Phenix Systems designs, manufactures and sells proprietary 3D printers, which print chemically pure fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns. Materials include stainless steel, tool steel, super alloys, non-ferrous alloys, precious metals and alumina for a variety of aerospace, automotive and patient specific medical device applications.

“The combination of Phenix Systems’ unique direct metal technology with 3D Systems’ extensive technology portfolio strengthens the company’s offerings and immediately positions it at the heart of the fast-growing aerospace, automotive, defence and patient specific healthcare manufacturing opportunities,” 3D Systems said. The transaction adds printers and materials, strengthens the company’s selective laser sintering technology platform and is expected to be accretive to the company’s non-GAAP earnings in the first full year following the completion of transaction.

“Phenix represents the perfect strategic fit for us and we are thrilled to welcome François Reymondet, Patrick Teulet and their entire team to 3D Systems once the deal has closed,” said Avi Reichental, president and CEO, 3D Systems. “Our complementary capabilities in advanced manufacturing combined with our effective R&D and extensive marketplace reach and coverage are sure to result in current and future direct metal solutions that will delight our customers.”

François Reymondet, CEO of Phenix Systems, stated: “We have watched and admired 3D Systems for many years as they have driven the adoption of 3D content-to-print solutions globally. We believe that now is the right time to combine our efforts to take advantage of the accelerating demand for direct metal production."

This acquisition is expected to close in July 2013. After conditions are met and the acquisition closes, 3D Systems intends to launch a takeover bid on the remaining 20% of the shares of Phenix Systems. 

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