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Hexagon acquires Aicon


Hexagon has acquired Aicon to create a world leading company focused on scanning, inspection and metrology. CDG are now partners with the new Hexagon company.


Hexagon acquires Aicon


Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, today announced the acquisition of AICON 3D Systems, a leading provider of optical and portable non-contact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing.

Founded in 1990 and based in Braunschweig, Germany, AICON has been meeting the measurement needs of renowned automotive manufacturers and companies in the aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy and mechanical engineering markets for over 25 years. Its technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialised optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production.

With over 140 employees, AICON has a direct presence in Germany, subsidiaries in China, Korea, Japan, and the US and a network of resellers worldwide supported by its field support resources.

“AICON is a recognised brand with strong core technical competence across its development teams and its scanner portfolio is a strategic fit,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “We also see opportunities for international expansion of AICON’s wider portfolio throughout Hexagon’s global footprint.”

Also, the CEOs of AICON 3D Systems, Carl-Thomas Schneider and Werner Bösemann, further commented: “Joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our first-class AICON scanner products to a wide range of customers worldwide.”

AICON will be fully consolidated as of April. The company's turnover for 2015 amounted to approximately 19 MEUR. Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.

Through a network of local service centres, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity.  Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information, automate business processes and improve productivity. They are used in a broad range of vital industries. Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has more than 15,000 employees in 46 countries and net sales of approximately 2.6bn EUR. Learn more at

ProJet 2500 MultiJet High Res Printer


The new ProJet 2500 MultiJet printer (MJP) is recommended as a best-in-class solution combining high resolution, high accuracy, smooth surfaces, thin layers with a large choice of plastic, rubber, elastomeric and clear materials.

ProJet 2500 parts

ProJet 2500 specification

ProJet 2500 3D Printer

Z650 3D Printer for sale


CDG have a rare Z650 ZPrinter available as a 2nd-User system. It is offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Z650 Specification:-

381x254x203 mm build volume
Mono & CMYK full colour
90 micron layers
High resolution printing
12 months warranty with support for UK mainland


Z650 3D Printer for sale 2nd-User

Wood material launched for CubePro


A new Wood based filament is now available for the CubePro.

3D Systems is pleased to announce the release of Wood material for the CubePro. This merging of tradition and technology combines the timelessness of wood and the possibilities and precision of the CubePro 3D printer. Comprised of a blend of wood shavings and plastic, Wood is a material that captures the aesthetic, feel, and smell of wood.


CubePro Wood contains wood fibers that can be treated in a variety of ways to achieve various results. Parts can be sanded and finished with stains and paint.

Recommended Tools: • Modeler’s knife • Wood glue • Sandpaper • Spray bottle • Brushes • Stain • Stain Pens • Paint • Clear coat

Sanding: Parts can be sanded using different coarseness of sand paper. Use a modelers knife to trim away any unwanted seams or drooping lines. For a smooth finish, begin sanding with coarse sandpaper and then gradually reduce the coarseness of the sandpaper until the part has been sanded smooth.

Colouring: There are many options available to produce your desired results. Paints and stains can be effective and applying multiple layers of stain can darken the part even more.

Shadowing: Effects Shadowing can be very effective to enhance the features of the part.


CubePro wood material

Nukeproof 3D Printing CubePro video


Nukeproof produce innovative new bike parts using CubePro 3D Printer, as supplied by CDG…


See time lapsed demo of Nukeproof bike parts being printed on CubePro…


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The Nukeproof design team says…

“Both the new Horizon Comp and Horizon Pro pedals are stiffer and lighter than our previous models thanks to the detailed Engineering and development that went into their design.  The design was optimised using 3D CAD and computer aided analysis to ensure the maximum strength and stiffness for the minimum weight, with multiple physical iterations possible thanks to our in house 3D printing technology.

With the 3D printer in-house we can quickly and cost effectively evaluate and test new design directions – with the new Nylon material option especially useful for physical test prototypes.  We have therefore optimised stiffness of the pedal platform, weight and durability of the pedal body without sacrificing any unnecessary development time!”


Nukeproof CubePro 3D Printer

ProJet 2500 Printer at CES


3DS Press Release 5th Jan: At CES 2016 3D Systems will preview the ProJet MJP 2500 Series 3D printers, which are in beta testing. Combining professional grade 3D printing capabilities with an affordable, office-friendly footprint and easy part processing, the ProJet MJP 2500 Series is designed to enable a broader range of professionals to create precision parts without leaving their workplace.

CDG are there to view the printer for our UK customers. Email to find out more...

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