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3D Systems acquires Boston tech firm

Staff Report
Published July 23, 2012

3D Systems Corp. of Rock Hill said Monday that it acquired Viztu Technologies, the developer of Hypr3D, an online platform that allows anyone to turn pictures and videos into printable 3D creations.

Terms of the transaction were not released.

The company expects to integrate Boston-based Viztu into, adding intuitive scan-to-print and create-to-print apps. Viztu's founders, Ash Martin and Tom Milnes, join the 3D Systems team to support content creation and capture, hardware and software developing.

"Viztu adds an important building block to our growing Cubify platform. Now everyone can begin to express themselves in 3D as easily as snapping a picture," said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing for 3D Systems. "We believe that this investment will accelerate the democratization of the entire 3D create-and-make experience for everyone."

3D Systems provides three-dimensional printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services. The company also provides computer-aided drafting software and other printing products.