Published Feb. 18, 2016
Columbia-based tech startup ZVerse announced Wednesday it has reached a non-exclusive software reseller agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. for its 2D-to-3D content creation platform.
The agreement calls for Konica Minolta’s sales force to sell access to ZVerse LAYR, which offers solutions designed to make two-dimensional (2D) content 3D printable.
"The biggest challenge to widespread adoption of 3D printing, is that you need a 3D file. And creating these files can be a very inefficient and expensive process," said John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse. "We designed the ZVerse LAYR platform to solve the challenge of 3D printable content creation. ZVerse LAYR is a turnkey suite of software applications that make any 2D content 3D printable. “
ZVerse customers include commercial printers, marketing agencies, architects and engineers, and schools. "The Konica Minolta partnership will extend our reach in mature markets," Carrington said. "We are very excited about this partnership which supports our mission to make all 2D content 3D printable. And our initial feedback indicates that ZVerse LAYR is meeting a demand for 3D printing in traditional 2D content markets."
Konica Minolta, a $10 billion-a-year company, already is successfully selling a line of 3D printers, but the LAYR platform takes the opportunity to an entirely new level," said Gavin Jordan-Smith, vice president of solutions and production planning at Konica Minolta.
“We are bundling ZVerse services with a 3D printer, or alternatively, we are selling the services platform and sales training to enable them to enter the market without an equipment investment. It's a key strategic partnership for us," Jordan-Smith said.
Konica Minolta expects to offer ZVerse LAYR in second quarter of 2016.
Headquartered at 1601 Shop Road, privately held ZVerse offers a cloud-based technology platform used to transform any 2D content into 3D printable content. The software can be used by graphic arts, education, medical and architecture professionals.
The company’s major niche is the use of its 3D application to make reproductions of college stadiums.ZVerse, Konica Minolta partner is sale of 3D printing software