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Konica Minolta Strikes Deal to Sell ZVerse LAYR 2D-to-3D Content Creation Platform

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

konica-minoltaSouth Carolina-based 3D printing app and software manufacturer ZVerse has revealed a new non-exclusive software reseller agreement with Japanese innovation giant Konica Minolta. The deal can see the US division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions selling access to ZVerse LAYR, its 2D-to-3D content creation platform. The Konica Minolta sales force can contribute LAYR as part of their office software packages which frequently comes with workflow systems like networked copiers, imaging systems, printing devices and as a expanding sector, 3D printing devices and 3D printing.

zverse logoThe ZVerse LAYR app was made to rapidly and easily convert 2D images like artwork, photographs or logos into 3D printable files. The app works with a set of easy tools which allow actually novice users to rapidly generate 3D content. The app can in addition connect with 3D printing services companies and contribute quotes for 3D printing the resulting file, and can in addition be utilized to manage and system 3D data to in-house 3D printing devices. The app is fully scalable and can be utilized by tiny operations all the way up to sizeable, global corporations.

“The largest challenge to widespread adoption of 3D printing, is which you require a 3D file. And creating these files can be a quite inefficient and expensive system. We created the ZVerse LAYR platform to solve the challenge of 3D printable content creation. ZVerse LAYR is a turnkey suite of software applications which manufacture any 2D content 3D printable. Simply put, We 3D 2D,” said ZVerse CEO John Carrington.

LAYR converts 2D images into 3D printable models.

LAYR converts 2D images into 3D printable models.

Current ZVerse customers include commercial printing providers, marketing agencies, architecture firms, engineers, product designers and K-12 educational institutions. The new partnership with Konica Minolta can allow the expanding app company to expand into new, additional mature markets who may not yet have invested into 3D printing innovation. In order to assist these new customers without in-house 3D printing devices, ZVerse has a network of three hundred 3D printing service providers who can be contributeing their services throughout North America to Konica Minolta customers who purchase the LAYR app.

“We are quite excited of this partnership. We are may already that successfully selling a line of 3D printing devices, but the LAYR platform takes the opportunity to an entirely new level. We are bundling ZVerse services with a 3D printing device, or alternatively, we are selling the services platform and sales training to enable them to enter the market without an equipment investment. It is a key strategic partnership for us,” explained Vice President of Solutions and Production Planning at Konica Minolta, Gavin Jordan-Smith.

Konica Minolta contributes a full range of 3D Systems 3D printing devices.

Konica Minolta contributes a full range of 3D Systems 3D printing devices.

Konica Minolta may already has a reseller deal with 3D Systems for the ProJet series of 3D printing devices, which include the Color Jet printing devices, Multi-Jet printing devices and the Cube computer 3D printing devices. LAYR can generate 3D content and and so rapidly send the new 3D printable file directly to any networked 3D printing device. The on the market materials include a wide-range of plastic filaments as well as the composite VisiJet PXL materials created exclusively by 3D systems. The LAYR software is expected to be on the market of Konica Minolta resellers sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Discuss in the ZVerse 3D Printing Deal forum over at 3DPB.com.