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CDG help school win Student F1 prize


Thank you so much for making it possible for our team to reach race day. None of that could have been done without your generous sponsorship. At the competition we won the entry class competition and had a fantastic day. We may even enter development class next year. Thank you for making it possible.

Yours sincerely

Colin Soppitt

Team SeedWing

The Mary Erskine School 


Well done boys!

F1 in schools

FabPro now with Dental Biocompatible materials


Digital Light Printing (DLP) technology uses a projector to image each layer within a photopolymer-based dental material for easy and precise printing, with the ability to build several smaller parts on a single platform for increased productivity. 3D Sprint™ software for print preparation and management provides an easy user interface, and changing materials and post-processing is easy with comprehensive solutions.FabPro 1000 Dental Models

  • Certified and Biocompatible Materials

    3D Systems is optimizing the recently announced FabPro 1000 desktop printer for compatibility with selected NextDent biocompatible materials for specific dental applications, starting with surgical guides and orthodontic and denture models.

  • Start to Finish Workflow

    The FabPro 1000 can be combined with other 3D Systems dental solution components to create a comprehensive and trusted workflow. This includes the NextDent LC-3DMixer for optimal stirring of materials, and the NextDent LC-3DPrint Box for UV post-curing.

    LC-3DPrint Box Mixer for the Fabpro 1000

    3D Systems NextDent Ortho Rigid Material

  • Lower Costs, Delivered

    Engineered for material efficiency and repeatability, the FabPro 1000 makes digital dentistry more accessible and affordable than ever before. And it’s simple to use—from set-up to material loading, post-processing, cleaning and maintenance—making it a perfect entry-level benchtop solution.

Dental Labs future with NextDent and 3D Systems


Interview: 3D Systems to redefine digital dentistry with NextDent 5100

"I fundamentally believe it starts with the materials - use case by use case, once you have the materials, hardware and software workflow, we can switch to digital" - Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems' CEO.

by  Feb 2018


CDG in pole position at Develop3D Live


CDG are at the Develop3D Live Show at Warwick University on Tuesday 20th March. See the award winning ProJet 2500, plus the latest Omni, Intamsys and Zmorph 3D printers. You can't miss us!

Develop3D Live 2018

3DXpert for SolidWorks


Market leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems has announced the launch of 3DXpert for SolidWorks, a 3D print preparation software package that optimises 3D designs for additive manufacturing. 3DXpert is available exclusively to SOLIDWORKS customers as part of their annual subscription. The upgraded 3DXpert software includes a new range of tools to create a direct path from SOLIDWORKS designs to both metal and plastic additive manufacturing.

3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS workflow. Image via 3D Systems.
3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS workflow. Image via 3D Systems.

Helping designers fulfill technological potential

Despite the importance of more of the workforce reorienting their existing skills in light of the growth of additive manufacturing, 3D Systems suggests that the difficulty of this is preventing some designers taking full advantage of 3D printing technologies.

With the new 3DXpert software, SOLIDWORKS users will have the design freedom to deliver complex geometries, light-weight parts without compromising strength, and to apply surface textures that deliver functional or aesthetic benefits.

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the adoption of additive manufacturing,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, SOLIDWORKS CEO. “As a result, we collaborated with 3D Systems to provide SOLIDWORKS users with the tools to help them design specifically for additive manufacturing, which requires a different set of operations and rules than more traditional, subtractive manufacturing.”

The key features of 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS

As part of the design workflow in 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, designers can import native CAD data without the need to convert it to STL, and maintain the integrity of the original design until 3D printing it.

Another important feature is the ability to optimize the object structure. This can be done through freely altering lattice structures or infill designs, modifying surface texture, and implementing automatic adjustments based on 3DXpert’s FEA linear-stress analysis.

Similarly, support structures can be designed to simultaneously deliver quality prints and save material by minimizing supports. In 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, automatic analysis inserts supports where they are needed, but these can also be tilted, scaled, or reconfigured to facilitate their removal.

Support structures can be edited freely to suit each 3D print job. Image via 3D Systems.
Support structures can be edited freely to suit each 3D print job. Image via 3D Systems.

Preparation time well spent

Finally, print preparation time is streamlined with automatic features such as tray setup, estimations of material usage, and calculations of build time.

Hybrid CAD tools, automatic best fit options, build plate positioning, and multiple format export options also ensure minimal divergence from the CAD design and the 3D printed result. 3D Systems CEO Vyomesh Joshi commented that:

“This collaboration enables SOLIDWORKS users to create more shapes, more ways, and accelerate product development cycles while lowering costs.”

“We are offering designers a true competitive advantage while re-defining the design and manufacturing process,” Joshi added. 

Carbon-filled Nylon filament


CDG are stocking the new super strong Carbon-filled Nylon filament. But even bigger news is that it is now certified for use on the Omni Factory 2.0 large-format Production filament 3D printer. This is a major development in for companies requiring optimum mechanical performance for 3D printed parts. The Omni enables batch production and XL part printing.

Krzysztof Kardach, Principal 3D Printing Technologist at OMNI3D, comments, “CF-PA-12 is a polyamide 12 (PA 12) based composite, reinforced with carbon fibers. It has exceptional durability as well as high stiffness and tensile strength. The last feature is especially worth noting, because carbon fibre has over 2.5 times more strength than the popular ABS-42.”

Carbon-filled Nylon specification:-

  • Tensile Strength is 105 MPa
  • Heat Distortion Temperature is 160 degrees C

Carbon-filled Nylon filament

Please ask for a free sample.

Call: 01420 88645


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