UNYQ will commercialize 3D Systems’ personalized fairings, braces and casts
SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 2, 2015 — UNYQ, the pioneer in affordable personalized prosthetic fashion, and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), the leader in 3D digital design and fabrication, today announced a multilayer partnership to actively invest in bringing 3D printing technologies to the prosthetics and orthotics industries and to democratize patient access to stylish, life enhancing devices.
The collaboration combines UNYQ’s knowledge in cost-effective production and nimble go-to-market approach with 3D Systems’ vast portfolio of prosthetic and orthotic devices and advanced manufacturing expertise. The partnership also involves a significant exchange of intellectual property. Under the agreement, UNYQ becomes a preferred partner for commercializing 3D Systems’ personalized prosthetic fairings, braces and casts.
“We are thrilled to join forces with UNYQ,” says Avi Reichental, President & CEO, 3D Systems. “Together, our two companies are making these life-changing medical solutions more advanced, more impactful and more accessible for everyone with prosthetic and orthotics needs. We are excited to work with a company that has built such a strong community of patients and providers across the globe.”
3D Systems greatly expanded its expertise in prosthetic, orthotic and orthopedic solutions through the acquisition of Bespoke Innovations in 2012. Through this agreement, UNYQ will bring to market many of Bespoke’s original designs, as well as, new product developments including 3D Systems’ personalized scoliosis braces.
Today about one in every 200 individuals live with an amputation; however, they have never had the option of affordable and personalized cosmetic prosthesis which substantially enhance one's quality of life.
As a first step, UNYQ will integrate 3D Systems’ line of prosthetic fairings into its offering over the next few months. An orthotic product line will follow later in the year.
“3D Systems and UNYQ are perfect partners for scaling commercial applications of 3D printed prosthetic and orthotics solutions,” says Eythor Bender, CEO and cofounder, UNYQ. “With their cutting edge technology and groundbreaking work in this field and our market traction, we are well equipped to bring our production closer to our customers around the world.”
“As an amputee and engineer myself, I can say this market is ripe for disruption,” says Manuel Boza, Chief Creative Officer and cofounder, UNYQ. “Teaming up with 3D Systems fast tracks our vision to bring choice, style and personalization to the hundreds of millions of people who rely on these devices for a better quality of life.”
About 3D Systems
3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. www.3dsystems.com.
UNYQ is pioneering prosthetic fashion by 3D printing stylish prosthetic covers that are made to fit the individual and restore body symmetry. Amputees can select from dozens of collections available in countless color combinations or work with UNYQ to design their own signature style. www.unyq.com.
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