3D Systems prints robotic exoskeleton suit, shares rally

A fresh 3D Systems (DDD +5.1%) PR manages to fuse two of the most hyped tech investing themes of 2013-14: 3D printing and robotics. The company announces it has printed a "hybrid Exoskeleton robotic suit" in partnership with Ekso Bionics (EKSO +2.5%), and that suit has allowed a woman paralyzed from the waist down (Amanda Boxtel) to walk.

Ekso has provided the suit's mechanical actuators and controls, and 3D has printed its "more fluid components." 3D says its designers "used 3D scanning to digitize the contours of Amanda's thighs, shins and spine and create a personalized [3D] base to inform the shape of the required assemblies."

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  • bernard_k50
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    Gepubliceerd op 18 feb 2014
    Watch Amanda Boxtel walk again after years in a wheelchair using the 3D printed bionic exoskeleton by Ekso Bionics and 3D Systems.


    I am lost for words...
    18 Feb 2014, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • Leeboy35
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    Ekso Bionics is public (OTCQB:EKSO)


    18 Feb 2014, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • Oldeman
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    I've been long and strong since just before the split, but news like this makes me much stronger. This industry is going to find loads more ways to expand than most of us can imagine.
    18 Feb 2014, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • BA Capital
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    Whether you like 3D Systems or not, you have to give them credit, they employ an absolutely genius PR team.
    18 Feb 2014, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • Leorex
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    This is interesting, but not very relevant regarding investing in 3D systems. This may be an innovative use of 3D printing, but not an innovation in 3D printing itself.


    This seems more like an innovation in robotic exoskeletons than 3D printing.
    18 Feb 2014, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • James Hillmeyer
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    Huh ?
    18 Feb 2014, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • Steven Couche
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    Haha thought the same thing. The DDD bulls will consider this a "revolutionary" product which will tap into a "horizonless market".
    18 Feb 2014, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • Ted Greidanus
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    For those of us who have been reading and studying the 3D printing world the past few years we know that the potential of the technology is almost limitless... Imagination seems to be the only limiting factor. We will be amazed as new technology in 3D printing keeps rising to the surface.
    18 Feb 2014, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • Leeboy35
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    There is huge potential in Robotics for 2014 and beyond which is clearly evident with all the acquisitions going on. Unfortunately right now most pure plays are private and hard to access. ADEP (400+% TTM return) and IRBT (100+%) have performed very well and EKSO seems to hold a lot of promise with their technology. I am definitely long this sector for the foreseeable future along with 3D printing, printed electronics (Thin Film Electronics; THIN.OL; 156% year return), RNAi (TKMR 300% year return) and augmented reality (ALSO; very speculative but solid team)
    18 Feb 2014, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • chris667
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    Wow! Almost brings a tear to the eye. Awesome!
    18 Feb 2014, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • emailog
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    The sky is the limit!
    18 Feb 2014, 09:43 PM Reply Like
  • engben
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    Pretty cool! Where are the 3D haters?
    19 Feb 2014, 01:13 AM Reply Like
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