3D Systems (DDD +0.2%) is acquiring a Xerox (XRX -0.5%) R&D group focused on solid ink engineering and product design for $32.5M in cash. The group is based out of Wilsonville, OR, and has 100+ engineers/contractors. (PR)
3D calls the deal an expansion of a partnership with Xerox that already gave birth to 3D's high-end ProJet printers. Xerox, the sole supplier of solid ink printing solutions, asserts the technology delivers better color print quality and produces far less waste than traditional color laser printing.
3D has already been paying attention to color quality. Two weeks ago, the company launched the ProJet 4500, which it calls the only "continuous-tone, full-color plastic 3D printer available on the market."