 3D Systems new V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler will include Alibre Design™ Xpress 3D parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software.
We are very pleased to partner with an experienced and innovative software company like Alibre to give users of the V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler the best tools for making their designs a reality, said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems president and chief executive officer. With the capability to create high-quality, ready-to-use, three-dimensional models in the office, home or school setting, and the affordability of this solution, we believe that this modeler and its accompanying technology will usher in a new expansion era of Rapid Prototyping to a broader range of market applications.
Alibre and 3D Systems have a common Vision of eliminating the barriers to 3-D design and manufacturing, said Greg Milliken, CEO of Alibre. You no longer need tens of thousands of dollars or an expertise in 3-D CAD. True Art-to-Part on your desktop is now accessible to anyone. For literally the cost of about one license of a traditional 3-D CAD system, you now can have a 3-D idea factory right on your desk at the office, home or school.
The V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler is the first product from 3D Systems based on its new Film Transfer Imaging (FTI) technology platform, and was launched in September with a base price of $9,900. Currently, 3D Systems is conducting a phased rollout of the V-Flash™ Modeler in the United States and plans to introduce it in Europe early in 2008.
Easy to use, Alibre Design™ Xpress software emphasizes the features that are most commonly used every day in 3-D CAD software and avoids the high-end bells and whistles that small groups of experts use. It provides parametric modeling of parts and assemblies, along with 2-D detailed drawings. In addition, this software has import and export capabilities via industry standard formats such as STEP, IGES, DXF and DWG as well as STL export capability that provides a direct interface to the V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler and other 3D Systems Rapid Prototyping solutions.
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