3D Systems Acquires The3DStudio.com

Today 3D Systems announced that it has acquired The3DStudio.com, an internet company that offers 3D and 2D content and resources such as 3D models, textures, tutorials, plug-ins, gallery art, stock photos and even software.

The3DStudio.com was founded in 1996 by Matt Anderson as a free online resource. As the web site grew he added the option for people to sell their 3D content on his web site. Today The3DStudio.com has free and for sale 3D and 2D content from programs like Autodesk 3ds max, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Lightwave, Maya, Vue, Blender, and many others. As of this writing The3DStudio.com has 1,716277 3D models, stock photos and textures.

Now you may be wondering why the heck did a company that has been making 3D printers for the past 25 years buy an internet company that sells 3D models, stock photos and textures. There are some things I know and there are those that I can’t tell you. But what I can do is tell you to watch us closely as we continue on our stated path of offering an increasing array of compelling 3D content to print solutions.


  • d3print

    I`m waiting that 3dsystems launch some CAD integrated to 3dprinter wich can use textures and photos, and print them out in colours. At same time they lauch several new printer concept`s with those texture and photo options, and all can use or by files from the old 3dstudios library. So simple is it, isn`t? 😉

  • Tom

    I think there is one theory for this acquisition which would seem fairly obvious: you (3D Systems) want to create a service along the lines of Shapeways.

    By buying the3DStudio.com, you will own a recognised and thriving exchange of 3DModels. All that needs to be done is attach the 3D printing and dispatching capabilities. By so doing, you have the means to become a player in a market with tremendous potential

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