3D Systems prints robotic exoskeleton suit, shares rally

|About: 3D Systems Corp. (DDD)|By:, SA News Editor

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."